Went to the Gun Show this morning looking for ammo.
What a madhouse.
There had to have been 300 people in line to get in. Thankfully, it moved very fast…unfortunately, most of those people headed straight for the Georgia Arms ammo tables.
I waited 45 minutes to make my purchase…based on the volumes they were selling, I’d say they probably ran out of ammo by 2:00pm today.
They didn’t have any 9mm Makarov so I struck out on that one…and that’s one of the calibers that I’m really hurting for. In fact, the only two places in the show that I found 9mm Mak, it was either crappy wolf stuff that I avoid (actually, it shoots OK, but that’s gotta be the dirtiest ammo on the face of the planet. It takes forever to get a gun clean after shooting it). and one place that had a couple of boxes of ridiculously overpriced Hornady XTP that I passed up.
But what I did get is 200 rounds of 230 grain ball and 100 rounds of 185 Grain JHP in .45acp and 100 rounds of 124 grain JHP in 9mm. I would have gotten more but that’s all I could afford today. Better than nothing. That will hold us through a couple of range trips anyway.
I also picked up three more Magpul P-mags for my AR…that brings me up to 7 mags for the AR…enough to get by.
After getting home I decided to do a complete ammo inventory and see for sure what I’ve got left. I had a general idea, but I wanted to nail it down exactly. Here’s my current “stockpile”:
|.30 Carbine:||110 Grain SP||264|
|110 Grain FMJ||69|
|7.62x54R:||203 Grain SP||40|
|.30-06:||150 Grain FMJ||561|
|7.62×39:||124 Grain JHP||1420|
|5.56×45:||55 Grain FMJ||396|
|.22LR:||40 Grain CCI||851|
|40 Grain SS||43|
|9×18:||95 Grain FMJ||63|
|95 Grain JHP||43|
|9×19:||115 Grain FMJ||258|
|124 Grain JHP||100|
|147 Grain JHP||50|
|.45acp:||230 Grain FMJ||200|
|185 Grain JHP||177|
|12 Gauge:||#7 Steel Shot||85|
|Total Round Count:||4620|
Does that count as an arsenal yet? Heck that only fills the bottom two shelves of the narrow side of my relatively small gun locker. The way the media talks, “thousands of rounds of ammunition” should mean I have crates of the stuff lining the walls wouldn’t you think?
There are a few places that I could use some more stockpiling.
Actually, I don’t shoot the .30 Carbine or the Garand all that much and I rarely shoot the Mosin, so I’m comfortable not having huge stockpiles for them. My shotgun isn’t operating correctly at the moment so I haven’t worried about keeping a supply for it lately. My supply of .22lr is always in flux becuase that’s what I shoot the most of but I alwyas like to have an unopened brick in addition to the brick I’m working on. I’m desperately short on 9×18 ammo…it can be hard to find sometimes.
The SKS is my designated SHTF rifle so I always keep a sealed case of ammo for it available. The AR would be my wife’s long gun should we encounter TEOTWAWKI, so I’d like to have at least 1,000 rounds on hand for it as well; so the next time I have $450 laying around…
I’d also like to build up some more for the 9mm and the .45 but we seem to shoot that up as fast as I can afford to buy it…
Gotta get set up to reload.
How long have I been saying that again?