Defensive ammo

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by RRoss, May 15, 2012.

  1. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    I just read another thread about "what defensive ammo do you carry?"
    Got me thinking:
    How much Defensive ammo should I have on hand? The good stuff (which I'll only use for self defense after testing) is NOT cheap ($25-$30 a box in 9mm). Right now, after filling 2 of my 3 mags, and my wife's 2 mags, I've got a little over half a box left in the safe.
     
  2. SeventiesWreckers

    SeventiesWreckers Load Bearing Wall

    It's a judgement call. It's pretty unlikely you'll find yourself still in a gunfight & having to reload empty magazines. For me it's a price thing, if I find it on sale I buy it, then put it in a airtight ammo can & don't open it. It'll be good for a long time. But ammunition is like everything else, the prices only go up. And in a few years you'll be kicking yourself for not buying more when it was half as expensive.
     

  3. Blades

    Blades Senior Member

    Depends if your a "prepper" or not. :)
    The more you can store, the better.
    As stated above, the price has only gone up. One website has 500 rounds of 9mm FMJ for $115(before shipping. A hollowpoint is about $130.00); this time next year who knows how much it will be. How much will gasoline be? Maybe the price will be the same, but shipping will have doubled. :eek:

    A FMJ bullet is better then no bullets, but a hollowpoint is better then a FMJ-- even a cheap hollowpoint may expand, a FMJ will never expand.
     
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  4. RRoss

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    I forgot about the FMJ rounds. I have an extra 100 rnds squirreled away because of price. My wife and I are stalking Walmart shelves every time we go in there for the best 9mm deals. They have a box of 250 FMJ for just under $50 that we are getting on Friday. Not sure yet if we are going to shoot it or store it. Kinda hard to store ammo in a safe made for 2 guns, a few boxes of ammo and some paperwork. I will definately keep an eye out for deals on Speer tho. Its what I carry so I want to make sure I have a small store of it.
     
  5. jonm61

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    I only keep as much SD ammo on hand as is needed to fill my magazines, for every gun in the caliber, plus whatever's left in the box. Well, not every magazine, but what I consider a "standard duty load" which is gun plus 2 spares. Habits of what I've always carried I guess. Since I have more .40s, I naturally have a lot more .40 SD ammo on hand. I also try to keep at least 500 rounds of FMJ per caliber, though I prefer to keep it over 1000. That's for handgun. For rifles, it's half that. I don't have any idea how many shotgun rounds I have on hand. I keep a good mix of buckshot and slugs, along with a little birdshot. I don't keep that much on hand for my .25, because it hardly ever leaves the safe. For .22lr, I have some FMJ and some HPs, but only because I bought whatever was on sale. I have 1000-1500, maybe even 2000, on hand. I'm running low on 10mm and .357Sig, but my ammo cabinet won't hold much more. I need a bigger cabinet! :)
     
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    I actually collect SD ammo in all calibers and manufacturer designs...

    Here is a partial list of .45 caliber only:

    Winchester Black Talons
    Speer Flying Ashtrays
    PMC Starfire
    Federal Hydro-Shoks
    Remington Golden Sabre
    Mag Safe
    Glaser Blue
    Glaser Silver
    Hornady TAP
    Hornady Critical Defense
    Hornady Zombie Max
    Cor Bon DPX
    Speer Gold Dots
    Kaswer Pin Grabbers
    Firequest Tracers
    Winchester Ranger
    Winchester Lawman

    ...and that's off the top of my head ! ;)
     
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  7. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Practice with you defense ammo to become proficient, your defense ammo will shoot differently... Don't need to buy a lot but just enough to fill your mag(s) and to practice a bit too... You're not going to use it every day so you don't need to have a lot on hand, instead save $ by buying target ammo for fun plunking and reserve ammo
     
  8. CWearTX

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    Hornady, Double Tap and Speer gold dot are what I typically use!
     
  9. SIR

    SIR New Member

    Hornady Custom 147 Grain XTP JHP. And if you're asking, you don't have enough.
     
  10. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    Hey Shooter, you got any of that DPX in 9mm that you might be willing to sell?? I can't find it locally and it is about $28 per box of 20. once you add shipping....well.:eek: It's the ammo I'd prefer to carry if I could.
     
  11. Blades

    Blades Senior Member

    Store it in a Rubbermaid container, add a desiccant pack, or some dry rice. Store in a cool, dry place.
     
  12. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Sorry my friend....it's hard to find everywhere and my inventory spreadsheet has me with:

    9mm

    1 box (20) Cor Bon DPX 95gr
    1 box (20) Cor Bon DPX 115gr +P

    45ACP

    1 box (20) Cor Bon DPX 160gr
    1 box (20) Cor Bon DPX 185gr +P

    44MAG

    1 box (20) Cor Bon DPX 225gr
     
  13. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    Eeh, thought I'd give it a try:(
     
  14. RRoss

    RRoss If it goes boom or bang, I want to play with it! Lifetime Supporting Member

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    Thanks Blades, I'll do that.
     
  15. Blades

    Blades Senior Member

    Anytime, your welcome.
    Cheap and easy, and you can always upgrade to something else in the future.
     
  16. rimshaker

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    If you can find any Winchester Ranger T-series on any kind of discount, buy some and ask questions later. The PDX1 line is the newest but only come 20 per box instead of 50. And frankly the T-series are more lethal, almost torture. Google some ballistics pics online.
     
  17. jonm61

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    :D


    I ought to do that, but I'm really not disciplined enough. I did finally record all my serial numbers and take pictures, which I still need to download from the camera, copy to my spare external hard drive and put it in the fire safe!

    A couple of years ago, I could've told you within 10 rounds exactly what I had on hand. Now there's either too much or I've gotten too old. Probably a little bit of both. :)
     
  18. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm currently in the process of the same thing with recording my on hand ammo and firearms serial numbers/model numbers/pictures etc... and I'll transfer it to a flash drive that will be locked in my safe, makes for great record keeping especially if there's a theft of a weapon...
    Definitely don't want any thefts to happen but want to be prepared if it does :)

    I might add a part in the ammo section of my records on performance grading of my personal defense ammo too