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Comfort Zone for Reloading Components
« on: November 03, 2009, 09:54:51 pm »

There has been discussion about "appropriate" arsenals for SHTF conditions, and everybody seems to have an opinion on their own particular "comfort zone" for quantity of storage ammo.  I would like to hear what you consider to be a "comfortable" level of reloading components, namely powder, primers and projectiles.

I would like to keep this discussion based on "common caliber" ammunition such as 9mm NATO, .45ACP, 5.56mm NATO and 7.62mm NATO.  For casting lead bullets, let us assume it takes 18# of lead (alloy) to make 1K 9mm projectiles and 33# of lead to make 1K .45ACP projectiles.  We can also assume that it takes (roughly) 1# of pistol powder for 1K handgun rounds and 4# of rifle powder for 1K 5.56mm and 6# for 1K 7.62mm.

For other calibers, please list what components would be needed.

Here is my "minimal" comfort zone:

For handguns:
100# of bullet alloy:  roughly enough for 2K each of 9mm and .45ACP
1K of 9mm jacketed bullets
1K of .45ACP jacketed bullets
5K each of small & large pistol primers (small & light and a great barter item)
8# jug of pistol powder (with HP38, roughly enough for 10K loads)
Knowledge of where future lead could be found (i.e. gun range berms)

For rifles:
2K of 5.56mm (.224") jacketed bullets
2K of 7.62.. (.308") jacketed bullets
5K each of small & large rifle primers (same logic as above)
24# (three 8# jugs) of rifle powder
A usable pistol caliber carbine, so I could use cast bullets in a long gun.

Let me hear (read) your thoughts.


-edited to correct a wrong number-

« Last Edit: November 03, 2009, 09:57:57 pm by AwkwardStage »
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