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    Why do you need THAT MUCH AMMO?!?!

    Howdy, Folks,
    I've been asked on more than 1 occasions, "Why do you need HTAT MUCH ammo?"
    My response to them was, "Have you ever gone shooting?" Typically it's someone who doesn't know guns or only shoots enough to zero their deer hunting scopes. My brother-in-law, who before this weekend was new to guns asked me the same question to my just under 2k centerfire and 2k rimfire (the moste MCAS Cherry Point will allow me to legally own on post) I keep in my house. I tried to debate with him but as a non-gun-owner he didn't understand. He had no clue as to why I had about 5k sitting at my parents' house (military guy here) or why I ordered ammo in bulk and buy a of ammo (whenever I'm under my limit) when I'm at some place that sells ammo. Like in my old post, it all was made clear to him, we put 15 rounds down range at at time. When I put 16 for me and 15 SD ammo from him plus 200 rounds of practice ammo for mostly me and him plus 2 cousins putting 1 and 2 mags respecteviely down range, he figured it out real quick.
    When a non gunner asks you why do you have so much ammo, offer to take him or her shooting. Once they go shooting, they'll understand that when you have that much fun with one mag, they'll understand how *forgive my crude language but* stupid the magazine capacity laws are. A 15 round mag of 9x19mm has put 1 voter and 2 future voters in the position to understand that badguys will have what they wand and goodguys will be limited in not only defense capability but also the ability to have fun at the range.
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    sounds like just enough ammo for a start.
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    *forgive my crude language but*
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    I've been asked a similar question.
    My reply... I don't "need" that much ammunition right now, I just find it convenient to have a stockpile handy and if the situation should ever arise that I do NEED that much ammo it's probably going to be a time when going to the store for more is out of the question.
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    Don`t tell how much ammo you have.

    This reminds me of when I am asked how many guns do I own? My standard answer is "why"?
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    Standard answer to "why do you need that much ammo?": "With today's ammo prices, you stock up whenever you find a good deal."

    Standard answer to "how many guns do you own?": "Not enough."

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    My response, if anyone bugged me, would be that you only need 1 round for a murder, but 100's for a target practice session.

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    The only people who know how many guns I have, which guns I have, or how much ammo I have are my wife and my two sons.

    When I get the question "How many guns do you own?" my reply is "a few". For the question of "How much ammo do you keep on hand?" my reply is: "Enough for target practice, hunting, and shooting matches".

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    Why do you need to vote in every election? Why do we need so many television and radio stations? Why do we need so many newspapers?

    Because those are fundamental rights -- just like owning firearms and ammunition.

    And nobody has a right to demand we "justify" our fundamental rights.

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    When a non gunner asks you why do you have so much ammo,
    Why would they ask?

    I'm wondering how a non-gunner would know how much ammo I have ... no one, excepting residents of my household, my brothers and my two closest shooting buddies, is ever gonna see inside my ammo storage cabinet, nor is this a topic that generally comes up in casual conversation.

    I'm all for educating the non-gun folk I come in contact with, and attempting to make them understand that owning thirty or forty firearms doesn't mean I maintain an "arsenal," and that having a few thousand rounds of handgun and rifle ammo on hand should not be considered unusual, or indicate I'm paranoid or planning a revolution ... BUT, some things just don't need to be advertised, like whether or not you wear boxers or brief ... or if your wife is a natural blonde ... only the people who need to know, should know, some things.
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    What scared me recently was how low my stockpile had fallen. I have roughly 3K rounds coming to me in various 7.62 calibers. I was mad I had let it fall that fast!
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    First Range Trip

    My wife wondered about my "stockpile" until her first range trip.

    We went through a bunch of ammo in under three hours.

    Since then, she periodically asks if we have enough.

    I always tell her I have to check.

    She tells me to never mind, and pick up a couple of boxes.




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    Arfin,
    Not there with my wife yet, but since I started showing her the contents of the "brass pickup bag" when I come home she has a better understanding of just how much shooing one does at the average range session.

    (Of course Tinygnat and I know that not all of that brass is from me, but that'll just be our little THR secret <grin>)
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    Everyone is different - but not wrong.

    I believe that you hit the nail on the head with
    only shoots enough to zero their deer hunting scopes.
    Many of my friends deer hunt and that's the ONLY hunting that they do. They do very little target practice. They sight-in their deer rifle each year using 5-10 cartridges or a full box if they've mounted a new scope or bought a different rifle.

    They have a box or two of cartridges for each gun they own and this may only be one or two guns. To them, it seems like overkill to have several thousand rounds on hand. They don't realize that target shooters may go thru thousands of rounds in just one (or several) month(s).
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    is ever gonna see inside my ammo storage cabinet
    Your ammo fits in a cabinet???

    I didn't even understand ammo consumption until I took a one-day pistol course - sort of a basic tactical - and burned >500rds and had to start borrowing from another participant. Now my wife doesn't bat an eye at case purchases.

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    It's a biiiigg cabinet. And yeah, you gotta get the wife indoctrinated ...
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    "Why do you need THAT MUCH AMMO?!?!"

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    Ask them why they have so much toilet paper. How big a mess are they planning to make, anyway?
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    Standard answer to "how many guns do you own?"
    "One more gun will be just enough. Maybe." (I read that somewhere, and can relate to it)
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    My wife doesn't know how much ammo I have. Nobody does.

    Heck, I don't even know.

    A better question might be, why do I need so many books.
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    "Why do you need THAT MUCH ammo?"
    Need vs want... sometimes I say need when I should say want. Besides a suitable supply of oxygen and approximately 5 liters of blood I suppose there's not too much else I need on a minute by minute basis.

    Some other thoughts

    Why do you need/want/have more than a day worth of food?
    Why do you need/want/have more than one set of clothes?
    Why do you have so much toilet paper?

    I have three kilorounds of center fire ammunition (a small amount in my opinion). Some people have more others have less. Instead of buying small quantities of ammunition every time I go shooting I keep enough on hand for a number of trips. My ammunition collection (see now its a collection) is also insurance against supply interruptions and price fluctuations. Also ammo is very shiny and makes a joyful noise. Ammunition in storage isn't going to do anything while sitting there so there is no logical reason (to my knowledge) to fear it.

    Statements about having a large reserve in order to survive some SHTF event probably won't do anything constructive to the opinions of someone that asks the original question. Perhaps the best way to find an answer they can use is to politely ask them why they ask? Maybe like another poster said they don't have a good concept of the rate of consumption.

    Maybe the answer is to say "eh, that's just how much I have right now". The quantity of ammo you have is not a big deal unless its not enough.

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    I just reply "zombies."
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    If they think you're nuts for having a bunch of ammo.. send them over to some arfcom ammo/magazine threads. I can't remember who it was that posted it was cheaper when you eliminated the middle man and buy straight from the factory - with 35,000 rounds. And he had pictures of it in his garage.

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    Simple Economics

    Unlike food and fuel, ammo keeps indefinitely.

    Ammo more than sixty years old still shoots just fine.

    That means you can store ammo purchased at today's prices until you need it for practice or hunting or whatever, and, on the day you use it, you will realize a cost savings of whatever that day's price is, minus today's price.

    I have ammo I bought when it was $9.00/100, and that same ammo today is $15.00/100. When I finally shoot it, I will have realized a savings of, at the very least, $6.00 a box. Give it another year or two and I may save double what I paid for it.

    If I could do the same trick with food, I certainly would, but food spoils and takes up a lot more room than ammo does.

    Buying ammo well in advance of using it just makes good economic sense.


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    Q: "Why do you have so much ammo"

    A: "Lots of my ammo has grown in value faster then any stock i've ever owned- so why dont you have any?"

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