foxx wrote:Maybe I over think these decisions, but I see each gun as part of a system, and it's own system. It's cleaning tools, the mainteinance, cost of parts or repair, the knowledge of it's workings, the cost of mags, which brand ammo works best, how many rounds before I replace the barrel, etc.. et...
Then there's the consideration of range, do I want a scope, accessories, (tac lights), single sling point or two, it just seems to go on and on. It's information overload. It makes me want to get a .357 magnum lever gun and a good horse, call it a day.
I'm going to get flammed for asking, but... Why do I need so much ammo? What or who will I be shooting at, and am I at home, on the road, or on foot? I live in the country, unless we're looking at Red Dawn, how much shooting will I be doing? If civilization falls apart, I guess I would love to have a lifetime supply of ammo for numerous guns.
Planning and prepping for anything and everything is impossible for me. If I had an automatic rifle, I'd probably waste lots of ammo in a gun fight, no training for such things with auto weapons. OTOH, I have shot semi-auto guns, and try to make each shot count, when it comes to target practice and past hunting experiences.
You are thinking exactly the right amount. Not a damn thing wrong with keeping things simple. NOT a damn thing wrong with a 357 lever and your pistol in what your ao sounds like too. Make sure you know how to use em both well, have a maintenance strategy as far as parts and cleaning goes, and you're as good as it's gonna get imo.
That's not a dumb ammo question about ammo needs either, and I think it's good that you are asking yourself that question. " How much ammo do you realistically expect to need?
" is frankly the first question a lot of people don't seem to be asking themselves.
My answer to myself is this, yours may be different:
A. I get the range 2 times a month, I shoot about 200 rounds of pistol and rifle each time. Multiply this out for a year and that is what I want on hand at any given time for training. I also add the fact that I'm getting my ass to milcopp this year (YIPEE!) for training and added a grand of pistol and rifle for this purpose this year. I also added a thousand of each type just because it's an election year and I don't feel like dealing with any potential ammo price increases/shortages because I'm cheap and lazy. This is how I determine my training 'stockpile'.
B. "battle stockpile" to me is ambiguous and borderline stupid/paranoid/not necessary. But I got one anyway
This is my defensive ammo that I don't touch. It's more expensive defensive rifle and pistol ammo that I bought separately and store separately and don't use. If I feel like training a bit with it to make sure of function tests etc, I buy separate and don't touch the 'stockpile'. For me, it's 800 rounds rifle, and 300 rounds pistol, because frankly I'm not good enough to live long enough to use any more of it/justify spending if it came down the war being on my doorstep. This is me being paranoid enough to have some, but realistic enough to know that if some situation actually happened where I'd need it, I'd be pretty much be going down in a blaze of glory/ineptitude that doesn't require me to have 5k rounds of it.
3. 22lr is in a different category and I keep about 5k rounds of it just because. I don't have a reason other than it is cheap and small and why the f not?
I've also narrowed my calibers down to 556, 9mm, and 22lr. They work for me because I say so, they may not work for everybody, and that's what makes America awesome. We all get to choose and fucking yell at each other about why mine is better
But seriously, Foxx, those are good questions and are asked better than a lot of people seem to. Kotr says stuff better than me, but we seem to agree that realism seems to be lacking sometimes on this and other boards, and it's refreshing when somebody with a lick of sense pops in now and again.