I agree. Further if your collecting odd firearms for when a bad situation occurs. People arent going to avoid those off calibers and leave them on otherwise abandoned shelves. Theyre going to grab anything of value. Even if just for trade. Food and ammo are going to be at the top of everyones list.RonnyRonin wrote: ↑Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:36 pmI still challenge anyone to actually do the math....the cost of the gun in the weird caliber put toward bulk common calibers during the 3.5 years out of 4 that the shelves are not bare would in most all cases see you through the shortage. If you can handle a more complex calculation you can add in the price difference between the common caliber in good times and the weird caliber in bad times, add in a ballpark number on rounds shot per month, and find your break even point. I think this shortage has lasted longer than most any shortage in the past (anyone feel free to chime in, I couldn't say how long the last few shortages lasted), but I'm not sure if we have really passed the 6 month mark. I think I snuck in a few normal priced cases of ammo as late as june or july.PistolPete wrote: ↑Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:18 am100%. Your goto guns are those that are affordable to run during good times, so you can afford to keep ammo on hand and practice a lot. But you also keep something cheap and weird on hand for lean times like this. You can still buy 45 GAP and 300 Weatherby online today. I'm also seeing 25 ACP and 25-06 in my local big box stores. Can I afford to run those a lot year by year? Certainly not. But having a gun where you know you can get ammo when the muggles have stripped the shelves could be a life saver.
If you are a gun enthusiast or collector than you will likely have a few oddballs around anyway, and math is the furthest from your mind, but if you are merely buying guns as a prep than I am fairly convinced oddball calibers are a bad investment. I may be missing a key factor somewhere, but I just can't see how the comfort of knowing there are a few boxes of ammo I can use at my local store compares with the comfort of knowing I have a few thousands rounds in my safe, and that a good half dozen of my friends have a few thousand of the same exact caliber in theirs as well.
If your prepping for such an event. And youve already got 10k rounds per caliber. Say 9mm, 5.56 and .22. The only thing i would invest in further is a good long range bolt action. Or a shotgun. Or...? Anything of use tactically or for hunting.
The only other prep i can think of is caches. But even then. Unless an odd firearm and caliber is dirt cheap. Id stick with collected calibers 9mm, 5.56, .22, .308, 12ga etc. And a cheaper but reliable gun in those calibers. If i buy an odd firearm with odd ammo for a cache or just prepping. I cant share that ammo back and forth with my common caliber stock piles guns and common ammo..
Odd calibers also limit your trading ability and worth. Yes. I can trade my odd caliber gun and ammo. But it won't be worth as much as a known gun and common caliber. Or even a known gun in odd caliber. Where are you going to find more ammo? At walmart where everyone left your odd caliber on the shelf? Not likely. People aren't that educated. Or will at least think maybe i can trade this? Maybe i can find a gun that shoots this caliber. Or maybe ill just use the gunpowder for something.
Lastly, if your down to your last firearm and its an odd one. What are your hopes for resupply. Id rather have a charter arms in 9mm. As even tho its a POS (insert whatever arm is the crappiest - i dont know much about charter arms) i can at least find some 9mm. The odds of finding that guy that rat fucked the 25-06 off your walmart shelves are pretty limited.