Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

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Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Cohiba » 04 Apr 2012, 03:38

What is a proper amount of 22LR ammo to keep on hand for a family of 5?
I used to think that 1 and a half bricks was plenty. I'd open a brick and when it was half done I'd buy another.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by romer522 » 04 Apr 2012, 07:13

If you look around you can find "reasonable" prices out there again, so buy as much as you can afford. Considering how long it took prices to come back down after the last election cycle I would say you'd be good if you had 2 years worth of ammo for every caliber you intend to shoot consistently (or reload it). Even the guys that will call somebody crazy for stocking 10K rounds of 5.56 or 9MM have very little to say to people keeping large quantities of 22LR on hand.

22LR is the cheap insurance of the shooting world, no matter what happens to larger caliber ammo prices/availability, if you have a bunch of 22LR sitting around you can still go out to the range and shoot.


Somebody is sure to chime in and say that people running out and buying a few cases of 22 at a time is the reason why its not cheap anymore, same could be said for anything though.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Skudshark » 04 Apr 2012, 12:10

At roughly $21-25 a box for 500 rounds by most brands, I'd say stock up on what you feel you can afford and just have fun shooting. The round is incredibly affordable, so I imagine a couple stacks will last you a good long while. Or you could always go by the train of thought, can you ever have too much? lol.

On a side note, when did Wolf .22LR become premium? Just checked, $50 for a case of 500? Yikes, I know my 10/22 loves that stuff but jeez, I always looked to them for cheap and dirty but fun. :skep:

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Prepper » 04 Apr 2012, 12:40

I think the OP was asking about how much 22LR ammo to keep on hand not how much to pay.

I keep a couple thousand rounds on hand, myself.
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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by srt-4_jon » 04 Apr 2012, 13:25

wolf makes some of the best match ammo. that is why it's so expensive. i normally buy federal 550 boxes when they go on sale under $17. i personally have about 12k on hand but it's not like if i fall below that, i hurry and buy more.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Buffman » 04 Apr 2012, 13:39

I have 2K rounds of .22LR because I hardly shoot it. Although I'd buy more if I could find a gun I'd like to shoot it out of.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by fd57 » 04 Apr 2012, 18:50

As much as you can afford, store, and transport.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Cohiba » 05 Apr 2012, 02:17

due to the fact that 22LR is nonreloadable, i figure that when purchased i may need to consider a very, very large amount.
if the sales of ammunition became regulated and reloading primers and powder became a OSHA storable material, the price of ammo would 10X. having a lifetime supply of 22 on hand and resupplying what you shoot has come to make a lot of sense. remember a couple years back when primers went dry?
remember when the talk of ending the sale of USGI brass to public?
I dont want to get caught up short.

so if i limit it to the minimum..
50 rds per week X 52 weeks per year x 40 (I hope) more years of my life= 10,400 rounds.

lets call it 10.5K
same for wife and the kids are gonna need 70+ years supply each (18,200 x 3).

so...
around 75,000 rounds.
WOOF!!!
at $75 per 2100 thats $2700 and if my math is right.. about 550 pounds.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Ariac » 05 Apr 2012, 06:39

Locally I get it for about $18-19 a box of 525. As such i feel free to snag at least 5 at a time or so. Granted my girl and I use a box every time we bust out the gsg-5s. So I like to keep about 2600 on hand or more.

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Post by romer522 » 05 Apr 2012, 07:44

Cohiba wrote:due to the fact that 22LR is nonreloadable, i figure that when purchased i may need to consider a very, very large amount.
if the sales of ammunition became regulated and reloading primers and powder became a OSHA storable material, the price of ammo would 10X. having a lifetime supply of 22 on hand and resupplying what you shoot has come to make a lot of sense. remember a couple years back when primers went dry?
remember when the talk of ending the sale of USGI brass to public?
I dont want to get caught up short.

so if i limit it to the minimum..
50 rds per week X 52 weeks per year x 40 (I hope) more years of my life= 10,400 rounds.

lets call it 10.5K
same for wife and the kids are gonna need 70+ years supply each (18,200 x 3).

so...
around 75,000 rounds.
WOOF!!!
at $75 per 2100 thats $2700 and if my math is right.. about 550 pounds.

Your math is a bit off, its 104,000 rounds for 40 years at 50 rounds a week, 180K for 70 years, 5,500 pounds etc so yeah.....probably not reasonable. That being said, the 75K rounds you were talking about should last a loooong while regardless, and you're starting to get up into the quantity where you can get bulk price breaks if you buy from the right places.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by PainKillaX » 05 Apr 2012, 07:47

I keep something like 1,500 rounds around depending on when I was shooting last and when I bought last. That's to feed two 10/22s and a Ruger Single Six. If/when I get a .22 upper, I'll probably keep more.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by NLVMike » 05 Apr 2012, 13:52

I finally figured out the formula for how many guns a man needs. It is (number currently owned) + 1.

I think there is a similar formula for ammo, but I am still crunching the algorithms.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by flyingirish04 » 05 Apr 2012, 19:52

Cohiba wrote:What is a proper amount of 22LR ammo to keep on hand for a family of 5?
I used to think that 1 and a half bricks was plenty. I'd open a brick and when it was half done I'd buy another.


2 answers, none of your business, and you can never have enough. :cya:
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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Llagoud » 06 Apr 2012, 04:16

flyingirish04 wrote:
Cohiba wrote:What is a proper amount of 22LR ammo to keep on hand for a family of 5?
I used to think that 1 and a half bricks was plenty. I'd open a brick and when it was half done I'd buy another.


2 answers, none of your business, and you can never have enough. :cya:

:laugh: The standard Irish answer. :thumb:


.22lr became currency in the book One Second After. If I remember right the kids were charging seven cartridges for a rabbit.
So adding that to the formula to feed and protect a family of 5, "It is (number currently owned) + 1" and "none of your business, and you can never have enough"
are all correct and still fall short. :laugh:

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Cyberfly » 06 Apr 2012, 21:27

Rather than the 'proper amount', what is the 'best kind' of bulk .22LR?
My Ruger SR22 tends to jam up bad on Winchester green box. I'm still not sure if its the aftermarket 20 round mags or??
The GSG 1911 doesn't have any problems with the ammo though.
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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by srt-4_jon » 06 Apr 2012, 22:34

federal bulk is all i buy for plinking ammo. when i want decent accuracy for cheap, cci standard.

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Post by panzermk2 » 06 Apr 2012, 23:25

I like CCI and Federal. Remington 22lr is the worst money can buy. Such junk.
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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by Cyberfly » 06 Apr 2012, 23:57

I'll try both and see if they make a difference in the Ruger. If not, then it has to be the mags.
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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by srt-4_jon » 07 Apr 2012, 00:16

now that ruger released their own 25 round mags, there is no reason to go with someone else.

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Re: Whats the proper ammount of 22LR

Post by srt-4_jon » 07 Apr 2012, 00:36

panzermk2 wrote:I like CCI and Federal. Remington 22lr is the worst money can buy. Such junk.
not to mention what ever coats the "golden bullets" gets everywhere. I hate the gold flake all over my barrel and action.

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