You should read the story at “OLD NFO” Blog.  He asks, “Are you coming for my guns?” Between his story about a lady that seems to have gone off the deep end and a conversation with one of my friends today, it made me think, is 6,000 rounds a lot of ammo?

When you get down to it, ammo is REALLY expensive!  We reload our own rifle rounds for the long range shooting we do and usually for .45s as well in Indiana.  Although, when I am in California, I usually buy my ammo from places like and other sites because it is cheaper.  Sometimes, when I have time, I will go to the San Diego gun show to get ammo.  When I do, I never get less than 500 rounds, and if I feel like carrying it, I buy no less than 1,000 rounds at a time.  I do this even if I already have some at home.  Why?  Because I do not know if I will have time to go next quarter when the gun show is in town.  It is as simple as that.  When I go to the range to shoot my XD45, I never shoot less than 150 rounds, if I take a friend, 300+ rounds are guaranteed.  With this math, if I only buy 500 rounds at the gun show, I will only be able to go to the range about two times in three months.  THAT would be horrible!  Does this make me a potential mass killer?  Should red flags be thrown? I have bought 1,000 rounds before.   A friend and I together have purchased 2,000 rounds at the same time before.  What do I plan on doing with it?  No, it is not all for home protection.  It is so I have enough to go to the range whenever I want and to take my friends as well.

I understand the shooter in Colorado had over 6,000 rounds available.  He apparently did not buy them all at one time.  So, that means he would have done it more like I do: 1,000 here and 1,000 there.

Journalists are trying to identify points that this shooter should have been noticed, that a flag should have been thrown.  It concerns me if “flags” start to pop in some government database because of a large ammo purchase.  What will “large” be?  Should a number be determined, the number would be too small, maybe 200, 500, 1,000?  This would actually have a backlash.  It would decrease the amount of time people spend practicing with their weapons because it would make ammo more difficult to obtain.  If this country is going to allow people to carry guns, to have guns in their homes, then ammo needs to remain readily available to ensure that people with guns are able to remain proficient.

Focus on the mental illness, focus on discovering the evil among us and the population will be exponentially safer than if we take away all their ammo.



7 Replies to “When You Buy Ammo, How Much Do You Buy?”

  1. Like most savvy shoppers, I buy ammo in bulk to save money.

    I buy a minimum of 1,000 round cases from online retailers simply because that’s where the best deals can be found. They all require a fax copy of my driver’s license so they know they’re not selling to a minor.

    Competitive shooters easily go through about 5,000 rounds a month. That gets expensive, even if you reload your own ammo.

    I have a neighbor who sometimes buys chocolate online even though she can get it locally. That should raise a red flag somewhere. Who should I talk to about this? Think of her children!!

  2. I don’t buy finished ammo. I buy boxes of 500 bullets (X-Treme), a couple at a time, boxes of pistol primers (CCI), 5,000 at a time, powder (Alliant) in 4-lb tub and 1000 brass cases from the manufacturer (StarLine).
    I use my Hornady LNL AP reloading press to put them all together.
    This is cheaper than buying finished ammo in bulk and it pays for the press.
    I shoot .45 ACP and Super .38.
    Reloading is even more fun when you know how much money you’re saving.

    1. Probably saves money, serves to feed your reloading habit, and affords you the opportunity to spend more time at the range. Those are all great and necessary things to enjoy the sport of shooting and the right to keep and bear arms, don’t get me wrong. Jut don’t fool yourself into thinking that purchasing of ammunition components in bulk, as opposed to “large” bulk purchases of finished product such as those made by Rob G, will keep you off of any government watch lists.

  3. A gun without ammo is just a stick. I usually buy in bulk because I shoot alot and it’s cheaper. Not uncommon for me to order 1,000 rounds- that’ll last me a few weeks.
    When we got to Kuwait in 2004 with our “National Guard” unit, they gave a bunch of us to a Regular Army unit. In the confusion, nobody thought about getting 50 of us Guard Soldiers ammo before we went into Iraq.
    We got to Baghdad and I had one rifle mag and 5 rounds for my M9. That’s what I went into the 2nd Battle of Fallujah with. When we got attached to the Marines, they asked if we needed anything. I said: “yes Gunny, we need ammo.”

    After that I said I’d never be without ammo again- even if I had to buy it. We were getting ready to order bulk ammo on line- but the Marines came through.

  4. I normally buy in minimum lots of 1000 rounds, and if I’m trying to get ready to complete, it’s normally 3000 rounds at a time. I use specific dealers that I’m familiar with, and I do those orders about every 3-4 months. Just as a point of reference, ONE SEAL platoon will order 500,000 rounds of 5.56 and 100,000 rounds of 9mm for a single deployment, plus the ‘other’ calibers they need….

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