So everybody kicked in how much ammo they had and of what types. Of course, from an OPSEC point of view this is pretty stupid, but they are a trusting lot. I even made my own contribution, but as you will see, it doesn't give much hope for the ATF PR coup.
One post did attract my eye, from JustJoe. Quoth JJ:
So here is a question: If you knew that you could never buy any more ammo, how much would you buy? What is a lifetime supply of ammunition?
Figure range sessions once a month, 100 rounds handgun, 40 rounds center fire rifle, and 200 rounds rimfire. Throw in 100 rounds of shotgun, too. Figure that you will be shooting for 20 to 40 years, and that adds up to quite a pile, even if you reload. You also have to add in training ammo for anyone you introduce to guns.
For twenty years supply, (240 months) would be 48K rounds of 22, 24K handgun rounds, and almost 10K each for rifle and shotgun. This would be spread across whatever calibers you need.
At today’s prices, that would run around $2000 for the rimfire (at $20/brick), about $7000 for rifle, $6000 for shotgun, and $12000 for handgun, without reloading.
Total: $27,000.00 for a lifetime? supply of ammunition. YMMV
I suspect that you could get a quantity discount to do better than that, but its a starting point.
I could see finding enough room to store several cases of 22’s, but I have no idea how big a pile the rest is going to be.
To which I responded thusly:
"So here is a question: If you knew that you could never buy any more ammo, how much would you buy? What is a lifetime supply of ammunition?"
Twenty rounds and all you can scavenge out of dead men's ammo pouches.
"I suspect that you could get a quantity discount to do better than that, but its a starting point."
Maybe, but my plan has the advantage of being free. There is, however, a little risk involved -- you must act like a free man. If ammo is banned, the war starts. Anything else is arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
As a famous blogger once said, "Give me liberty, or I'll get up and get it myself."