Stockpiling ammo for a rainy day is a good idea for anyone that owns firearms. It is often criticized as being a prepper hobby or something you do when you are scared of an impending ban on a certain type of ammunition. We saw this take hold a few years ago with the big gun scare that still is resonating in the gun world today. You hear that .22LR is hard to come by and when you find it, it is relatively expensive. I hear people local to me bragging about how they have 55 gallon drums filled to the top with .22LR and how they are going to continue stockpiling it. Most of the time, these individuals also talk about how they do not own a rifle or pistol in such a caliber, but want to have it so they can trade it or sell it for a ridiculous price when the time is right. As unsavory as this may seem, this has almost become a trend where I live. Fortunately I don’t own, or intend to own any firearms in .22LR.

When it comes to stockpiling ammo, we need to be very calculated about how we go about doing it. Many people should consider budgeting to start stockpiling ammo. There are several reasons why this is a good idea to start, besides the previously mentioned reasons. For myself, I like to have a generous stock of ammunition on hand just because, since it is always good to know you don’t have to go out and get more ammo, particularly when it is hard to get a hold of the ammunition you need. There are several ways that you can build up your stockpile, and I will run you through a quick method that I have found to work quite well, within a reasonable budget.



Prioritizing the calibers you want to have on hand is the first and most important step. You must figure out what guns you use most, what guns you would like to have more ammo for, and what guns you will find yourself using most of the time. I also recommend making a separate category for defense ammo in your stockpiling considerations as well. Let us say that you have a simple layout of firearms and calibers which consist of a 9mm pistol, a 5.56 rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun. This makes prioritizing very easy and gives you a nice short list of things to prioritize on. From here, you need to figure out how much you shoot with each of these calibers.


Just to simplify this, let us say you shoot 500 rounds of 9mm a month, 150 rounds of 5.56 a month, and about 50 rounds of shotgun a month. At this rate, you are peaking about $200 in ammo each month. There are ways to be able to stockpile on this stockpile if you want to keep this spending rate. But let us say that you can afford $100 more in your ammo budget. If I had this rate of shooting, and I wanted to start stockpiling, I would keep my practice round count where it is while stockpiling in an equal ratio, parallel to my shooting rate. This basically means that i will get for my stockpile, 250 rounds of 9mm, 80 rounds of 5.56, and 25 rounds of shotgun ammo. Depending on the type of ammo you get, the totals may come out to more or less than what your original budget is. You can always roll back the amount you practice in order to save the ammo you did not use and put it with your stockpile.

If you wanted to keep the budget you already have, there are still some things you can do. For instance, you can shoot less and use dry firing as a supplement. You may also think about using less expensive ammunition and really shopping around for good prices like on steel cased ammo and such. Other than that, the only thing you can do is just not shoot a certain caliber for a month and alternate what you do shoot so that you can still build up your stock while remaining on your strict budget.