Stockpiling Ammunition For a Long Term Survival Situation

Last week my buddy and I were talking about stockpiling ammo for a survival situation – this is when something happens to cause society to break down.  Examples are civil unrest, some new disease, climate change,,,,,, something that causes the fabric of mankind to unravel.  In general we talked about stockpiling 308, 223, 7.62×39, 22 long rifle and shotgun shells.

My buddy stockpiles 2 different types of  ammo for his 308 rifle – ball and hunting ammo.

Ball ammo – is your target round and urban defense round.  When my buddy goes to the shooting range, he will shoot ball and most of his magazines are loaded with ball ammo.  The plus side of ball ammo, its cheap when compared to the more expensive hunting ammo.

Hunting ammo – this is the ammo your going to be using to hunt deer, moose, elk, wild hogs,,,,, whatever goes in your neck of the woods.  Currently my buddy stocks some kind of expensive Hornady ammo that cost something like $35 – $40 for a box of 20.

Instead of stockpiling 2 different types of ammo for my DS Arms FAL, I’am thinking of stockpiling 1 type.  This would be something good for hunting, but does not cost a small fortune.  My current deer hunting round is a Remington Core-Lokt in either 30-30 or 7mm express / 280 Remington.  Over the years I dont know how many deer I have taken with the Remington Core-Lokt.  On thin skinned game like the whitetail deer, its very effective.

east texas whitetail 8 point buckThis deer season my son took a nice East Texas Whitetail 8 point that weighed in at 156 pounds.

Last year my dad took a nice 6 pound that weighed around 125 – 130 pounds.

2 years ago my son harvested a doe.  She dropped where she stood when that 15 grain 30-30 Remington Core-Lokt hit her.

3 years ago my son harvested a 6 point.  He ran about 20 feet after that Remington Core-Lokt hit him.

4 and 5 years ago I harvested 2 – 8 points.

3 years ago I got a nice 9 point East Texas Whitetail.

The list goes on and on.

Its clear that the Remington Core-Lokt is an effective round on deer sized game.  The question is, is there an equally effective round that a survivalist can stockpile, but not cost as much?  Last weekend I bought 3 boxes of 150 grain 308 Winchester Remington Core-Lokt.  Each box cost around $18 and some change.  At $18 a box, that is a lot cheaper then Winchester Silver Tips, but more expensive then ball ammo.

So where do you draw the line?  Do you stockpile 2 or 3 types of ammo, or do you try to streamline your ammo and stockpile and stockpile just 1 type?

223/5.56mm and 7.62×39 –  I’am just stockpiling what is available at the local store. Usually this means buying some kind of hollow point round, or some type of pointed soft point.

22 long rifle – I’am look at something that will work reliable in my rifle. Most of the small game you shoot with a 22 long rifle will take a fatal wound.

Shotgun – I’am trying to stockpile a combination of slugs, buckshot and #4 shot.  A lot of people like the #6 shot better then #4.  But when your trying to knock fox squirrels out of the top of 100 feet tall pine trees, #6 shot just does not have enough energy to break bones and inflict a fatal wound.  I have skinned several squirrels and found #6 shot just under the skin, where the ribs had stopped the pellets.  #4 holds its energy better then #6 shot – so its more effective on small game.

Buckshot is fine and dandy for close in work, but when you need to make a 50+ yard shot, that is where the slugs come in.


Top shelf – On the top shelf, all the way to the right is a wire rack containing a row of 7.62×39 and 223. The idea is to have some 7.62×39 and 223 where people can grab and go.

SHTF, you and your family decide to head to your remote camp. When you get there, instead of having to look for 223 or 7.62×39, its on the top shelf so people can grab, load, and go to their security positions.

Second shelf from top – This is where the primary hunting ammunition is stored. Starting on the left hand side, largest to smallest caliber.

30-06, 30-30, 280/7mm express, 270 last but not least is 308. the 308 is directly under the 7.62×39 and 223. This is so we can hand it to people with semi-auto rifles that can be used for either hunting or for defense.

Third shelf from top – Shotgun and 22 long rifle.

As with the rifle ammo on the shelf directly above the shotgun ammo, largest on the left, smallest to the right.

12 gauge 00 buckshot to the far left.

Squirrel, rabbit and bird in the middle, and22 long rifle to the far right.

For the 22 long rifle we are stockpiling various brand names. Not all types of 22 long rifle works well in all rifles. the goal is to stock a variety of brands so we can find which brands we should pair up with which rifles.

Federal makes a brick of “Champion” 22 long rifle. Unlike other bricks of 22 long rifle, the Champion brick is made up of small boxes containing 50 rounds each. This way you can hand out a box of 50 rounds to the hunting parties and send them on their way.

Bottom shelf – This is where your heavy ammo boxes should be stored. The heavy items need to be stored on bottom to help prevent the shelves from tipping over.