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    Best choice for "Ammo Shortage Caliber"

    During the ammo shortage I thought it might be an interesting idea to have a handgun that (a) I like and would use, and (b) is in a caliber that might be less likely to be snapped up so pleasure shooting isn't so affected by future shortages.

    It is all just guess work, of course, and I have little knowledge base for coming to any sort of decision, but a 9x18 Makarov came to mind.

    What would be your answer? Or, if you've already taken care of this question, what was your answer?
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    How about "What will be the most common ammo to be found after TEOTWAWKI"?

    Of course, that ammo might be found hiding out in someone's basement. Or on the body of some Bad Guy who just made the mistake of trying to accomplish a lone-hand-raid on your hidey-hole. Or under the detritus in the store-room of the local hardware store, after the rioters and looters have abandoned it.

    Lots of possibilities, here.

    THAT might regulate one's choice of what firearm to hold onto longest.

    MY personal choice will be something like 22LR, 38SPL or 9MM.

    LOTS of possibilities.
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    Let's look at it from a different angle. Why didn't you stock up when it was plentiful and at a lower price?

    You need to determine what is the amount you want to store is, and the amount of practice when there is a shortage.

    The main reason there is a shortage is panic buying, when it is over, there will be a glut on the market. Buy it then. Also watch scrap metal prices. Ammo follows within 3 to 6 months in price up or down.

    The most common rounds will always be the cheapest to stock up on.

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    Anything and everything that I hand load and that comprises every gun that I have excepting shotshells and rimfire. Not wanting to be a smartie, but I think times like these are the best reason to get in the reloading game.
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    Like the last ammo hoard, .327mag. Is still on the shelves. My LGS guy was showing me all the 350 legion ammo he had in stock, along with the AR 350 upper.

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    This time, with years of 40 S&W rejection, it is the caliber for the current shortage. Because guns and ammo are available and not overly expensive compared to others.

    Example:

    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pistol-ammo-sale/40-cal-ammo
    plenty and more or less reasonable pricing in this time
    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pisto...-auto-acp-ammo relatively expensive frangible and FMJ only, no JHP
    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pisto...9mm-luger-ammo empty
    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pisto.../380-auto-ammo empty
    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pisto...8-special-ammo available but expensive
    https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/pisto...57-magnum-ammo second mortgage required

    Who knows what the "shortage caliber" will be for the next shortage.

    I had never set out to stock things in case of shortages, but over the years I bought when the buying was good. I bought in bulk when prices were comparatively low, in the calibers I had guns for that I do or can carry. What with work, life, chores, etc, I never seem to have the time to shoot a lot like I did in the past. So my supply of ammo has remained more than sufficient in my preferred 9mm, 38 spc, and 357 mag.

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    During previous panic buying of ammo, the one caliber that didn't fly off the shelves was .357 Sig, however I have noticed in this current situation, most all the shelves are empty, including .357 Sig.

    I have always had a nose for finding ammo during these panic buying times, except this go round I am not looking for any ammo, just trying to figure out how much demand there is and what I might be able to sell some of my excess ammo for. Price usually get good to decent again about a year after whatever crisis ends, and even some good buys are out there. With Walmart being out of the pistol caliber business, the good buys are fewer and further between. Also, a good source for ammo is a local gun store that buys guns and ammo estates. I have made some very good ammo buys from estate sales.

    Usually, buck shot is easier to find than handgun ammo when things get tight. I am really big on having buckshot in a bad case scenario. I have a 12 gauge that wood be my go to gun if things went really off the rails. I also have a couple of 20 gauge shotguns and plenty of buck shot for them. I am even considering a .410 in the Mossberg Shockwave if I can find one, You can get .410 shells with 5 pellets of 00 buck which would do a real number on any bad people and have very reasonable recoil.

    Above all else, when and if we get past this thing going on right now, start investing in ammo. That is my idea of investing in precious metals.
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    Around here, .40S&W guns & ammo are typically hard to get rid of. Not these days though. Gone, along with everything else.
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    Everywhere I go it seems like .17HMR is always on the shelf. I don't have a .17 caliber gun...

    Interestingly, my Gander Outdoor store has lots of .22LR and .22short on the shelves, when other stores seem to be out.

 

 
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