You can’t afford to be without firearms and ammo when the SHTF. It’s the only way you can be 100% certain of protecting yourself. The problem that many preppers run into is financial. Stocking up on ammo is expensive! One of the best ways to keep your expenses low is sticking to the five types of ammunition that are going to be the most useful, and which are currently readily available. Here are the five kinds that you should focus on, at least in the beginning.
.22 Caliber Long Rifle Rimfire Cartridge
The .22 caliber Long Rifle rimfire cartridge is pretty much the first choice for anyone interested in surviving a variety of disasters. The popularity of the .22 LR has provided the incentive needed for nearly all ammo manufactures to make their own version of it, which keeps the purchase price low. One of the great things about the .22 LR is that it can be used in both rifles and pistols. When you stock up on the more powerful .22 LR, you’ll have ammo that’s perfect for anything from self-defense to hunting for medium sized game. The .22 LR is a great choice of ammo for your bug out bag. It’s barely weighs anything so you’ll have no trouble stocking your bag with hundreds of rounds when you have to leave your home in a hurry.
When the SHTF, there’s a good chance the uglier side of humanity will emerge, forcing you into a position where you’ll have to defend yourself, and when it comes to self-defense, you’ll be hard pressed to find better ammo than 12 gauge. It’s one of the main reasons that so many members of the law enforcement community carry 12 gauge shotguns. When it comes to choosing 12 gauge shotgun shells for your prepper supply, you should stay away from the name brands and settle for generic 12 gauge shells instead. This is a case when the generic option will serve you very well and save you a great deal of money.
In addition to stocking up on 12 gauge ammo shells, you should also spend some time thinking about the type of 12 gauge shotgun you’ll use in a SHTF situation. As appealing as you might find a semi-automatic, its betters to stick to a pump-action shotgun. It’s less complicated to use and you’ll be able to load it faster, something that’s important when you’re fighting for your life.
When choosing ammo for your handgun, you should stick to 9mm. There are lots of different companies that manufacture 9mm bullets, making it possible for you to shop around for a great deal. It’s also likely that after the SHTF, you’ll still be able to acquire 9mm bullets, something that might not happen if you have a weapon that uses something else. Many people report that they’ve been able to use 9mm shells to hunt for small game, something .22LR ammo isn’t suited for.
There’s a reason the 5.56x45mm NATO is the ammunition the military prefers. There’s very little that this particular brand of ammunition won’t stop, making it perfect for a post-apocalyptic world. Although it’s best for self-defense, the 5.56x45mm NATO can also be used for hunting large game. Advanced optics ensure that between your weapon and your ammo, you’re aim will be fairly accurate. Because this ammo is a top choice for military, after the SHTF you shouldn’t have any trouble locating this type of ammunition, making it easy to replenish your stores. Preppers all over the country will like the reliability and the versatility that the 5.56x45mm NATO ammo provides.
The .308 Winchester is a good choice when you don’t have .22LR or 5.56x45mm NATO ammo. The accuracy of the .308 Winchester has long made it the preferred ammo of competition shooters and large game hunters alike. Using this ammo allows you to be an effective shot for about 800 yards. The ammo is powerful enough to bring down a buck. It might not stop a bear, but it will slow it down.
Last, there is one final word of advice that every prepper should hear. Make sure you regularly rotate your ammo stockpiles. Use your oldest ammo for target practice to insure you always have a good idea of what you have on hand.
What kind of ammo have you stockpiled for emergencies?