Aside from food and water, guns and ammo are the most important thing for preppers to stockpile. A few rifles and a couple dozen ammo boxes won’t do either. You need to accumulate as much ammo as possible – plenty to train and several thousand more for your reserves. If you ever end up in a fight or die scenario, you’ll never be sorry for excessively stockpiling ammo.
The “hoard as many rounds as humanly possible” strategy does come with one big caveat, though. It’s expensive. How are you supposed to get that much ammo into your cache without spending a small fortune?
You could buy small amounts over time, but that leaves you vulnerable as you work to build up your supply. Another option is to simply choose the cheapest calibers and stockpile those in bulk.
Ultimately, option #2 is the most attractive, so here are some inexpensive yet utilitarian calibers that you can build reserves in quickly without breaking the bank.
The .22 LR is the ultimate stockpiling ammo. What it lacks in power, it makes up for ten fold in versatility and value. You could go out today and get 1000 rounds of .22 LR for less than ~$150, and you’d have a healthy stock of incredibly useful ammo.
Sure, you aren’t going to be defending your family with this round, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pull through in a pinch. Chechen rebels used this round in the 1990’s for close range sniping, and it yielded great success.
The .22 LR also gives you a cheap caliber to train in and a reliable round for small game hunting and vermin control. You can even set up an AR-15 to fire these bad boys if you want to have some extra fun. There’s really no reason not to love the .22 LR.
20 Gauge Shotgun Shells
You might have a long history with the classic 12 gauge shell, but there’s some significant benefit to considering the smaller 20 gauge instead. First of all, 20 gauge shells can be snatched up at far less than their 12 gauge counterparts. On top of that, the 20 gauge still packs a decent amount of stopping power with far less recoil.
Hands down, the 9mm is the best bargain handgun round. It’s ubiquitous enough that you can buy it practically anywhere – even big box stores like Walmart – and if you do some digging you’ll find it for as cheap as a nickel and dime per round.
.223 Remington / 5.56 NATO
These two rounds are technically different, but they’re nearly practical in dimension. If you’ve got an AR-15 chambered in 5.56, you can shoot .223 safely. Be aware, the inverse isn’t always true though.
5.56 rounds can be had rather cheaply from surplus sources, and .223 ammo is relatively inexpensive right off the shelf.
In comparison to the other options for modern sporting rifle ammo, these two calibers are clearly the cheapest and most accessible, so if you plan on keeping that AR around for the long-term (who isn’t?) then you’d be wise to start stockpiling them now.
Other cheap stockpiling calibers?
What other calibers do you think are worthy of a spot in your ammo cache? Are they pricey?
Give us your ideas for cheap stockpiling calibers in the comments.