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Two question for one post ! Primers and factory ammo, how much

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Q1. If you are a reloader your most vulnerable supply is power and primers. How much do you want on hand to feel comfortable? I understand there is no good answer and that it is a individual preference, I'm just interested in your preference for lbs of powder and number of small and large primers?

Q2. For calibers you don't reload or want for possible barde, how much is enough for you to feel comfortable. Like above there is no good answer, its just personal preference.

At this time I've yet to begin reloading due to the problems we all faced since December. Cartridges on hand are 3k per caliber. Most of that is to cushion any price spike like we have had. I was lucky and not smart and picked that up a week after the last election. A county in my area started talking of a bullet tax and that motivated me to dig in and buy big.
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I keep a couple thousand new cases for the 5 calibers I do shoot and reload. I keep about 5K in bullets for each as well as primers. At the moment I'm still comparing some powders so I buy by the lb only. Now once I decide to use a given powder for a set need then I buy in the largest amount I can. Some of my guns in the case of 9mm and 45APC it has come down to 2 powders basically one for SD the other for target practice. I have three powders for my 45 Colts one for hunting, SD and Cowboy action/target loads. The 454 Casull I use the same powder as the 45 Colt for hunting with one lighter recoil powder for target practice and small game. The 45-70 I use 3 powders one for small game/target, game such as pigs to deer and another for the larger game from bear to elephants. I buy 12 and 20 ga shot shells as it is still reasonably priced and only load 12 ga for cowboy action with black powder. As for 22 caliber I don't own on as I have a pellet gun that hits as hard for very small game such as rabbits, birds etc.
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