The way you stock ammo for a survival situation depends on how you plan to use the ammo, where you live, and how long the potential situation may last. Most experts recommend stocking for up to a five year survival scenario, and ammo should be stocked for both hunting and defense. While hunting ammo can be used in defense, many experts recommend that you have one or more hunting guns—such a rifles—along with defense guns such as handguns.
Where to Buy Ammo
You can still access ammo in a variety of locations in most states. Popular places for stocking ammo include sporting goods stores, such as Academy, Dicks, Gander Mountain, and Bass Pro Shops.
Smaller sporting goods stores and gun shops may also carry ammo. In any of these cases, it’s unlikely that you can buy in bulk. Most retailers, including Walmart, limit ammo purchases to a certain number of boxes at a time, so it’s a good idea to buy the maximum amount each time you shop in that location.
You can also buy ammo at gun and knife shows, and specialty retailers at these shows may offer discounts or ammo options that are not available in traditional retail locations.
Other options for stocking up on ammo include developing a relationship with a dealer that will provide bulk ammo deals, shopping online, or purchasing from someone that refills cartridges. Make sure you deal with people you know, especially when going the refill route, because quality is essential if you’ll be storing ammo for a period of time.
Understanding State and Local Laws
State and local laws can impact how you can buy and store ammo. Almost every state has restrictions on who can legally purchase firearms and ammo. Restrictions are usually linked to convictions, drug rehab history, or mental state.
In some states, such as Illinois, you can’t legally possess a firearm if you’ve ever been convicted of any misdemeanor crime with the exception of a traffic offense—other states limit restrictions to those with felony convictions. One way to get around some of these restrictions legally is to have another person in the household or family purchase or possess the firearm and ammo.
Some states also restrict the amount of ammo that can be owned for certain firearms. As of 2015, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York restrict how many large-capacity magazines a person can own. The restrictions range from 10 to 20 magazines.For more information on stocking ammo, visit Ammo Independence.