a reply to: sirlancelot
Well...I could write a book for you, and still not cover all of the bases.
Let me try to simplify it... If you already have a plan in place, it MUST have multiple "what-if" scenarios incorporated, to try to plan, as best
you can, for all foreseeable possibilities. But, as you have probably already determined, it's the ones that you didn't think of, that could
ultimately cause the most problems. Leaving you to rethink everything, on the fly!
You asked, specifically, about ammunition so I won't elaborate on ALL of the other items, plans and goals, that would be necessary for a small group
or family to utilize, for an indefinite period of time. I will say this, though. Always have contingencies in place, as if you don't expect things to
ever return to normal.
There are many schools of thought, regarding ammunition. Choosing a good all around caliber, like lightweight and space-saving .22lr, which can be
used in multiple firearms, and for multiple purposes, is generally a safe bet. But, it does have it's drawbacks. A larger round, like .44mag also can
be fired from pistols and rifles, but is bigger, heavier and more expensive. Plus, it can be heard from farther away. Another thing to consider; I
also foresee ammo becoming a commodity, if things ever get really bad. But, you can't eat bullets. So, how does one determine a proper balance
between defense and sustenance?
As mentioned, stringed weapons like recurved, compound and cross bows, which quieter and easier to replenish ammo for, are more cumbersome, have a
limited range, and take a significant amount of time to reload, vs. most guns.
You didn't state whether you plan to hunker down, or have a predetermined location you plan to relocate to, when the SHTF. So, it's difficult to
give specific opinions. Personally, I live within minutes of, and am surrounded by thousands and thousands of acres of woods and swamps. I already
have locations established, in multiple directions, depending on the direction of the imminent threat. I have fishing gear, and some camping equipment
already in place, at two of those.
Bug-out plans, IMO, are best when they are mostly fluid. With only a few staples established to take with you, when you go. Everything else, must be
"acquired" when the time presents itself. Otherwise, someone could relieve you of your stash, before you even get where you are heading.
If you would, can you give us a few more details about your biggest concerns regarding your query?