Find Ammo When SHTF

The following article entitled “4 Tips To Find Ammo When SHTF” was kindly written and submitted by Glen who is the founder of Glen is a fellow prepper and survivalist who also writes for his own blog and other well-known prepper sites.

4 Tips To Find Ammo When SHTF

A gun is useless without ammo. Sure, you could bluff and pretend you have ammo, but do you want to take that chance? And when the shit hits the fan, or should I say SHTF, bluffing can get you killed. So, let’s all agree that a gun is more effective when you have ammo in it.

As a prepper, ammo will be more valuable in an SHTF situation than gold and silver. This is why stockpiling on ammunition is of great importance. Unfortunately, bullets are becoming expensive. Earlier this year Vista Outdoor Inc, which owns a number of rifle and ammunition companies announced an increase in the price of ammo.

This same year Remington applied for bankruptcy. Basically, it is not looking good for firearms and ammo companies. Which means it is becoming and will become increasingly hard to find cheap bullets.

With this in mind it is important you start thinking about how to find cheap ammo. Below I have compiled some useful tips on how to find Ammo When SHTF.

Reloading Your Own Ammo

When it comes down to it reloading ammo can be the best option you have in an SHTF scenario. However, it should be noted that to reload ammo you will need to purchase the necessary tools. For efficiency, I recommend investing in the Best Progressive reloading press.

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A progressive reloading press can set you back $600. All the same, you will be able to produce up to 800 rounds per hour. The Dillon Precision XL 650 progressive reloading press can produce between 500 and 800 rounds per hour.

Apart from being able to produce a lot of ammo you also save on money. For example, a standard box of 44 Magnum bullets costs $40 while reloading the same bullets can cost $13.

A reloading press is not the only tool you will require before embarking on a bullet reloading project. A prep case center is the other tool need for reloading. The prep case center will be for prepping the bullet case for reloading.

Top case prep centers cost anywhere between $100 and $400. Overall, the initial investment can cost you up to $1000. However, when you finally get all you require reloading will not be a problem.

Reloading also gives you the option of using spent bullet cases. Meaning to prepare for a life of bullet reloading you need to collect your spent cases. This is especially if you do a lot of practice shooting. Another thing you will need to stockpile on is primers.

Online Tutorials

There are several online tutorials on how to make your own primers. However, I should warn you that these tutorials are dangerous. Thus, only use the info provided as valuable information for when SHTF.

There are also tutorials on how to make your own gunpowder using Potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur. And as with the primers they are dangerous and should be used only for information purposes.


Bartering will most probably become the new way of trading when SHTF. As such it is important to remember to stockpile other things that you can exchange for bullets.

Buying in Bulk


Buying things is always cheaper irrespective of the item being bought. And bullets are not exempted from this rule. Thus another great way to get cheap ammo for SHTF is to buy in bulk. However, it is important to note that different states have different laws on ammo. In some states such as New York, a background check is required before buying ammo.

In addition to this, Uncle Sam may get suspicious of you if you start buying huge amounts of ammo. Especially, with all that is going on in the country. To avoid this it might be a better idea to buy with friends. If you love guns chances are you have friends who do too.

Buying with friends ensures that your ammo stockpile is well distributed amongst you. This way you do not raise suspicions. Also, buying bulk ammo with friends can be cost-effective. In regards to the kind of bullets you should buy, I recommend common ammo types. The 22LR should be top on your list as it is one of the most common.

If for some reason you do not like the idea of buying ammo in bulk with friends you can always buy incrementally. This means buying small amounts of bullets over a significantly longer period of time.

For example, you can commit to buying 20 rounds of the .223 caliber cartridge every week or even every month. At the end of one year, you will have 1200 rounds and have spent $36 per month.

Stockpile Different Types of Ammo

Is it a good idea to store ammo for guns you do not own or plan on owning? In an ideal environment, this does not make much sense. However, when SHTF you will be confronted with the need to go scavenging for supplies. And while on these scavenging missions you are likely to find guns lying around. In such a scenario having different types of bullets will make a lot of sense.

In addition, if you have stored up different cartridge types you will be able to barter. Let’s say you find someone who is in need of a 5.56 NATO round, which you have in plenty. Basically, having different types of ammo will give you a lot of bargaining power.

Some of the bullet types you should think of storing up include the 22LR, 9mm Luger, .410 Bore, .308 Winchester .330ACP, and the 56×45 NATO round. These are some of the most common rounds in use today.

4 Tips to Find Ammo When SHTF – Conclusion

When SHTF the ones who will be prepared will have a greater chance of surviving. So, while the chances of the world ending tomorrow are slim, it does not hurt to be prepared. These tips can mean the difference between survival and death.

Lastly, it is important to note that proper storage is as important as stockpiling. If you do not store your bullets properly it will be all for nothing. In conclusion, remember to store your bullets indoors and in room temperature.

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One thought on “4 Tips To Find Ammo When SHTF”

  1. He forgot one very important place to find ammo. Off the dead as they won’t have any use for it. Also, collect any and all weapons along with the ammo.

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