I need to clean out my garage stash more often…

84 boxes of ammo in various calibers, not counting about 2000 rounds of .22…

All now neatly (more or less) labeled so I can find them again…

And before you ask, no, none of it is for sale, and yes, I have guns in all the calibers of ammo that I have…

I truly miss the days when we were shooting 500-1000 rounds a week in practice…

Of course that was 40mumble years ago… When I could see! And was in a LOT better shape than I am today. But that might explain why I’m still more accurate at 50 yards than I am at 10… sigh


Sigh… — 26 Comments

  1. I’ve been using wide painter’s tape and a permanent marker to label the storage boxes, and when the earth’s gravity changed a while ago and made the fifty caliber size containers about a million times heavier than they used to be, I shifted to the plastic thirty caliber sized containers.

    Some of the .22s we have in our storage have to be around fifty years old.

  2. I took to labeling the front of the ammo cans as well as the top.
    Heavy, doncha know?

    And I use tape as well, because things change over time.

    I even took to painting the ammo cans different colors for different calibers, but gave that up as too anal retentive.

    Nice stash! Kinda light on the .22, but I bet you fix that when the prices come down.

  3. I shot the Bomar Extended Rib for years. I finally took the rib off and converted the wad gun into a carry gun. Not much market for the Bomar ribs these days what with the use of scopes in Bullseye.

  4. None of us are practicing the way we useta. It’s gotten more expensive, and replenishing has, at times, been a little scary.
    Thank GOD for the .22. Without that I’d be doing no shooting at all.

  5. Some of that 2nd from right appears to be Federal Gold Medal Match. If it’s .308, last time I bought, it set me back about $2 a round.

  6. What I want to know is how come boxes of ammo in calibers that never, ever crossed the threshold sometimes appear in the house/ammo box/gun safe? A couple of years ago Sib was moving some things in the sheet-music cabinet (professional musician) and found a box of 9mm. No one in the family has ever owned anything that takes that caliber. No one in Sib-in-law’s family owns anything that takes that caliber. MomRed found something similar when she was cleaning up her parents house after Papa died. Apparently the ammo fairy messed up a delivery.

    • Well, if it’s anything like what I’ve done…. “Oh, look! Great buy on shotgun shells! Ima buy 4 boxes!” And get home and the 12 magically turns into 16. What am I gonna do with 4 x 20rnds of 16 gauge? Well, it will go into the fugly box with the .380, 9mm, .45ACP, .308 and 5.56 that I don’t have guns for but somehow ended up with ammo from (partially from an old boss saying “Here, take this” as he was transferring, partially from the grab box of “ammo, use it or it’s destroyed.” Can’t stand seeing even Left-Handed Serbo-Frankish .460x50mm go get destroyed (yes, I know, but it’s an exaggeration… hopefully.)

    • Which he just screwed up by interwebbing his garage stash.

      I used to trust ‘Big Government’ but somehow ‘BG’ has turned into ‘Big Brother’ in such a fascist way.

  7. John- Concur on the weight…sigh… And I kept having the tape come off, so I went with Sharpies.

    Mark- I’m not ‘that’ bad…yet… I’ve got probably another 10-15000 rounds of .22 in my other storage locker.

    Flueg- Understood, but that one’s trigger is a ‘tad’ light to convert to a carry piece.

    GB- No question, which is why the scattered oddments. Buying when I could, what I could.

    Saigon- Yes sir, it is. I was actually going to shoot a match that ended up getting cancelled last year, and I never put it back in storage. I got lucky a couple of years ago and got some decent pricing on a case of 175gr.

    TXRed- LOL, that happens to everybody. The ammo fairey does ‘odd’ things in the dark of night. I’ve found 7mm Mauser ammo in my stash, and I never bought it, never had one…

    WSF- Good point!

    Tom- You’ll get there.

    Ed- I know THAT feeling too… dammit!

  8. I think you have shown ADMIRABLE (perhaps even excessive) restraint in your ammo choices/firearms purchases.
    You have no 9 mm, .40 S&W, 7.62×25, .32 ACP, or .380 ACP.
    You are missing .30 carbine, .30-30, 7.62×39, 7.62x54R; not even any (gasp) .223/5.56!
    What in the WORLD are you doing with all the storage space that isn’t going toward reloading equipment for all those calibers?
    Clearly, you have far more self-control than I, or perhaps just better defined goals in the area of firearms accumulation. I’m gonna say that’s a feature, not a bug.

  9. Beans is right. That’s an impressive collection, but you really shouldn’t advertise it on the interwebs.

    As for cataloging, just use a sharpie and duct tape (or something similar) and label the cases on the top and the front side that faces out when it’s on the shelf.

    Every now and then, I inventory my supply so I always know how much I have and how much I need.

  10. … and suddenly you are wealthy! What a feeling. Like found money.
    The Clark gun brings back memories too. Growing up in Shreveport my dad would compete at the Caddo Rifle & Pistol club with just such a rig. I’ve been to Jim Clark’s shop many times over the years. That “Keithville” gun is a nice treasure. Did he do a trigger job on that Ruger also?

  11. Pat- No comment…LOL

    Roy- Point… sigh

    Stuart- I shot there a few times! And yes, Jim Sr. did the Ruger too. Smooth as silk!

  12. Hey Old NFO;

    By Texas Standards, You are a “Lightweight”, LOL It is a good idea to label your stash and a good thing to find more ammo. When I moved my stash from one safe to another, I was amazed how much ammo I actually had, apparently I did ok in “Squirreling up” after Sandy Hook.

  13. B- You know better…LOL

    Bob- I have a few more boxes in various places.

    Ed- My storage is a tad bit larger…Just sayin…

  14. > 2000 rounds of .22…

    That’s, what, four 500 round bricks, or two of the 1000-round boxes Wal-Mart used to carry.

  15. Only old-timers and serious gunheads remember Clark now. He was a smith from back before there was much of an industry providing aftermarket parts. He was one of the few who made longslide 1911s. Back then, it took two slides, a welder, and a bunch of finish work.