How Many ...Yeah Right
How many ?? This is a super easy question to answer.
MULTIPLY --> how many shots you fire per day, by the number of days you expect to live. That's how many primers you should have on hand.
That's what I did back in the Klinton years. I had a FFL and did business with several wholesalers. Jerry's Sports was one of them. Slick Willie was coming down on the smaller FFL holders demanding a store front,diagram of the business including the alarm systems,etc,and I got worried about my privacy.
Sooooo.... when it came time to renew my FFL,I simply let it expire. But before I did I ordered all the reloading components that I felt I would need. Powders,primers,bullets,brass,and some other "essentials" were scarfed up by me and several friends. I haven't bought a single primer since 1994. Same with brass. I have traded a can of powder or two for the powder that I have needed to reload this and that.(I am shooting several new chamberings since back then.)But basically,I'm good.
I still have some cans of powder that cost me <$14. When there was a short supply of reloading components(2 years ago) I actually traded some stuff for a weapon that I had always wanted. I still have approximately 50lbs of powder and 20K in primers. Bullets by the milk jug full that I got at Sierra also.
Now that I am older, do I still need all this ?? Don't know....but I do know that these days I shoot an awful lot. Hopefully I will live another 35 years and use all this stuff up. ----pruhdlr