Even worse, once I've finished that I need to inventory the ammunition. Since I "combat load" the ammo by distributing it among three buildings, that's even more of a chore.
My gun safes are in the main house, so the bulk of the guns are there as well. But the ammo, that's a different story. It's all over the place. Of course, the theory is that if I lose one building to fire, I won't lose all of the ammo. I spread my essential equipment and supplies out over the three buildings that have climate control. That's a must, because we get sub zero here in winter, and the humidity in summer is around 87% on average. Anything left in the ambient air would degrade rapidly.
All of my reloading equipment and supplies are out in the shop. Smokeless powder doesn't explode, but I need everything right where I can lay hands on it when I want to reload. So if the shop ever goes, be it to fire or tornado, I'm out of business there. So far I've been ok , so perhaps my luck will hold.
When I worked for the oil and gas company, I had a lot of benefits. One of them was that my boss had an FFL and a retailers license from the state. He let me use it to buy wholesale from the big dealers. So I bought a lot of ammo by the crate. Back then, ammo was cheap anyway and it was practically give away compared to today. So I have many, many cases of ammo I have never opened. Also, I bought new production commercial by the case to add to my surplus ammo. This whole place is supposed to be handed over to my kids once the wife and I can't stay up here anymore due to age or health. I don't know how that is going to work out since they moved to the city and work for a company they like. Only time will tell. If they decide to sell the property and the contents of the buildings, there will be some hellish good deals for anyone who has a truck and doesn't mind driving up here!
Aside from my "regular" magazines, there are some special editions of others that I buy. Once a year, certain magazines put out survival editions. Popular Mechanics has an annual "survival guide" edition that's good. This is the latest from Field and Stream. I like their survival kits because they only evaluate equipment that "Joe Everyman" could afford. If you look at Off Grid or American Survival Guide, they only look at the very best. But as the Russians say, "the best is the enemy of good enough." I can afford everything in Field and Stream's write ups. I can rarely afford any of the items featured in the "$10.00 a copy" magazines.
Well, time to get ready to go. We're going into the library today. I was going to the dump, but I don't feel energetic enough for that today. And I have all the time in the world.....