R AND R
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Today’s article is R&R. Not Rest And Relaxation but rice and rimfire. Well, wheat or any other grain and rimfire or any kind of ammunition. For the prepper that has most everything, I can’t think of two other items that make more sense for unlimited stockpiling. Either for personal use of barter. Not that I like the idea of trading ammunition. Once our empire collapses ( and, one assumes, the globe follows as the oil runs out ), that will be the last of the high quality ammunition ever manufactured again. But let’s say you have an infection that will kill you without an antibiotic. Then it doesn’t matter. Your life is worth it. So your extra ammo becomes a life and death stockpiled item. You can plan to try to never sell it, but just in case you have to it will be available. Let’s say you have your five years of food, your ten thousand rounds of Russian bolt ammo. Your solar panels. Whatever. You already have a reasonable amount of precious metals ( not enough to drain your savings, but enough as an insurance hedge ). Mostly, you have everything you need. If you buy anymore it will just be duplicating. Or covering disasters so outside mathematical probability it seems silly to worry about ( like the Mayan thing ). If you continue to buy R&R, you have an investment worthy of multi-generational savings of true wealth.
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Once the oil runs out, we will NEVER again be able to grow grain at such an insanely low price ( the lowest paid worker being able to buy a day’s calories for under three minutes of work ). And ammunition will become utter crap compared to today’s modern machine automated items. It will be mid seventeenth century quality, not twenty-first century. Now, once everyone goes to black powder, and once the die-off is over and sustainable organics start feeding us again, your investment is still secure. Because it was so cheap to procure, you shouldn’t ever lose value on it on a purchasing power basis. Granted, there is a bit of an expiration issue. Some grains last longer than others, and no matter how well stored, eventually ammo will start to turn. But it should last enough to make it through several generations. And it is far more affordable than gold. For the price of one ounce of gold, you can buy almost a ton of wheat. In a famine, how much gold do you think you can get for five years worth of food? And once most folks have wasted all their rimfire on squirrels, how much silver do you think you can get for those rounds when folks are hungry?
This is one of the best cost verses returns I can think of. Cigarettes are too expensive ( if your area will grow tobacco, I’d invest in seeds and training for that ). Booze can too easily be homemade ( although of course, not until there is a food surplus ), but still too expensive even if it is a good initial trade item. And not only are R&R great returns, they are great items for yourself, regardless of a potential market. If you never sell it, they can at least keep you alive. Matches are easily substituted. There might be some demand for needles or sewing stuff, but I’d wager there are enough already around that it will take years before a demand develops. And you can’t eat matches or needles. Or kill something with them to eat ( as an aside, you might think about having traps, then selling that food for yet more rimfire ).
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