If planning to reload ammunition, one, or two powders seem more reasonable than a multitude of powders ... say one rifle and one handgun. How many pounds of each do you figure would be a good choice assuming a total collapse scenario ?
Realistically, storing powder for "the collapse" is a non starter, you need to have bullets, cases, and primers for the powder to be useful for anything other than making pipe bombs and IEDs. You're much better off storing ammo. If you want that to be reloaded ammo, that's fine, do your reloading now. When everything goes to hell, how are you going to have time to reload ammo?
My thought is that one man operations are not long for the world, "When everything goes to hell". At that time one will need a tribe to gather with to continue to survive. Everyone in a tribe needs to be able to contribute to the survival of the tribe. Bringing reloading skills, tools, and product, as well as some firearms that shoot the stuff just might make me useful to the tribe. Useful enough to let me join, and useful enough to keep me around.
I won't go into how many rounds I have stored here on the inter web, let it suffice to say,, enough.
And for the rounds I reload, enough primers, brass, bullets and powder to be just fine thank you very much
Once you break into one of them, the rest of the ammo seems to follow you out the door to the range and BANG! It's all gone again!!!
Ain't that the truth! Just like breaking a $100 bill.
I really need to get into reloading, especially considering I now own a Desert Eagle. Local store wanted $55 for 50 rounds!
I'll assume your DE is in .50 AE. $55 for 50 rounds seems pretty decent. The Desert Eagle cannot survive shooting lead bullets, and requires full house loads. I figure it will cost you(buying brass, bullets and primers) about $90 per hundred rounds. You save once you have a suppy of cases to reload. I do not know how many reloads the .50 AE woud get, but I figure I get 8 - 10 with .44 magnum before I dump them. You can get a new Lee Delux Turret kit for about $210 and .50 AE dies for about $35 .... $1 a round versus $.90 a round (less if you buy in bulk) is about a dime savings. It will take a couple thousand rounds to break even I'm thinking. You will shoot more, you will buy more ... we never have enough ... right ? It is a hobby, but I figure it really only saves me money if I shoot a lot, which is not a problem. Good luck.
Reloading .50AE is an absolute pain in the bubblegum, it's right up there with M1 carbine. Granted, I've loaded tens-of-thousands of rounds of M1C, but I now have so many rounds I never have to do it again. .50AE at $1/rd is a good enough price I would just buy it. The bullets are expensive, the case has a slight taper, requiring lubricants (even with carbide dies), and the worst part, it wants really exotic powders. H110, and IMR4227 are probably the best performers in that caliber, and from a metering and availability standpoint, they're also the worst powders. (H110 tends to clock powder dispensers) and IMR4227 can be hard to find, and is expensive. Personally, I would probably just buy as much of this ammo as you can get at that price.