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Discussion On Wild Bunch Dispatch Issue #73 Starts HERE At 6:30pm Mountain Time!

April 2, 2022

The Q&A portion of the Wild Bunch Dispatch will be held on this page from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Mountain Time) today.  Any questions you might have on the 73rd issue (Prepping Items To Buy Right Now Before Prices Go Up) please post here and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.  Some ground rules:

1)  Please stick to the subject matter of the newsletter.

2)  This is not a debate forum.  If you have some concerns I’m happy to address them, but I can’t get into a long circular debate while other people have questions.

3)  If I do not respond to your question immediately, don’t freak out.  I’ll get to it, don’t worry.

4)  Try to keep to one or two questions each time you write a post.  Please refrain from essay-long multi-question posts.  It is much appreciated. 

I will begin discussion at exactly 6:30pm Mountain time.  Looking forward to your questions and thoughts on the Wild Bunch Issue #73.  If you missed out on this discussion you can still subscribe for the next issue and participate.  For more information on how to subscribe, visit the link HERE.


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    Brandon Smith April 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Discussion on Issue #73 is now open.

  • Greg B. April 2, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I think aluminum and steel are the easiest metal to stockpile simply because there’s just so much of it around and can find them almost anywhere. I actually have a small stockpile of aluminum can and scrap metal. I plan to melt the cans down into ingots when I get the right equipment.

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      Brandon Smith April 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      I remember when the Russian metals markets opened up in the 1990s and the prices crashed on everything. Cheap metals were everywhere. That’s about to go bye-bye. I don’t think many Americans today realize how much prices are going to explode on these materials. Aluminum will certainly spike, along with steel. Industrial grade ingots is a good idea.

      • JWillard April 5, 2022 at 3:15 am

        Wood, both as building material and for lighting and heating, seems to be a good idea. Storage space may be an issue for many, though. What other multitasking materials can you recommend?

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          Brandon Smith April 5, 2022 at 5:25 am

          Also buying some boxes of nails and screws would be a good idea.

  • Mako April 2, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    What are your feelings on water storage? How many gallons in containers should I buy?

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      Brandon Smith April 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      I’ve noticed the prices on containers are going way up and they will go higher soon. I suggest that you store at least enough water for a couple weeks if you can. I recommend using several smaller 5-7 gallon containers and don’t go too cheap; you don’t want leaks. Also be sure to treat the water in case it is being stored for a long time. The smaller containers are easier to move if you need to take water with you somewhere. The big 55 gallon drums are nice, but good luck trying to move that anywhere in a hurry.

  • SarahH April 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Do you think ammo prices will go up again?

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      Brandon Smith April 2, 2022 at 7:57 pm

      If they do go up, it will be because of mass panic buying. All the materials used in ammunition come from other countries besides Russia, at least in terms of US imports. So, sanctions are not going to affect much for ammo. Also, Biden blocked Russian ammo imports months before the Ukraine war, so the market has already absorbed the costs from that. If you are running more uncommon calibers I would stock what you can, though. Anyone doing that before the covid lockdowns would have made a killing on reselling or barter.

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    Brandon Smith April 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Discussion is now closed on Issue #73. Thanks to all those subscribers who participated. If you missed out on this issue or would like to subscribe to The Wild Bunch Dispatch to receive future issues, visit the subscription page HERE.

  • Greg B. April 2, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Following SarahH’s question, it’s also a good idea to start stocking up on gun parts while you still can, including lower and upper receivers.

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