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ammo storage?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by RCBS, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Apr 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    lets just say i know this guy with a bunch of ammo and he's worried about long term storage. how would he go about properly storing bulk munitions? do they just need to be airtight? should dessicant be used? they may or may not be buried at some point in the future. he was thinking about using a vacuum packing machine. anyone know the proper protocol?
     
  2. Apr 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    Kept in a good fire proof safe with a moisture bag or dehumidifier should be good. moisture ruins ammo!
     
  3. Apr 21, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    i heard a room with w. fertilizer, diesel and dynamite is a good place! j/k a well ventilated room or box that gets fresh air, thats what my dads FFL book says, just make sure your ass is covered!
     
  4. Apr 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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    lol! he doesn't have any go-boom stuff...just quite a few rifle & pistol cartridges...well, unless you count Black Cats :)

    i'm getting mixed signals here though...better to be sealed & dry, or dry with air movement? no room in the safe, he keeps his BB guns in there.
     
  5. Apr 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM
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    Dry is the key and a constant temp too if they go from cold to hot all the time the casing can condensate or contract moisture...
     
  6. Apr 21, 2009 at 4:07 PM
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    my dad is a FED. FIREARMS DEALER the book says keep it in a weel ventilated box or room where fresh air is available
     
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    I keep all mine in metal and plastic ammo boxes... Haven't had a prob yet with it... I guess time will tell...
     
  9. Apr 22, 2009 at 2:58 AM
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    I put mine in ammo cans and then dessicant packs in each one. Then they're in the safe with dessicant in that too.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2009 at 4:29 AM
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    Ammo cans with dessicant packs. Ventilated box might be a good idea for a DEALER selling ammo and storing short term, but I would imagine that would suck for long term storage.
     
  11. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:46 AM
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    Store it in a sealed ammo can and put desiccant packs in it. I sell the small desiccant pack 20 for $5.00. If you need some let me know.
     
  12. Apr 24, 2009 at 3:12 AM
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    thanks for the tips everyone.

    Glocktex: i think i can get the packs local, if not i'll shoot you a PM.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2009 at 5:46 AM
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    The ubiquitous cool dry place is best.

    It really takes quite a bit to ruin ammo. I've shot WW2 vintage stuff quite recently, and it was fine, and wasn't stored in ammo cans with dessicant packs.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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    RCBS [OP] "Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag."

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    well, you know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. i take very good care of my firearms, so i think i should do the same for the dope that goes in 'em.
     
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