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what is the recommended way to store ammunition? i want to start storing ammo (nothing aggressive yet - buying 50 and only shoot 40, for example). I have an old army metal ammo box that still has the rubber seal but i could see how that would fill up pretty fast.

also, it would seem the boxes and plastic retainers would take up a lot of room. would it be ok to just dump them all in a baggie instead? obviously i wouldn't want to mix calibers but should i keep brands seperated as well?
 

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i use the large 40mm and 20mm cans to store mine. i use homemade wooden crates to store it until i have enough to fill a can and then fill it and seal it up. ill take some pics when i get home tonite.

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seal it? just tape it shut? do you include anything in the can besides the ammo like O2 scrubbers?

what is the enemy of ammo - moisture, I assume. anything else?
 

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i put a large drum liner garbage bag inside the can and stack the ammo in the bag, then twist it shut and put on the lid. i dont intend to go to sea, or to go swimming with my ammo cans so i dont worry about making them 100% watertight. also i open them from time to time to asses the contents.

the biggest enemy of ammo is moisture. find a place where the temp is consistent and cool. i store mine in basements (my own, my parents, the farm) and open them at least twice a year to breathe. i also test fire rounds from those batches every five years to verify function. i have ammo thats 15+ years old stored that way that is good to go.

the key here is keeping it STABLE. dont make it hot then cold (condensation), lots of vibration/upset (moving it around, playing with it etc). find a good place, park it there and leave it alone till you need to check it or use it.

i dont liek silica gel packs because some of them contain acidic residues that can be more harmful than good. keeping them in a cool stable area is better than silica IMHO.

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thanks, sw. just one more question - do you keep the ammo in the boxes they came in or do you consolidate them somehow?
 

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i dont liek silica gel packs because some of them contain acidic residues that can be more harmful than good. keeping them in a cool stable area is better than silica IMHO.

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thanks for the tip. so far i have been keeping my ammo in the original box so the acidic residue isn't too much of a concern there, but I didn't know about the acid in the first place. I just knew that while very tasty, you're not supposed to eat them. I do keep mine in my garage. The colorado climate is notoriously dry, so moisture isn't a main concern here.
 

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snip from wiki on silica gel packs:

"A solution of sodium silicate is acidified to produce a gelatinous precipitate that is washed, then dehydrated to produce colorless silica gel"

the acidification process can leave behind residue that can be harmful. food grade dessicant is purified to a much higer level that everyday packs you get in shoes, clothing or other containers. it also costs around 10x as much as regular dessicant.

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snip from wiki on silica gel packs:

"A solution of sodium silicate is acidified to produce a gelatinous precipitate that is washed, then dehydrated to produce colorless silica gel"

the acidification process can leave behind residue that can be harmful. food grade dessicant is purified to a much higer level that everyday packs you get in shoes, clothing or other containers. it also costs around 10x as much as regular dessicant.

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i was just kidding about eating it.
 

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All previous advice is good, but to add one more: Heat will also degrade ammo. Don't store it in a high heat area like an attic or garage. The military did a study on ammo versus heat and IIRC as little as 130 degrees for a few months was a problem. They were worried about ammo dumps in desert climates.
 

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I would think finding a way to get some argon gas into your container would be a good idea (don't ask me how to get it in though)

That stuff displaces oxygen, works great as a shielding gas for welding.
 

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using gasses to push out oxygen ks a good idea, but hard to implement. oh and nitrogen is better than argon, argon can react with the metals over long periods of time. (think decades)

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My LGS gives away a .30 cal ammo can every 5 boxes of ammo you purchase. Got my last one for 5 packs of mil-surp mosin ammo... $30 for 100rds and an ammo can!
 

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I just shot off most of a box of "Samson" brand (Israeli, 9mm HP) from 1984 with no inconsistencies. It shot better than my new stuff!

I kept them in the factory box in a wooden cupboard where it was dry and pretty temperate and didn't get jostled around. I think the lack of getting knocked around made a difference.

The price tag on the box made me cry: $4 for match hollow points.
 

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What about a rag put on top of the supply dampened with 3in1 oil?

That seemed to me today like it would help prevent undue corrosion and moisture problems. Anyone against it?
 

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What about a rag put on top of the supply dampened with 3in1 oil?

That seemed to me today like it would help prevent undue corrosion and moisture problems. Anyone against it?
oil/solvents/anything petroleum based will kill your ammo as time goes by and it evaporates into the contents of the can. that may work with weapons, but it wil ruin ammo.

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The other day, I decided to stick my .30 Carbine ammo into some cans to get it off the shelf. Well to my amazement I couldnt fit diddly squat into the cans from the different sizes of the cases the ammo comes in (different makes) So i said screw it, and just dumped them in outta the boxes.

Now Im wondering whats going to happen to this ammo in the long run, Ive had a 50round box of 9mm turn colors on me in my BOB.
 
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