Your local camera store.
This is a discussion on Good Dissecant for ammo in storage.... within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Fellow shooters, I have a tupperware container with around 800 rounds of SD ammo. I worry sometimes about moisture and such damaging my precious ammo ...
I have a tupperware container with around 800 rounds of SD ammo. I worry sometimes about moisture and such damaging my precious ammo (these days ammo is precious). I would like to know if you guys recommend a dissecant for me to throw inside the container in order to preserve the ammo.
G21SF, G30, G36, Ruger SP101 DAO, S&W 642
Your local camera store.
CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.
Silica Gel at Wal-Mart, or on-line. It is reusable. Get the one with the tint that changes color when you need to dessicate them.
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jfl (NRA Life Member/Instructor - GOA - IDPA - GSSF - ex-IHMSA)
Go to a pet store and get silica gel cat litter. Package it in something like a sock or cloth bag and you are done. Recharge in the oven occasionally at 200 degrees for 2 hours (obviously without the sock).
$15 gets you like 10 pounds.
Know anybody who works construction? Pieces of sheetrock will do the trick. I save every little bag out of electronic equipment, medicine bottles, shipping containers and whatever to put in my ammo cans. I've also bought the large bulk bags at gun shows and rejuvenated them in the oven when needed. Most of my silica has come to me free!
Also, avoid any Silica Gel that contains the BLUE silica gel which are indicating beads that contain Cobalt Chloride. Which is banned in the UK and listed as Hazardous material. Plenty of research and reports showing it is harmful to environment and can cause cancer. Just google Cobalt Chloride Hazardous and you will find plenty of info.
Several companies now sell the Orange Indicating Silica Gel that does NOT have Cobalt Chloride. Just Google Silica Gel Packets and there are a few that sell the Orange Indicating Silica Gel.
Indicating Silica Gel Packets
Blue Indicating contains Cobalt Chloride which is believe to cause cancer and is harmful to environment. In UK it is listed as Hazardous Material and must be disposed of as "special waste"
Thanks for the suggestion about the Cobalt Chloride toxicity. I have never heard of it before. Ammo itself is fairly toxic (lead bullets and primers). I think as long as one washed their hands after handling and avoided children... it ought to be just fine.
here is the MSDS:
Ramrod- Drywall- in the Kearney Nuclear War Survival skills he mentions that you can bake drywall to make a fairly effective desiccant. Field expedient.