Ammo storage question

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    Ammo storage question

    I got a bunch of ammo for a firearms course I'm taking in April and was wondering if I needed to do anything special with it? Do I need to put dissicant packs in with it? I'm keeping it in the UPS box it shipped in. I live in FL, is the humidity going to screw it up? It's been about a day, is it too late? Sorry for the noob questions.

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    High humidity and large temperature swings are the enemy of stored ammo. But over the span of a couple of months, you won't have any problems. Just keep it out of the rain. Long-term, in your environment I'd be inclined to store it in an air-conditioned space, but nothing special beyond that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    High humidity and large temperature swings are the enemy of stored ammo. But over the span of a couple of months, you won't have any problems. Just keep it out of the rain. Long-term, in your environment I'd be inclined to store it in an air-conditioned space, but nothing special beyond that.

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    As a real basic rule of thumb, if you're comfortable then ammo will be fine in the same area. Stick it in the closet in the boxes it came in and you should be good to go. Most modern ammo can tolerate a bit of a temp swing and some humidity but not for extended periods ( months as another poster has said). Enjoy the class! And let us know how you do.

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    I've got ammo that's been stored inside my S. FL home for 20 yrs. Every round I've ever pulled out has gone bang. Unless you're storing it in a leaky shed in the backyard, don't worry about it.
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    It has probably gone bad. PM me and I will tell you where to send it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BkCo1 View Post
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    Another thought

    I agree with the humidity, fairly constant temperature, etc. What about storing the amoo with the round up or down? Does powder settle away from the primer if stored bullet down, does it matter?

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    ^^^This is something I'd like to see the answer too!
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    It isn't going to matter if the round is right side up or down, it is all about the storage area you are doing this and if they have been under water at any time. I have rounds that I reloaded in the early 1970's that still go bang now in 38 Spl from a Lee Loader. This isn't about fine wine it is Bullits that are reloaded. I also have some fine wine that is stored in the horizantal positional in my wine rack. The wine is all doing well, along with the boolits........
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    Since standard factory ammo and properly produced hand loads seem to be shelf stable for decades, I've got a big Rubbermaid storage bin with a couple desiccant packs where I keep my standard store bought boxed ammo. I write the month and the year on the box of all ammo purchased so I know when I got it and go with a "first in, first out" usage. This way I'm pretty much covered except in the event of a biblical flood and I'm nowhere near any kind of flood territory. I keep the bulk ammo in standard surplus ammo cans but I got bored the other night and sorted a bunch into "snack packs" for the range using small ziplock bags. I packaged according to the capacity of my guns, meaning in .38sp I did 24rd packs so 4 cylinders per bag.

    Is any of the necessary? Probably not. I've shot boxes of shotgun shells and .22lr that came out of my grandfather's basement that he bought who knows when and he just stored them up on the iron i-beam that ran down the width of the house. That basement was a dark damp place and it turned a lot of that brass green with oxidation. With the exception of a lone 12 gauge shell, everything has gone bang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xrmeav8r View Post
    I agree with the humidity, fairly constant temperature, etc. What about storing the amoo with the round up or down? Does powder settle away from the primer if stored bullet down, does it matter?
    It makes no difference how it is stored. Up, down, whatever.
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