Ammo storage: Loose or in manufacturer's boxes?

Ammo storage: Loose or in manufacturer's boxes?

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    Ammo storage: Loose or in manufacturer's boxes?

    I have my various calibers stored in 50 cal cans and the boxes take up a lot of space. Other than losing track of lot #'s, is there any drawback to removing the rounds from the box and storing them loose in the cans?


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    Counting hundreds or thousands of loose rounds sucks.

    If you are even slightly OCD about organization it could be a problem.
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    Not unless you let the bulk containers to get tossed around. The reason ammo is sold in the stacked and packed boxes is so that the rounds have less chance of getting marred or damaged in some way during shipping. We have just gotten used to seeing ammo like this.
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    I prefer to keep my rounds boxed in trays. Don't even have to be the originals boxes, but it helps me keep the different brands and styles separate so I can know what I have easier. When at the range I dump them in a small bowl. It's easier for me to reload when they are loose. Don't think it would hurt to store them loose if you don't mind them getting mixed, or each can is only one caliber/brand/style.

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    I keep ~500 rounds of EDC target shooting ammo in plastic ammo boxes, and the rest in their original containers. All self defense ammo is pre-screened and in a plastic ammo box. I inspect each round that goes into the plastic ammo boxes. Non-EDC ammo gets the same treatment, but more like ~200-300 rounds per caliber in plastic ammo boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88keys View Post
    I keep ~500 rounds of EDC target shooting ammo in plastic ammo boxes, and the rest in their original containers. All self defense ammo is pre-screened and in a plastic ammo box. I inspect each round that goes into the plastic ammo boxes. Non-EDC ammo gets the same treatment, but more like ~200-300 rounds per caliber in plastic ammo boxes.
    what do you inspect them for?

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    I know lots of people recommend tossing the original packaging, and just storing the ammo loose in cans. I dont.

    The reason I like to keep the original packaging, is in case there is an ammo malfunction. Then you would have a better chance of identifying the lot, or batch, or something about it, to tell the gun maker, and/or the ammo company.

    I do, of course keep all those packs of ammo in ammo cans, as well for storage.

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    I keep my 5.56X45mm and 7.62X51mm ammo loose in 50 caliber cans. I keep my self-defense handgun, target rifle, hunting rifle, and shotgun rounds in the manufacturer's boxes until used.
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    Glock2201--Just to make sure there's no manufacturing defects...especially with cheap target ammo.

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    And where do you get cheap target ammo......................??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmokey View Post
    And where do you get cheap target ammo......................??

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    Walmart

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    No kidding, you really should look at ordering online. Its cheaper than walmart, during normal times. Other than perhaps bulk packs of .22.

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    Walmart

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    I am the manufacturer and all my rounds go in hundreds into quart zip lock freezer bags and then into metal military cans.

    If I were buying manufactured ammo, I'd probably keep them in the boxes just in case you have a recall situation.
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    "Other than losing track of lot #'s,..."

    With all the highly reliable and safe commercial ammo that's been recalled in the last few years, you might need those lot numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    I am the manufacturer and all my rounds go in hundreds into quart zip lock freezer bags and then into metal military cans.

    If I were buying manufactured ammo, I'd probably keep them in the boxes just in case you have a recall situation.
    I've done some similar to this. Loaded my own and vacuum sealed. Air-tight and bags are tough.
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