Ammo Storage

Ammo Storage

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    Ammo Storage

    So there was just a thread about how much ammo you keep on hand and that got me thinking. What I want to know, is how does everyone store it? Several thousand rounds can take up a lot of space. I understand that keeping it cool and dry is the key, but what methods does everyone use? The few I can think of are in a safe or military style ammo cans. The other thing is I was thinking about stashing some out of the way in the crawl space under my house(in a sealed container) Is that a bad idea?

    And do you do anything different for Shotgun ammo? Does it last as long with the plastic and all?
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    I use old military ammo cans that I get from a local store for about 7 bucks a pop. I'll grease the rubber seal, throw in a silicon gel pack to absorb moisture, fill it up, lock it up and forget about it.

    For what it's worth - my uncle recently gave me a can of 45 acp loose rounds that have been laying around, unsealed and completely exposed to the humidity (he literally lives in a swamp) for at least 40 years. They still shoot fine.
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    Thanks Ramrod. I did a short look and didn't see exactly what I was looking for. Guess I should have looked a little harder.
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    I use old military storage boxes, cost me like $4 from gun store. put some desiccant in with it and forget about it
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    there may be local fire ordinances that set requirements on how much ammo you may have and how it must be stored. Check with your local FD.

    Also, metal ammo cans are not the best containers in event of fire. Metal transfers heat very quickly. Protection against the elements, yes; against fire, no. Wooden or other fire resistant containers are better. I know wood sounds odd since it burns, but that takes time and is less likely to cause the ammo in explode simutaneously that metal.

    Most ammo, if kept indoors out of the elements (particularly high heat and humidity), will last many years without any special containers.
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    I stick the original box on a shelf in my closet

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    army ammo cans and plastic coffee cans. both work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigStick View Post
    Several thousand rounds can take up a lot of space.
    Not really. 4,000 rounds of .223 (in stripper clips) takes up about one cubic foot. What takes up all the room is the boxes, both those with styrofoam inserts and the plastic MTM-style boxes. If you store ammo in bulk, especially pistol ammo, you can cut your storage requirements by as much as 60 percent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    ... If you store ammo in bulk, especially pistol ammo, you can cut your storage requirements by as much as 60 percent.
    That's good advice, thanks, but how do you keep it organized (pistol ammo, not in stripper clips) or do you just leave it loose in a container?
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    Picked up an $8 plastic Cabela's ammo box w/ rubber seal last week. Holds all the ammo i have in the house w/ room for more. Should throw a couple moisture packs in there at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigStick View Post
    That's good advice, thanks, but how do you keep it organized (pistol ammo, not in stripper clips) or do you just leave it loose in a container?
    Pistol ammo loose in an ammo can. Same with 22LR.

    I keep the rifle ammo in the factory boxes, stored inside of ammo cans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigStick View Post
    That's good advice, thanks, but how do you keep it organized (pistol ammo, not in stripper clips) or do you just leave it loose in a container?
    Loose. I have several 5"x5"x5" cardboard boxes (like case bullets come in) and I just dump rounds in therm. Typically a box this size will hold 400-500 9mm or 200 or so .308.

    I can fit 15k in a single 4'x3'x2' cabinet with no problem.
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    Some in Military surplus ammo cans and the rest in Cabelas
    style dry box(s). I have about 10-12 storage containers.
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