How do you store your boxes of ammo?

How do you store your boxes of ammo?

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    How do you store your boxes of ammo?

    Where does one safely store ammo? Im not so worried about a break in, but in the event of a fire or something, do I need to store them in a steel ammo box? How do you guys store yours?

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    I don't worry about a fire. I do keep mine in mil type ammo boxes because they seem to go together well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclenunzie View Post
    I don't worry about a fire. I do keep mine in mil type ammo boxes because they seem to go together well.
    Exactly the same with me.
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    steel ammo boxes? where does one get those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by husker3in4 View Post
    steel ammo boxes? where does one get those?
    Where can't you get them! There are dozens if not hundreds of places online to buy mil-spec ammo cans. Gun shows are probably the best place to get used ones cheap. Or you can find them in any number of brick & mortar stores ranging from sport/outdoor establishments (Cabela's, Ganger Mountain, etc.), local gun stores, Army Surplus stores, to Walmart or even hardware stores.

    Menards has probably the best deal on new cans that I've seen recently at $14 for a new .50 can. My local Costco has a .50 & .30 Can combo (new) for $20. The same deal is available at midwayusa.com, but you would have to pay shipping.

    But, you can get very servicible used ones for less than $10

    FYI: There is a kit you can buy off Amazon for about $7 to make a .50 cal can lockable, but I have a pretty easy method. Using a dremmel extend the hole in the front flap upward to make a slit about an inch and a half high. Then, drill a hole in the front of the can in the middle of that slit for an eye bolt. Secure the eyebolt with washers and a lock nut such that it extends far enough past the front flap when closed that you can attach a lock. Material costs less than $2 and takes about 10 minutes.

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    I am another that stores ammunition in ammo cans.
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    I bought a metal Stack On cabinet and keep all my ammo locked in it. I'm still trying to figure out where to permanently place in the garage, at that time I will bolt it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by husker3in4 View Post
    steel ammo boxes? where does one get those?
    No, steel cans are not necessary. Ammo poses no threat from flying bullets during a house fire.
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    My ammo lives in a locked wooden cabinet across the room from my gun safe. The cabinet isn't heavy duty and wont prevent a determined break in attempt, but it will keep prying eyes and meddling hands off of my ammo stash. I also keep a dehumidifier running in the room to keep everything nice and dry. The best thing to do in a house fire is just to let the ammo burn. If the powder inside of a live round ignites, the bullet will simply push its out of the case rather than shooting off as if fired out of a gun.

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    In the boxes they were sold in. In a cool dry place, ie. a closet in my house.
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    I keep it in a locking steel cabinet in the garage. Just stacked on the shelves.

    I live in California and it's not humid and inside the garage is never colder than 40 degrees or hotter than 90 degrees.

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    Ammo cans nearly everywhere. Small cans at Cabelas, Academy, and most gun stores. Larger cans at Army Surplus Stores and some other bargain/overstock outlets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    No, steel cans are not necessary. Ammo poses no threat from flying bullets during a house fire.
    The ATF has done some really good tests on this. None of us would want to be in the same room as a case of ammo that is on fire but it's far less damaging than most people think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighterguy View Post
    The ATF has done some really good tests on this. None of us would want to be in the same room as a case of ammo that is on fire but it's far less damaging than most people think.
    The fact that the room is on fire is the hazard, not the ammo.
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