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What is the best method of storing ammo to keep it dry and to preserve shelf life?

Common advice seems to be to store in dry ammo storage boxes like those found at Cabelas. However, what if I simply went to The Container Store, a chain, an purchase a plain ordinary plastic container.

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See no problems with plain contain would suggest an absorb all product or silica package.
 

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They sell some on the internet at can be microwaved to dry them out.
 

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As long as you keep it in an relatively low humidity (under 50 percent) no silica gel is needed, although it won't hurt. In the typical air conditioned house, nothing special needs to be done.

Storage in plastic cases is fine; original or replacement cardboard boxes is fine; for reloaders, the 4x4x4 boxes that bulk bullets comes in works, too. I can put 400 9MM or 300 .38/.357 in one of them. They take up much less space than 50 round boxes. Piling the boxes into RubberMade-style tubs is fine, as long as you don't try to lift the loaded tubs!!!

I have 30+ year old ammo that works just fine with nothing special in the way of conditions other than under 80 degrees and under 60 percent humidity.

Ammo is NOT fragile.
 

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I keep most of my surplus ammo in .30 caliber ammo cans (Army surplus) with silica packs, If you have small boxes some of the silica packs that come in electronics will do.
 

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Army surplus ammo cans are nice. Silica packets found in medication bottles and electronics are more than enough a few to a can. I have some of the oven reactivated desiccants, and they're good for large enclosed spaces like the gun safe and such. If you don't want to spend anything on desiccants, you can always find a friend in construction and put some pieces of sheetrock in your storage spaces and be just fine.
 

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Where can I purchase the silica packages? Since it absorbs moisture does it have to be replaced often?
Your local shoe store might have some. Some shoe makers put them in the boxes, some don't. It's worth a try since they're free. :image035:
 

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I have a bunch of .50 cal ammo cans I keep them in.
 

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The ammo I have that isn't in sealed military packs (battle packs and sardine tins) is in surplus ammo cans. I set the cans out in the summer sun for an hour or so to heat up, throw in a silica pack and close up. Then store in the basement, when I want to open one it takes a pry bar to get the lid open if I can't sun heat it first. Air tight and dry as the desert.
 

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Bought a waterproof storage container from The Container Store. Paid 12 bucks. One can easily place a case of ammo or more.
 

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How about Damp Rid
They have a variety of sizes and applications, this link to one ideally suited to our needs.
You can order it online, but it may be cheaper at a local retailer.

Another side note, if you buy the big sizes, it makes AWESOME ice-melt in the winter.
 

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How about Damp Rid
They have a variety of sizes and applications, this link to one ideally suited to our needs.
For what? Unless you are storing ammo and powder in an area where the humidity is constantly over about 70 percent, it's unnecessary, although it won't hurt.

If the area is air conditioned, it's really unnecessary.
 

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What is the best method of storing ammo to keep it dry and to preserve shelf life?
FYI, the "shelf life" of ammunition is measured in decades, not months or years. Stuff that I loaded 30 years ago shoots just like stuff I loaded last week.
 

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FYI, the "shelf life" of ammunition is measured in decades, not months or years. Stuff that I loaded 30 years ago shoots just like stuff I loaded last week.
:yup: I've been told the same thing. If stored in a cool dry place.
 

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About two weeks ago, I pulled out some Remington .38 Special ammo that I've stored in a .50 cal ammo can along with a desiccant bag for about 13 years. Every round fired OK.
 
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