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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby angie_nrs » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:33 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone! I may have been overthinking this one a bit. I'm going to grab some ammo cans and diversify my storage. I'm sure I've got ammo stored that will outlast me......at least I hope so. I guess my main concerns should be theft, water, and fire. Storing ammo in different places and in different types of containers should mitigate these concerns, so that's my plan.

If nothing else at least it's a good investment as the price is going nowhere but up. I also think there's a day coming in the not so distant future where all ammo purchases will have to be logged or registered. I'm stocking up now while it's still legal and cash is still king.
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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby Photon Guy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:24 pm

angie_nrs wrote:Thanks for the comments everyone! I may have been overthinking this one a bit. I'm going to grab some ammo cans and diversify my storage. I'm sure I've got ammo stored that will outlast me......at least I hope so. I guess my main concerns should be theft, water, and fire. Storing ammo in different places and in different types of containers should mitigate these concerns, so that's my plan.

If nothing else at least it's a good investment as the price is going nowhere but up. I also think there's a day coming in the not so distant future where all ammo purchases will have to be logged or registered. I'm stocking up now while it's still legal and cash is still king.


Good for you in getting the ammo cans, I doubt you will regret it. The ammo cans work just fine for me and as I said before you can use them to store ammo indefinitely. As for theft, water, and fire, if you've got the money you could buy a high quality safe and use it to store not just ammo but guns as well as the safes are designed primarily for storing guns but can obviously be used to store ammo too and just about anything else you want to keep safe, jewelry, important documents, ect. I've got a liberty safe myself. You want to do your research before buying a safe if you plan to do that, find the one that's the best for your money, that's the hardest to break into and that has the highest fire rating. As for water, if your area is prone to flooding Im afraid the safes aren't watertight. Safes will even collect moisture inside so its a good idea to get one of those small dehumidifiers that you can put in the safe. Keep up the good work.
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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby ReadyMom » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:25 am

So ... Coincidentally, as this thread is in discussion, this week, I was at my 86 y/o dad's house. Sorting every room, in preparation to downsize him from our family home. I came across this box of ammo. Do I save? Is it safe? I found it just sitting on his closet shelf! Circa mid 1960's:
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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby handyman777 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:48 am

I'll buy them from you RM !!! They will (probably-maybe) shoot OK, but they are more of a collector item. To bad the main box is damaged.
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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby TRex2 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:10 pm

angie_nrs wrote:Do I need to buy ammo cans for proper ammo storage or can I use food buckets? There are cheap plastic plano ammo cans at WM for around $5, but I can get food grade buckets free. Right now I store ammo in the house where it is dry, but I want to expand where I store ammo. The temperature may not be as steady in my secondary spot, possibly causing condensation issues.

I know I couldn't fill the buckets b/c they would be way too heavy, even with the smaller 2 gallon buckets, but at least they would be hidden from plain sight. I'm thinking it would make sense to put the silica packs in with the buckets?

I didn't see a thread specifically addressing ammo storage so I thought this would be a good discussion to have. Let's discuss......
As far as keeping the ammo from condensation, the buckets should work fine. As far as the temperature, as long as the temperature in the buckets doesn't exceed 130 Fahrenheit or get cold enough to condense moisture in the bucket it will be fine (you might want to add one of those desiccant packs).

As for a reason you might want to use the metal cans instead of the buckets is this: ammo tends to self ignite (cook off) around 270 degrees (or higher), and if there is a fire, the metal cans give a margin of safety that they buckets do not. That, ease of transport, and making it easy for you to remember where your ammo is are the only reasons I can think of.
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Re: Need advice on storing ammo

Postby Photon Guy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:13 pm

TRex2 wrote:As far as keeping the ammo from condensation, the buckets should work fine. As far as the temperature, as long as the temperature in the buckets doesn't exceed 130 Fahrenheit or get cold enough to condense moisture in the bucket it will be fine (you might want to add one of those desiccant packs).

As for a reason you might want to use the metal cans instead of the buckets is this: ammo tends to self ignite (cook off) around 270 degrees (or higher), and if there is a fire, the metal cans give a margin of safety that they buckets do not. That, ease of transport, and making it easy for you to remember where your ammo is are the only reasons I can think of.


Ease of transport and ease of storage are good reasons for using the metal cans instead of buckets. Aside from that, metal cans are definitely better for long term storage.
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