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How to store ammo cache

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by redhippie, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. redhippie

    redhippie People's republic of PDX Active Member

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    There is probably a thread on this, but what is the best way to store my ammunition? I have a safe and about 3000 rounds of various categories.

    What are the issues I should be thinking about? age, turnover, temperature, moisture, etc.
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Store in a cool dry place. Ammo cans work very well for that. Try to limit large quick temperature changes.

    With that said lots of ammo has been stored in much worse conditions and works just fine.
  3. misplacedtexan

    misplacedtexan Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    I keep mine in some plastic ammo cans in my closet.

    Figure as long as it stays dry it'll be fine for quite some time to come.
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    There are two basic types of ammo storage. One is your stash for immediate use. For me that is stored in ammo cans that have good seals. I add a desicant package, one of those with a moisture indicator on it and can be "rejuvenated" in the oven when it becomes saturated with moisture. If you don't open the can, that won't happen for a real long time (years).

    The next type of "storage" is the "Doomsday Stash". For years people have been just using large diameter plastic sewer pipe capped on one end and with a threaded "Clean-out" type fitting on the other. Fill it with your ammo you feel you'll need when the "residue hits the rotor", add a fresh desiccant pack or two, then screw in the plug using lots of good pipe joint compound. Can even tape over it with some "Gorilla Tape". Then go bury it in a deep hole that you can find when you need it. Preferrably not near a river where a flood will wash it up or where there will be future construction, again where it will be found.

    BTW, be sure to map your stash/cache carefully using permanent references like huge rocks etc, rather than trees that get cut down etc. A good set of GPS coordinates might help but just remember, that will take batteries and working satellites to help you find it.

    OK, so the last is a little extreme but --------
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  5. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I put my loaded ammo into labeled ziplok bags and store those in steel ammo cans. Those cans are stored on wooden shelves inside cheap, key lock, sheet metal gun safes bolted to the wall.
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    USGI surplus ammo cans and dessicant packs tossed in. You can reactivate the little silica desi packs that come with commercial products, they work great
  7. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I use metal ammo cans and store it in my shop. Some of my ammo is 20 years old and still works fine.
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    The most important thing that hasn't been said in this thread yet: DO NOT STORE SOLVENTS OR CLEANING COMPOUNDS NEAR YOUR AMMO, these compounds can/will eat brass (because they have chemicals designed for removing copper from bores) and have solvents that dissolve powder and primer residue, storing solvents in the same cabinet/box/etc is a huge no-no. Oils can be equally problematic. Preferably store your gun in a separate place away from your ammo, for safety and longevity of your ammo supply...
  9. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I suspect I have that much in the glove compartment and under the seat in my pickup. Don't know that you have enough to begin storing it just yet. :)
  10. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Silver Supporter

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    Some of the hunters that come out to DRRC for hunter's sight-in seem to believe ammo is best stored in their well oiled leather cartridge belt...turns 'em a really pretty shade of greenish black :)
  11. mwiding

    mwiding Vanouver, WA Member

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    I feel that Zcorr bags are your best option. They have a rust inhibitor in the layers of plastic, they are reusable and they also have a pleated bottom to fit both the 50cal and 30cal ammo cans.
    I sell the bags at most all the local gun shows (Ptld-Vanc-Puyallup) or contact me and I can send you some info about the bags.
    Thanks, Marc