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Storing Gun Powder in your safe

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Bob243, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Bob243

    Bob243 Kitsap County, Wa. Member

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    I have heard both good & bad about this.Looking for your guys opinion.
    Thanks,Bob
     
  2. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't see why it would be a problem.

    What have you heard "bad" about it?
     
  3. CavVet

    CavVet Seattle Member

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    My only input is WAC 296-52-71045


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  4. Bob243

    Bob243 Kitsap County, Wa. Member

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    Iam just wondering because I just bought a new gun safe & a friend of mine says if there is a fire,even tho its fire safe for 30 minutes That,IF by chance it did go off,it would be worse in the safe than on a shelf,
     
  5. alphapygmy

    alphapygmy Yamhill County Active Member

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    I store my powder in one of those locking sheet metal gun cabinets from Homak or Stack-On. I drilled half a dozen 1/2" holes in it so that if the powder cooks off the gas has someplace to escape and doesn't build enough pressure to blow the thing up.
     
  6. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    First off smokeless powder does not "go off", it burns creating gas pressure. It is contained that pressure can build up and hopefully the container is either vented or can contain the pressure. Mine simply sets on the shelf if I have a fire that area will be hot, but I want the pressure to escape.............

    In a house fire you can easily tell if what is burning is smokeless, black powder or ammo cooking off.
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would avoid storing powder in a contained area with firearms. Smokeless powder, contrary to what many believe, is NOT "non-corrosive" in the strictest sense. Although modern powder cannisters are pretty much air tight, I would not put anything in a confined space with my firearms that could go airborne and create even a mildly corrosive atmosphere.
    On the other hand, I heard a B.S. story from somebody one time that said he put an open tray of a pound of Black Powder in the bottom of his gunsafe as a sure detriment to anybody utilizing a torch or cutoff saw on his safe. This scenario creates a somewhat pleasing visual.
     
  8. Spad

    Spad Kennewick,WA, the desert side Active Member

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    I like that gunpowder in the bottom of the safe, sounds good. In California you'd probably get sued by the perp for his injuries. ha. Spad