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Old 04-11-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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I am currently storing most of my ammo in my garage. I have it locked up in my craftsman tool box inside Gallon size Ziploc bags.

I live in Florida and it can get maybe up to 90 degrees in there during the summer.

Maybe 40 degrees tops in the winter.

Will I be able to store this ammo with no problems? The ammo in question are of the 9mm FMJ kind.

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Old 04-11-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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90 degrees to 40 degrees shouldn't be a problem. A steady temperature and a cool dry place is best for storage though. In a garage, there are temperature fluctuations that aren't necessarily a good thing for ammunition.

However, My buddy shoots WWI .303 ammunition in his Enfield and it works fine. I think the key is to just try and avoid drastic temperature changes.

I store my ammunition in the house in a closet, so it remains a fairly consistent temperature. Then again I may be a bit anal about it.

Being in Florida, I think that humidity is your biggest enemy.

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I am currently storing most of my ammo in my garage. I have it locked up in my craftsman tool box inside Gallon size Ziploc bags.

I live in Florida and it can get maybe up to 90 degrees in there during the summer.

Maybe 40 degrees tops in the winter.

Will I be able to store this ammo with no problems? The ammo in question are of the 9mm FMJ kind.
I store my ammo in the garage as well with greater temp extremes than you but the changes are gradual. I have yet to have any problems.

I keep all my ammo in the original packaging. Don't know if the gallon size ziploc bags are helpful or not, I would be concerned about condensation or moisture being trapped inside the bag and corroding the ammo or damaging the charge in some way.
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Humidity and EXTREME temps are the killers. Since Florida homes have no basements (as they would be classified as "swimming pools"), I would recommend the following:

1. Use a food or clothes vacuum rig (Food Saver or Space Bag) to minimize the air (and therefore the water vapor) in contact with the ammo. Adding bulk silica would also help.
2. Consider buying a cheap mini fridge on a thermostatically controlled switch that turns on the fridge only when the garage temp hits 120 or above.

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I would not be to worried I also live in FL. I keep my rounds under my bed.

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Fla. here also, I added a shelf in a closet for ammo.

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You guys store it?

I shoot it! All my ammo stays fresh that way!

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I have a lot of ammo on hand. But I rotate it when I shoot. I take from the top. But after I reload it I put it on the bottom.

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I don't plan on storing very long mind you. Just keeping some in the garage for the range. I'll probably store the ammo at a max of one month at a time. Hopefully less than that. I have a 150 rounds out there now. Ill hopefully shoot it all this Saturday!

I have it out there because I can lock it up and I know the kids wont get into it out there.

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If your storing for such a short time, no worries. As stated above moisture is the biggest storage concern. Get a good quality GI ammo can and your good.

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