Ammo Storage

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Surftaco, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Surftaco

    Surftaco New Member

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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.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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.
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    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.
     
  4. NavArch

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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.
     
  5. Uchahi

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    I would not be to worried I also live in FL. I keep my rounds under my bed.
     
  6. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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

    canebrake New Member

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    You guys store it?

    I shoot it! All my ammo stays fresh that way! [​IMG]
     
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  9. Surftaco

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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.
     
  10. J T Patriot

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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.
     
  11. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    150 rounds? Man, buy yourself some ammunition! :eek:
     
  12. Surftaco

    Surftaco New Member

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    LOL, I pick up my first gun tomorrow! :D how much do you keep on hand?
     
  13. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    There are more than 150 rounds loose behind the seat of my pickup. My ammo storage container is 4 drawer filing cabinets. 2 for rifle, 2 for handgun, and one for shotshells. Check places that carry USED office equipment, and you can find the good heavy ones with roller bearing drawers. I have been avoiding the MASSIVE increase in ammo price in the past year by using what I got on sale. I know it will not last forever- by the the time I am 99, I need to buy more 8mm Mauser. :rolleyes:
     
  14. J T Patriot

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    If you buy a cabinet and you intend to use 2 drawers for rifle, two for pistol, and one for shot shells, make sure to get on that has 5 drawers. Im just sayin.......... No offence intended c3.
     
  15. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Uh, JT, my CABINETS have 4 drawers. There are 5 cabinets. :p
     
  16. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    shooter, AMMOMAN.COM has 8mm for .22¢/rnd.
     
  17. Surftaco

    Surftaco New Member

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    you think the "Glock" mags are any good?
     
  18. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I personally have not used the KCI mags for Glock 19. I tend to stay away from them and stick with the standard Glock 19 mags to ensure that safety. I personnaly stay away from aftermarket mags.

    Here is youtube review of the KCI mag and original Glock mag!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl4P-WzT3fY&feature=youtube_gdata]YouTube - KCI, Kahn Glock aftermarket magazine review & comparison[/ame]
     
  19. J T Patriot

    J T Patriot New Member

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    Uh, we musta had a failure to communicate. Shoulda realized one could not be enough.:D
     
  20. c3shooter

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    Canebrake- thanx for the link on the 8mm. I'm down to a few thousand- the last I bought was .05/rd. Turk, corrosive, loaded hotter'n all get out- but shoots well. Need to spend a day bullet casting for .45s- my reloading stock is getting a little light.