Storing ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by readygirl, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Just curious how other people store their stockpile, im starting to build up quite a bit, and sometimes wonder "what if my house caught on fire" I would have to tell the fire dept about the thousands of round of ammo, would they just clear the area, and let it burn ? Im thinking about buying a bunch of those army surplus sealed ammo cans, and burying them outside, is that crazy ?
     
  2. Toll13

    Toll13 New Member

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    Yes

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ammo in a fire, unless tightly confined, does not mass detonate (one huge KABLOOEY is the technical term for that). It burns, will pop bullet out of casing- not going more than a few feet with no real energy.

    Why would you bury ammo? The GI ammo can, when the rubber seal is intact, was MADE to store ammo. Keep it cool and dry, will last longer than you will.

    PS- my ammo storage is 5 drawer filing cabinets. Now up to 5 of them. Shop in the stores that carry USED office furniture. They USED to make nice, HEAVY steel filing cabinets with great ball bearing rollers for the drawers. But not airtight, so does not produce confinement.
     
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  4. kenhesr

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    Don't know about your area but around here the fire code is mainly for black powder storage. I don't have any but I think you can have around 5 pounds before you need a special container.

    As I am not in the business of selling small arms ammo I can have all I want for private use and be within code, no special storage rules. No special insurance rider.

    Ammo cans for storage is a good idea. I would probably look into the fire codes before I'd bury my ammo. Its not a good idea to let it freeze.

    My fireman friends say they are more worried about my aerosol cans & LP tanks than they are about loaded ammo - except for a round left in the chamber of a weapon cooking off.
     
  5. gutz47

    gutz47 New Member

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    If you bury ammo put it in something waterproof and plastic. They make specific boxes for burying guns and ammo. Also if you live far enough north where you get a good ol frozen winter, bury it deep.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i vaccuum seal it then put in a ammo can if its long term storgage. i make my own so i gotta come up with my own packing.

    i keep about 1000 rounds in loaded ar15 30 round mags in the gun safe.

    i wouldnt bury it. the ground has an amazing ability to houdini open just about any packing device over time.
     
  7. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Thanks for the info, i keep it in big zip-loc bags, in filing cabinets, in the basement now, will just keep doing that.
     
  8. fireguy

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    When our local meat locker went out of business I got one section of 4 drawer meat lockers. I gave it a coat of industrial gray paint to sort of match my gun safe and now I have a very nice mostly secure large ammo bin.
    I have much of it in ammo cans, some is sealed in battle packs, some I sealed with the vac sealer. I intentionally didn't draw all of the air out of the packs I made with the vac sealer. I doubt that it would be an issue, but was concerned about having a higher pressure inside the cartridge than outside of the cartridge for a long time.
    C3 is right about the fire hazard, not any more worry than ordinary cleaning product and paint cans exposed to heat if you have a fire.
     
  9. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I just keep all of mine stored in 50cal surplus ammo cans.That reminds me,I need to buy about 20 more.
    My local fire chief knows I have a large amount of ammo,powders,primers just in case everything starts burning around here again.I'd rather have it all burn,and keep the firefighters safe.
    That's what insurance policies are for!
     
  10. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    In an underground cargo container. In combloc sealed cans (surplus 7.62x54r)
     
  11. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    All this talk about ammo reminds me I should get busy with mine!
     
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  12. neilage66

    neilage66 New Member

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    As the kids say: *...if only! * or *...I wish! *

    Is Sarah Connor down there too? :p
     
  13. trip286

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    My Mom and Stepdad are preppers. Considering that I plan to bug out to their place in a SHTF situation, I thought it prudent to pre position some gear there. I've got 5 crates, 2 cans each, 880 rounds per crate. That's just what I have there, I have one more can under my bed. I've also got several packing crates of other all-around gear, clothes, MRE's, shoes, equipment, and such. I have to be honest, much of the gear was bought for me and my family kind of as a gift. My parents thought that since we plan on getting to their place, it would be a good idea to make sure we are well supplied, and since they have so much more money than I do, they did much of it for us. Of course that doesn't really count the equipment of the property in general, only the personal stuff.
     
  14. gutz47

    gutz47 New Member

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    pppssshhhhhtt.....nice folks.
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Have kids? :) I've got one, I'd give anything to make sure he's taken care of. My mom just feels the same way about her baby boy. And when their personal income is something like 3 times the median income for their area, they can afford to do it. They just got extremely lucky with jobs, no kind of trust funds, market playing, crazy saving or anything. Both of their jobs are pretty rough (Mom's a coal miner, Step dad is a maintenance contractor), and they do them well, and get well paid for it.
     
  16. gutz47

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    Oh no don't get me wrong, I will do anything for my boy. And that includes an education on the real world. My folks are in lala land. Yours seem like some real swell people. You got lucky my friend.
     
  17. trip286

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    Ha ha! No one could convince me otherwise! My mom's a saint, and getting ditched by my dad and meeting her new husband (12 years or so ago) was the best thing that happened to either one of us.
     
  18. hmh

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    Surplus ammo cans with silicone desacent. I saw a test several years ago where they threw live ammo in a fire the majority split the side of the case. I want to say of 1000 rounds only one or two came out with enuf force to do anything. Alot of fire departments will not go into a house if they know it has ammo. But for all intended purposes ammo cans with silicone desacent is safe, will keep your ammo in good condition, and is easy to tote/store.
     
  19. neilage66

    neilage66 New Member

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    It would seem you have a great family life and that is a valuable commodity.
    More power to you. :)
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Thanks, and yes I do. My real dad and uncle are about the only ones left alive on that side of the family, and I don't talk to either one (dad by choice, uncle by his choice because I won't have anything to do with my dad) But my mom's side of the family is huge, growing every day, and very tight.