View Full Version : Storing ammo

April 2, 2009, 01:15 PM
What is the proper way to store ammo long term? are military ammo cans all that is neaded or should there be some kind of desiccant with it to control moisture, I recently picked up a sks with about a thousand rounds for $150 I don't plan on shooting it much soon but I couldn't turn down that kind of deal and don't have any experiance storing ammo long term.

April 2, 2009, 01:47 PM
Neither do I, but I do know that just as with guns you want to keep them in as dry a place as possible. If you live anywhere in the eastern U.S. or on a coast you may have problems. Guns store better because you can clean and oil them. Can't really do that with ammo.

April 3, 2009, 01:46 PM
An ammo can with the silica gel packs are a good start.

April 3, 2009, 02:09 PM
I've always wondered the same, good responses.

Actually, I have always wondered what the best way to store ammo in case of fire. For example, apartments go up all the time, if you have your ammo in your apartment and a fire starts elsewhere but spreads to yours, are the firefighters going to have to face flames that shoot back? Will you be liable for anyone getting hurt?

April 3, 2009, 03:40 PM
I use military ammo cans and desiccant gel packs. You can get a big bag of them cheap on ebay.

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April 3, 2009, 04:58 PM
Interesting question about a fire. I am a fireman in a larger US city, and it happened to me. I was on the first engine to arrive at a residential fire a year ago or so, where we heard ammo shots going off inside. Building fires are actually quite loud when you get up close and inside. But, discharging rounds is a very distinctive sound, and even with all the adrenalin pumping, it gives one reason to pause when you recognize what that noise is.

It's hard to speak for all firemen out there, and being a gun enthusiast, when I hear ammo explosions from inside a building that has a ripping fire going, I am very cautious. The bullets just popping off don't scare me, they are like a firecracker, but, when you have bullets going off like that, the likelihood of a gun being stored inside with a round in the chamber is much higher. I AM afraid of that. Sure enough, when we were doing the mop-up, we found an AK, with a mag attached, and rounds in it.... We were lucky, those rounds did not go off.

In that example, in a fire, the way the heat spreads, if you have a loaded gun, the rounds in the clip are exposed to more heat quicker than the one in the chamber, and thus they will likely discharge before the one in the chamber. So, in that scenario, you'd have ONE that went off while in the chamber, (as the others in the clip are already discharged) sending a projectile down the barrel with the same velocity as if it was purposefully fired. For every chambered bolt action or semi-auto firearm in the fire, there is the potential for one round to exit the bbl in a fashion that can very deadly. Revolvers, depending on the design can have more.

April 3, 2009, 05:09 PM
My home burned down in 2003, inside were about a dozen ammo cans filled with alot of reloads and many of them went off. The ammo cans contained all the rounds that went off. The firemen who responded told us that the are much less worried about the individual rounds, only being worried about the ones chambered.

April 6, 2009, 03:38 PM
Thanks guys!

That makes sense. I'll make sure to get some of those nice milsurp cans and to be careful about chambering rounds.

April 6, 2009, 03:48 PM
Wow, never thought of the chambered rounds, good point. I'll definetly keep that in mind with my HD firearms.

April 7, 2009, 11:59 PM
Been vac sealing rounds for long term hope it keeps them till their needed. Alex

April 8, 2009, 09:58 AM
Shoot the stuff so I can find some on the store shelf.

On a more serious note-It is my understanding that military ammo has both bullet and primer sealants. I recently used some carbine M1 that approached 50 years of age.