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Old December 3, 2000, 12:33 PM   #1
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I'm getting to the point that I do not have enough boxes for my reloads. I looked at midway and they have boxes but I really don't want to spend that money if I don't have to.
Can I store the ammo in bulk in a Plastic ammo box for extended periods of time. I estimate each box will hold 5000+ rounds in 9MM .44 and .45 I have plenty of cool dry storage area in the house.
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Old December 3, 2000, 12:38 PM   #2
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Absolutely, there is no reason that the ammo has to be individually boxed. As long as you store the ammo in an environment that you are comfortable living in, it will probably outlive you. I see bulk ammo sold all the time loose in an ammo box, and I've never heard that it had any effect on the ammo...
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Old December 3, 2000, 01:14 PM   #3
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Dole out your ammo into some small freezer bags. Throw in a VPI chip if you want, and place them flat and smoothly into your plastic ammo box. I like to mark each bag with a count and date. That's what I've done for years now. Store in a cool dry place, NOT in the oven!
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Old December 3, 2000, 04:40 PM   #4
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I use GI ammo cans for my excess ammo.

I would recommend AGAINST the VPI chip, thought, for extended storage. I've seen some reports that say that the vapors from the VPI can cause primer problems after awhile.

True or not? Beats me.

I use silica gel packs in my ammo cans.
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Old December 3, 2000, 05:10 PM   #5
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I store all my reloads loose in 30 cal ammo cans, then I put four of the 30's into the big 20mm cans for easier stacking. Never had any problem with any of the ammo and some of it has been around in that condition for over twelve years.
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Old December 3, 2000, 06:51 PM   #6
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I store mine in 3# coffee cans. I can holds about 500 .45 acp.
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Old December 3, 2000, 11:00 PM   #7
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Ammo Storage

I must have over a hundred plastic 50rd ammo boxes in various colors and styles cause that's the way I stored my reloads. They're all empty and just taking up space. Now I store my ammo in .50 caliber GI cans. Each can holds 1250 .45ACPs. When I go to the range, I transfer them to .30 caliber cans. I ain't as young or strong as I used to be.
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Old December 4, 2000, 12:32 AM   #8
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I have the 50 and 100 round ammo boxes, too. Now relegated to range trips. Also makes it easy to count ammo for range and match trips.
Ammo is stored in in plastic boxes and 30 caliber ammo cans. I found a bunch of matching plastic boxes with lids at the 99 cent store. I buy them ten or so at a time.
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Old December 4, 2000, 01:37 AM   #9
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I feel REAL bad....I'm using 40mm cans for 45acp and 7.62mm. That doesn't count the varied 30cal and 50cal cans lying around with everything else in 'em. I KNEW there was something wrong with me....
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