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Loose Ammo Storage

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by hoghunter82, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

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    Bulk ammo is forcing my safe to nearly overflow. Most of my ammo is 2 different brands of 9mm. It's the boxes that take up most of the space. Any of you guys just empty your boxes into an ammo can? Do you put the ammo in a plastic bag first or just dump it in the can? My concern would be the bare ammo up against the can. I would save a TON of space if I could get rid of the boxes. Anyone throw a few drops of quality oil in the ammo box or bag first? Sorry for the crazy questions but I am simply out of space!


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  2. elliotb33

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    I dump my 22lr bulk in a big plastic ziplock bag don't zip it and have it in an ammo can with some desiccant.
     

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  3. RustyShackelford

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    Question about bulk-pack ammo that is unrelated to total space taken up: do you ever wonder/think/worry about bullet setback because of the cramming into the boxes?
     
  4. Kentguy

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    Hoghunter82,

    The biggest threat to ammo, powder & primers are moisture! I think elliotb33 has the right idea; "I dump my 22lr bulk in a big plastic ziplock bag don't zip it and have it in an ammo can with some desiccant."

    I little trick... just before you seal up that zip lock baggie all the way, place a straw in the corner, suck out as much air from the baggie as you can, pull the straw and seal it up tight. With a desiccant packet inside the baggie and all that in an ammo can, you should be able to keep that ammo good for decades... no kidding.

    Pick up desiccant packets at Azamon.com

    Rustyshackelford,

    It is possible... but not likely. A long time (40+ years) reloader friend of mine does this all the time and has for decades. He as tested this and found very very little if any movement on 9mm, 38 Special and 45 ACP rounds that he as in storage. More likely to have this type of bullet movement from Hotter rounds fired from a semi-auto pistol. However even with HOT 10mm rounds I have have almost no bullet movement.

    Once again anything is possible but I don't see storing ammo in bulk as a problem at all.

    Just my 2 cents
     
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  5. RustyShackelford

    RustyShackelford > OD Glock 32

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    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  6. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

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    Thanks for the info. I did a little more research on the topic. Seems like if you just keep the ammo loose in an ammo can with a desiccant pack it should be fine. Not sure if the ziplock bag is necessary according to much of what I'm reading on the interwebs.
    Although, I'm thinking of using the ziplocks to separate the brands in one ammo can. So I'll throw a desiccant pack in each baggie.
    Thanks again!

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  7. unit1069

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    I just keep all my ammo in a cool, dry storage area on a shelf. I'm really not worried about it deteriorating as long as it never comes into contact with hot, high humidity conditions, standing water, or contact with oil or some other contaminate.
     
  8. jfost11

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    This is off topic but, I went to school with a genius that decided to store his .22LR under the passenger seat of his Ranger. And no, it wasn't in any kind of secure container that prevented it from getting loose and rolling into, hmm, let's say the seat track. I rolled the seat up to let someone out of the back. When I was trying to push the seat fully back I met resistance and gave a good push followed by a BANG. I grabbed my crotch, felt everything that was there when I left the house and thought, thank God!
     
  9. SCmasterblaster

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    I can't keep any ammunition in my car at all. I go to a VA hospital too often.
     
  10. Warp

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    I sure do. Boxes take up too much room. Larger quantities of practice ammo are often stored in bulk.

    9mm dumped into ammo cans. You can get around 1,200 rounds into a .30 can

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  11. M 7

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    Whooeee!

    Those have gotta weigh what? ~35 pounds each? :whistling:

    Bet it'd be very hard to lift a .50-cal. ammocan filled like that. :shocked:
     
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  12. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    They aren't too heavy. I use .30 cans almost exclusively because, as you imply, a loose packed .50 would be unwieldy due to weight.
     
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  13. mikeflys1

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    I do the same with 5.56 cans and those will take 2k rounds nicely.
     
  14. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    With what cans?

    The .30 cans will hold about ~650 rounds of 5.56.
     
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  15. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 Pastafarian

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    Sorry, that could've been a bit more clear. I store all my loose 9mm in 5.56 cans and those ones will hold 2k rounds.