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Storing .22lr bulk packs?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by emt1581, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I have between a two and three dozen of the bulk .22lr packs. Some are Remington Subsoniics and most of the rest are Federal.

    Anyways, I've pretty much run out of storage space and they'll have to start going down the basement or in a closet somewhere. Only problem is, unlike typical 50rd. centerfire pistol boxes, these boxes are basically cubes. I can't fit very many into ammo cans and it usually ends up wasting space.

    Other than stacking them, how do yall store these bulk packs?

    Pics would be great!

    Thanks!

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  2. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    I only do what I am about to say with my .22 ammo bulk packs. I usually just open them up and dump them all into the same ammo can. They are all mixed together then, but I currently have about 2,500-3,000 rounds in a single smaller ammo can.

    I have not had any issues with doing this, but I still do store all of my centerfire ammo in the factory boxes inside of the larger .50 cal ammo cans.
     

  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I didn't even think of that. I was thinking more along the lines of a duffel bag or rubbermaid bin...but I really like the idea of just dumping it all in. Then when I want to go to the range I could either take that one ammo can or just grab a few handfulls and put them in a plastic shopping bag.

    Only downside to the dumping method is if you ever want to sell or barter the ammo. Sealed boxes would be MUCH easier to move than loose rounds.

    Also, does being exposed to the air/interior of the can harm the rounds in any way? Over time?? ... compared to keeping them in the sealed packs?

    Thanks!

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  4. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    You are very right about selling/trading sealed boxes easier. I only do it that way because I have no intention on getting rid of any of it.

    I have never had an issue with storing them this way. Other than the occasional dud you get in a bulk pack, all of them have shot fine and I have never noticed any condensation or anything else foreign inside of the can.

    I usually just do what you mentioned. Whenever I want to go shoot some .22, I just dump however many I want into a few old RX bottles with the child safety caps or into some ziplock baggies.

    It has always worked very well for me. I am sure there are other methods that might work easier/better, but that is just the way I have always done it.:wavey:
     
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    I use filing cabinets to store my ammo. So I just put the bulk packs in the filing cabinet in the basement.
     
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    emt,

    I can't check right now to be 100% sure, but I think you can fit a few bricks pretty nicely in a .30 caliber can.
     
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    mitchshrader Deceased

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    I've got bulk .22LR in small sturdy coolers, the size that'll hold 2-3 six packs. They're less noticed than ammo cans and considering I yard sale 'em, probably cheaper too. I do top off the bulk boxes first, with ammo from the same purchase. Usually I can get a 6th one split between 5, and the coolers hold 10-15 boxes.
     
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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I dunno, I think the loose rounds in the ammo can makes the most sense for me at this point. Just don't like having to open the boxes up.

    Thanks for the replies, keep them coming!!:)

    -Emt1581
     
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    EMT,
    I have some old .22's from the early 80's that I checked on last month, well I kinda forgot about them really. I did notice that the lead (old cheap Thunderbolt) has a bit of oxidization on them after all the years however I shot about 400 or so of the 3k I have from that decade and they all fired fine and were as accurate I they ever were. They were just plunked down in 50cal ammo boxes in the original bricks and the cans were closed, the labels were just marker and had faded over time.

    BTW the price on the bricks was $9.99 and considering that was 1982 money today's price seems a bargain.
     
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    I don't have a hoard of .22lr ammo yet because I only bought a .22lr pistol a few months ago.

    But I have been asking the ladies where I work to save the big plastic Folgers coffee containers when they're empty. I have a couple thousand 9mm and .357sig casings I've saved for the day I learn to reload.

    When I get that hoard of .22lr ammo this Spring I'm going to use the plastic Folgers containers to store the ammo. The top seals right up and when you need to pick one up the indentations make it easy to get a good grip.

    What I'm talking about.
     
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    Those are great for storing brass on the reloading bench, get as many as you can.


    Good call
     
  12. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I would add a little twist.
    Put the cartons in, and then fill around them with loose bullets.
    This way you can something to trade and you are not taking up extra space.

    BTW, I prefer the old bricks of ammo. It was so easy to hand out 50 rounds.
     
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    Those works great for empty cases when reloading. My wife is the coffee drinker. ;)

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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    All of my Rem. Subs. are like that. And now they even shrink wrap them!!

    That's an idea with the empty space...I like it!

    I'm thinking I can store a few boxes and then, opening one box at a time, have close to no wasted space. One concern I have would be how fragile .22lr ammo is. That is, should the boxes shift, the bullets could get bent in the case or snapped off altogether.

    Also, this would take a LOT of ammo cans to make work. I have large and small but still, I'd be able to fit 6-8 boxes tops in the large can and 2-3 boxes in a small can. I could spare maybe one of each but that's it. I'm basically out of ammo cans. :faint:

    Thanks for the idea though. I'll probably do that with at least one of the cans.

    -Emt1581
     
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    Howdy,

    I just stack them on my wooden shelf where i keep all my ammo. Since they are in square boxes, they are easy to stack.

    Paul
     
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    Most go thru my S&W 22a AMMO PROCESSOR:whistling:
    The rest I store in 2 lb plastic coffee cans-they stack nice
    Great for dry noodles, Buckwheat pancake mix, and smaller brass also
    Good place to stash a g27 also:whistling: if no kids are around
     
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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    If you were hauling it around in the back of a truck for the next year shooting a little to make more space, maybe, maybe that could be an issue. Otherwise it is not an issue.
     
  18. KiloBravo

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    :rofl:That is great! I will have to keep that in mind for future range trips.:supergrin: