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Long Term Ammo Storage

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by duffman77087, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. duffman77087

    duffman77087 Former Guest

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    Hey Everyone,
    I have been saving & reloading ammo for better & more consistent loads. I have also been saving a bit of it for a "shtf" moment. Well what I want to know is ammo safe to store in a 50 Cal. can by itself or do you need to store them in plastic boxes then in the ammo can? Also do I need to dab a bit of nail polish on the primers & around the case & bullet before I put them up? I live in Houston, Texas and it is humid most of the year here, but they are kept inside the spare bedroom.
  2. The Duke

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    Living in Houston, I know you have a good AC...:) Kept inside, cool and dry they will outlast you...Ive soom hoarded stuff Ive had for 30 years or more and it shoots just fine...+ it wasnt stored in optimun conditions, but outside in my shop...Hot in Summer and cold in Winter...Still works..
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    I live in TX too, and I just stick em in the ammo boxes. I have boxes of ammo that are over 20yrs old!
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    Up here in the High Plains, it is dryer than a popcorn fart, I have stuff that I loaded in the mid 70's and it's still good. I do keep it stored in GI ammo cans, got bunches of them stored in a guest room closet, some in the basement. Texas ain't all humid and hot....
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    I keep mine stored in GI ammo cans which are made to seal out the elements.
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    we've ammo here (.303) that was bought bulk surplus after WW1 and stored in a mine (high and dry) and its good today ..

    i packed some for "in case", a plastic box a silica gel pack inside with the ammo when sealed turned upside down and hit it with a hot glue gun and sealed it tight , that'll last 100 years i expect , longer than i will ;)
  7. duffman77087

    duffman77087 Former Guest

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    What about the nail polish on the primers & case neck?
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    I don't and have had no problems.
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    i have done that and it works well!!! Left it sit in a class of water over night and it fired just fine.
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    +1 on that. WWII surplus ammo cans. 50 cal as well as 30 cal cans.
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    All good to know. I was watching this thread because I had the same concern. Thanks for the answers.
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    I recently acquired an old mauser that has been rebarreled in .244 With it a also acquired about 200 rounds of reloaded ammo with dates on the boxes in the mid 70's. I think I will pull the bullets and salvage the brass without trying someone elses recipes with that much age on them.
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    I think that this would be a really good idea if you expecting to get your ammo wet, say a flood or something like that. Otherwise, I don't see a need for sealing the primers, and case neck.
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    I have Korean surplus and it shoots great. I have not had a misfire. It is 30-06 and 30 Carbine. So I guess if it kept dry it will last longer than we will be here.
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