Tips For Proper Ammunition Storage

Tips For Proper Ammunition Storage
July 9, 2012 John
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Ammunition is generally designed to withstand most types of typical storage conditions. However, there are some ways that you can protect your ammunition and prevent many of the common issues with degradation that can occur with incorrect storage problems. Knowing what these are and how to prevent them ensures that you save money on having to replace damaged ammunition and that your ammunition is in good condition to actually use when you need it.
How Long Can Ammo Last?
Generally any ammunition produced since the end of the second World War has a very long shelf life. This is because ammunition is very resistant to most types of degradation. However, it still does happen. It is a good ideal to visually inspect the ammo before use, particularly if the box or container that it has been stored in shows signs of mold, mildew or water damage. Look for signs of rust, discoloration or damage to the entire cartridge. Generally try to buy ammunition on a regular basis rather than store ammo for long periods of time to avoid any possible issues. Storing from one to two years is typically very safe but longer than that may require close inspection before firing any rounds.
Designed and Manufactured To Last
Ammunitions companies, even those that are smaller family owned businesses, design and manufacture ammunition to last for years even in less than perfect storage conditions. This means that you don’t have to provide highly specialized types of storage for your ammo, but if you take just a few simple precautions you can extend the life and the safety of the ammunition for years to come.
Keep in mind that most ammunition is also used by the military. When sold to private citizens it is labeled differently but still has to meet the same exacting standards. This is important for safety and reliability for firing under a range of different temperatures and conditions during military exercises as well as private use.
Keep The Moisture Away
Keeping ammunition dry is critical. This means avoiding storage in any areas where seepage or flooding can occur. Often keeping ammo in a closet on a high shelf will avoid this problem. Do not store ammo on the floor, in the basement or in any area of the home where water damage has occurred in the past.
Store the ammo in the original container in a waterproof container such as an ammo can.
Waterproof ammo storage containers are available at most sporting goods stores, gun shows or through a military surplus outlet and are sealed with a gasket on the lid in order to keep out humidity. Humidity can be removed from the air in the ammo can or contained by using a dehumidifier or by adding a couple of desiccant packets that are used in many types of packaging.
If you have a gun safe and live in an area with high humidity you will typically have a dehumidifier in the safe. You can place the cartridges in the ammo can or container with the packing for a few days. Leave the container open and unsealed to draw out any possible moisture. Then seal the can or container and mark the date on the exterior. Some people use PVC pipe that is sealed at both ends as a low cost storage method. This does not rust and makes a safe way to store ammo.
Typically households that are kept at a constant temperature are the best option for ammunition storage. Cold or hot climates themselves are not a concern but rather the dramatic changes in humidity in the air that can lead to degradation of the casing.
Safety in ammunition storage is also a major factor. Ammunition should be purchased and stored in compliance with the laws of your state, which can and do change from time to time. Staying on top of any legal requirements will ensure that you have no difficult with your weapon and ammo storage now or in the future.

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