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Ammo cans??
« on: October 07, 2008, 06:16:08 PM »
Is it good enough to just throw ammo in a can and call it good? Or should I put a desiccant in there with it? Or is there another way of storing long term?
I have only come across some defunct ammo(.06) my grandpa had on a shelf that was from WWII.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 07:16:07 PM »
I've got several cans of ammo stored with the desiccant tossed in just for good measure. I figure it cant hurt.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 08:23:41 PM »
I just store my ammo in the cans, but I am not going for long term storage.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 09:43:44 PM »
It will not hurt to throw some in. Make sure the gasket is intact, then throw it in the closet and forget about it. I have personally shot WW2 ammo that was left in a sock drawer for 60 years, and it worked.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2008, 02:58:46 PM »
I store my bulk ammo in cans without any special preparation. I expect it to last my lifetime in decent storage conditions.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 08:40:25 PM »
I have had some .223 in a can that I reloaded almost 20 years ago.  It's still fine.  A mistake I made was to put paper between each row of cases and line them up alternating so I could get the most cases in (and neatly).  The acid in the paper turned the cases dull--they still work fine but don't look so nice.

Just stored in the ammo can (no dessicant) in my basement workshop.  Cool and dry, except for a couple of plumbing problems.  The can kept everything dry.

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009, 06:20:01 PM »
I store all my reloads in ammo cans and have had no issues so far. If I am storing long term I inspect the rubber gasket and use a Q-Tip to apply Vaseline as extra insurance to keep water out.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009, 05:57:46 AM »


My reloads go in loose. You can usually find the best prices on Ebay, but watch for shipping costs.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 07:19:10 AM »
schild,

You are my hero!   ;)

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009, 10:26:48 AM »
Now THAT'S an ammo cache!  Nicely done!

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 11:36:33 AM »
Definately get some dessicate. My Grandpa started reloading .30-06, .257 Roberts, and .38/.357 back in the 50's and used .50 cal cans to store all his stuff - with no moisture protection. Shelf life in an ammo can, without dessicate, was on average about 15 to 20 years. With dessicate, which he started to use in the mid to late 70's, shelf life is so far indefinate.

With ammo being so expensive - why wouldnt' you spend a few extra dollars to protect it?

A cheap form of dessicate can be made from silica gel kitty litter in a cloth bag - or something like an old sock, if money is super tight.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 11:41:16 AM »
There was a thread on this: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1879.0.

I ended up throwing some rust inhibitor chips (about 3) into my ammo cans.  Here they are:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=376996

I can't say for sure that they will help, but 200 chips were about a dime apiece. 

I clean my ammo cans and make sure the rubber seal is good.  That's probably enough.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2009, 08:49:25 PM »


My reloads go in loose. You can usually find the best prices on Ebay, but watch for shipping costs.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2009, 05:36:57 PM »


My reloads go in loose. You can usually find the best prices on Ebay, but watch for shipping costs.

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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2009, 04:40:00 PM »


My reloads go in loose. You can usually find the best prices on Ebay, but watch for shipping costs.

DANG!!!   :)

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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2009, 04:44:40 PM »
I'd split that wonderful stash up. Hate to see it all lost at one time for whatever reason.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2009, 06:11:05 PM »
Add the desiccant can't hurt. Armygear.net is a good source for ammo cans at a decent price.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2009, 07:26:08 PM »


My reloads go in loose. You can usually find the best prices on Ebay, but watch for shipping costs.

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Re: Ammo cans??
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2009, 07:29:16 PM »
+1 schild, that is awesome!