How and Where to Store Ammo

How and Where to Store Ammo

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How and Where to Store Ammo - The first rule is: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Divide the ammo you have between 2-3 locations. This not only reduces the hazard but ensures you always have a reserve in case something bad happens to one batch.
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Why Stock Up on Ammo?

Crisis does not come with a warning, and new legislative measures can be passed almost overnight. A survival situation has no mercy. Also, the Government will not give you a grace period to fill your basement with ammo

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before they ban it.

Even natural economic evolution like inflation and rising prices are good enough reasons to keep a decent pile of bullets in your perimeter.  Properly stored, ammo can keep its properties and value for decades.

Ammo Safety Guidelines

Since ammunition is the essential and dangerous part of guns, it should be treated with respect and following strict safety rules. Keep in mind that the gun powder can be toxic, flammable and hazardous. Therefore, all ammo should be stored away from children and pets, in safe, hard to open containers.

It is tempting to put bullets in the gun safe and lock it up, but that is just a ticking time-bomb. The ammo can explode and destroy both the container and the weapons, even set the house on fire. Store it in high places or better, under lock. Make sure those areas are also pet free. You would not want to see your dog chewing on your bullet case or your cat toying with a .45 cartridge.

If you want to know more about ammunition, we recommend this guide.

Where to Store Ammo?

The first rule is: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Divide the ammo you have between 2-3 locations. This not only reduces the hazard but ensures you always have a reserve in case something bad happens to one batch. For example, if one place is affected by humidity and heat, rendering the bullets unusable, you will thank yourself for having another stash in a different location.

Be extra careful about the temperature and humidity conditions of the areas you choose. A cool, dry place is best. That rules out some of the obvious choices like your car and your moldy basement unless you take precaution measures.

High temperature (over 150 F) can permanently damage ammo. Repeated variations, like those you would expect in your car’s trunk, can also convert a “bang” to a mere “click.”  Try to keep ammunition in a place that has constant, room-temperature.

Humidity is your biggest enemy, as it can cause bullets to rust, or prone the primer to corrosion.  Make sure you take the ammo out of the cardboard packaging it comes in. Design anti-humidity solutions that protect your bullets. You can put the ammo in Tupperware with Silica gel (those packets you find in shoe boxes) to absorb moisture. Another idea is to just buy canned ammo from Russia or Eastern Europe. Usually, metal boxes as those used by NATO are the best option, just make sure you check them regularly to avoid rusting. Restrain from putting ammo in the ground without proper humidity control, or you are just wasting good bullets.

Final Thoughts

The role of guns is to protect your loved ones from danger, not expose them to it, so make sure all ammo is out of the children’s reach. Regularly check and replace your ammo, by using the oldest for training purposes.

Regarding the quantity you need, a good rule of thumb is at least 6 magazines for rifles and 3  per handgun. However, just think of ammo as an investment and get as much as you can, without falling for deals that are too good to be true.

Author Bio

This article was graciously submitted to us by Chris Browning. Chris is a veteran and the founder and editor at Gun News Daily. This site was originally started by his father who passed it on to Chris. Gun News Daily has been reporting on gun news and conservative politics since 2001. We are the original gun news source. Life-long Second Amendment Supporter.

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