Storing Ammo Tips | Guns & Ammo
We all need ammunition and a way to store it properly. It doesn’t matter if you have hundreds of rounds or thousands of rounds…the procedures for storing your ammunition is the same.
1. Find an Appropriate Container
The U.S. military got it right with the standard .30 and .50 caliber ammo cans. They have been around for a long time and will work very well for you. You can pick one up at your local military surplus store for a decent price. When you are buying them be sure to inspect every can for structural integrity. You want to be sure to check the condition of the rubber seal under the top lid to be sure that they stay air tight. If you don’t want the military ammo cans be sure to choose a container that works best for you.
2. Keep Your Ammo Dry
You want to protect your ammo from the corrosive effects of moisture. To do so you can use regular silica gel packets or the rechargeable silica gel dehumidifier. The rechargeable silica gel dehumidifier will actually cover 3 square feet of area, but you might want to throw one in each canister to be sure.
3. Label Your Ammo
You will always want to know what you are getting so you don’t accidentally grab the wrong ammo. When labeling you want to put down the purpose of the ammo (ex. Defensive, Hunting, Range), the quantity (ex. 500 rounds), the weight/characteristics (ex. 230 grain, hollow points), caliber/make (ex. .45 ACP by Speer Gold Dot) and the date it was stored (ex. March 17, 2015). You can place this info on all sides of the can so that no matter where it is you can see what is inside.
4. Use a dehumidifier
Run a dehumidifier in the room where your ammo and gear is stored for one hour and then off for a half hour 24/7, 365 days a year. Check up on reviews for the best dehumidifier out there.
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