Ammo Storage in a Safe?


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wyocarp
February 20, 2009, 06:30 PM
I hear of guys that don't have room for more guns in their safes because it is full of ammo. I'm wondering how many do this and to what degree.

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Lightninstrike
February 20, 2009, 06:34 PM
Shoot, I don't have room in the safe for ammo because of all the guns. :evil:

I am looking for a better solution for ammo storage than my spare bedroom. Tips are welcome. :p

Rembrandt
February 20, 2009, 06:39 PM
Just keep a box or two handy for the gun of the day....bulk of it is stored elsewhere.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/safeshelf1.jpg

CoRoMo
February 20, 2009, 07:14 PM
I keep most of my ammo in a chest of drawers.

dbarile
February 20, 2009, 07:20 PM
I store my guns in my gun safes & my ammo in my ammo safes.

I thought everybody did it that way.

esheato
February 20, 2009, 07:21 PM
I never understood why people would waste valuable safe space on ammo...

Unless they don't have enough guns.

Ed

Coyote_Hunter_
February 20, 2009, 07:23 PM
28 gun safe. Half for guns (full), half for ammo and other valuables (also full).

The ammo overflows into the closet and the garage...

ThrottleJockey
February 20, 2009, 08:15 PM
Ammo is as valuable as guns in this day and age. I store as much as will fit in the safe(RSC), but plan to purchase a lockable metal cabinet of some sort(stack on) on my next trip home. Most of it is rather unsecured in the closet.

blindhari
February 20, 2009, 08:35 PM
I believe in seperation of ammo and weapons, except for my concealed carry. I bought a heavy metal cabinet, put it in the garage, shot concrete nails through and into the floor, lag boted it to wall studs from the inside, put metal strips inside and bolted those to a beefd up lock to which I have the only key. My wife thought I was nuts. After loading the ammo in, I stenciled "PAINT" on the outside and flammable. Last touch was to add drips from a half dozen color paints to the cabinet and garage floor, then blow on some dust. Now my wife knew I was crazy. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER I SAW MY WIFE TRYING TO OPEN MY AMMO LOCKER. SHE WAS LOOKING FOR PAINT! After reminding her she thought I was crazy I opened the locker and she remembered. 21 years in that house and no one ever suspected ammo. Last time she called me nuts too.

wyocarp
February 20, 2009, 09:22 PM
I would consider the metal cabinet for ammo but with enough of us doing so, I'm sure some thief will stumble upon an open cabinet and then our cover will be blown.

TexasRedneck
February 20, 2009, 09:27 PM
Tell ya'll what - as soon as ya tell me how ta store 2500 rounds of .45, 2000 rounds of .40, 1000 of .357....ah, heck - let's put it this way - I've got a tad over 10,000 rounds of various ammo - ain't NO WAY I'm gonna take up that much room in the safe!

possum
February 20, 2009, 09:36 PM
i have too much ammo at any given time to ever fit in a safe, between reloads, factory, jhp's, rifle, shotgun ammo, loaded ar mags etc.
plus the guns are what needs to be secured imho.

rbernie
February 20, 2009, 10:00 PM
I was taught NEVER to store ammo in a safe; always keep it in cabinets that will not grenade in a fire. Wooden cabinets are required of commercial establishments.

Kind of Blued
February 20, 2009, 10:06 PM
Options 1, 2, and 3.

wyocarp
February 20, 2009, 10:15 PM
texasredneck, 10,000 rounds is adequate for some, but it is child's play for many on here. Personally, I'd be freaking out to get down to that amount.

TexasRedneck
February 20, 2009, 10:20 PM
Yessir - I hear ya. But I figger if I need more than that, it's time ta break out the long guns.

leadcounsel
February 20, 2009, 10:28 PM
How about a choice -

I would if I could but I don't have room....

crazy-mp
February 21, 2009, 12:39 AM
I have some ammo in my safe, mostly hard to find ammo and a few boxes to get me by should the need arise that I have to fight my way to my ammo supply :rolleyes: Most of mine is stored in ammo cans with tags so I know what is in each one, works great until you have 3 ammo cans full of one caliber and two cans full of nothing but overflow ammo (cheap ammo you cant pass up even when you already have 2500 rounds of a particular caliber) The ammo cans keep the ammo dry and air tight, works great for me!:D Or you could just get some PVC and burry it ;)

azhunter122
February 21, 2009, 12:46 AM
Well I put all of my guns in the safe and there is no room for ammo so I bought a fire safe from Wal-Mart and attempted to store it in there but I ran out of room! Anyways I started puting all of my ammo in 2 of my dresser drawers. I really would like to put away most of my ammo in the safe but I would have to have a bunch of ammo in different places so I am not really sure what I will do. I will take suggestions if anyone has any!

jakemccoy
February 21, 2009, 01:42 AM
My closet is like a safe room. My ammo is in there.

Desert Panther
February 21, 2009, 03:14 AM
I keep all my ammo in my safe. And like somebody earlier posted, it is likely because I dont have enough guns yet. But, to my credit, i got a big stinkin safe:)

I thought ammo inside the safe is a must, in the event the house burns, you wouldnt want the emergency responders or the neighbors to be getting assailed by burning shotgun rounds and whatnot. Am I crazy for thinking this? :confused:

BlacklabelOP
February 21, 2009, 03:18 AM
ammo caught in a fire will not penetrate sheet rock.. so yes.....crazy :neener:

don't believe me consult the mythbusters

Doc Rizzi
February 21, 2009, 03:22 AM
I don't store ammo in the gun safe. I reload enough for the next match and that stays in the locked wooden cabinet. The home defense ammo is already in the semi-auto and the shotgun. If I need more than that I am screwed.

Yosemite Sam
February 21, 2009, 04:01 AM
I would consider the metal cabinet for ammo but with enough of us doing so, I'm sure some thief will stumble upon an open cabinet and then our cover will be blown.

Tell ya'll what - as soon as ya tell me how ta store 2500 rounds of .45, 2000 rounds of .40, 1000 of .357....ah, heck - let's put it this way - I've got a tad over 10,000 rounds of various ammo - ain't NO WAY I'm gonna take up that much room in the safe!


This sounds crazy, but what about storing ammo in a coffin? It'd creep the hell out of most thieves...

wasr10owner
February 21, 2009, 05:15 AM
The only ammo in my safe is the buckshot in the shell holder on the stock of my Remington 870 Express.

moooose102
February 21, 2009, 07:30 AM
my ammo (well, most of it) is in the basement under my reloading bench. i would be afraid to put that much weight on the floor joists in my house.

erict
February 21, 2009, 01:32 PM
They replaced a vault at the local bank a couple of months ago. I bought it, had it transported to my home, and that is now for my guns , ammo, and valuables. Yeah, it cost me only $2300 for the safe, but, with transport, construction, etc... I have $8500 in it now, but I added $20,000 to my home value!!

That is sweet, do you have any pics of that set up? I want to do a big safe room when we build our next house in a couple of years.

I can't keep ammo in my safe because it's too full and there is too much ammo. I do keep most of my loaded mags in the safe with the exception of 10 or so AR mags. I keep about 8,000 rounds of various ammo sitting in my supply room in the basement.

chuckusaret
February 21, 2009, 10:31 PM
I use the large surplus military ammo cans, 22 cans total, on a concrete floor to store excess ammo.

chuckusaret
February 21, 2009, 10:37 PM
Just keep a box or two handy for the gun of the day....bulk of it is stored elsewhere.

I see you have mini 12 ga shot in the safe. I have experienced many problems with the mini shells in my Mossberg 935 and 500.

colorado_handgunner
February 21, 2009, 10:37 PM
Keep self defense rounds in the safe, the rest in a locked plastic toolbox. Cheap box, seals tight, can lock. Works great!

shadowalker
February 21, 2009, 10:42 PM
I wouldn't store ammunition in a safe, safes are designed to create an air tight seal when exposed to high temperatures.

The steel stack on cabinets are not air tight and make a great way to restrict access to ammunition, plus they are affordable.

Schuey2002
February 21, 2009, 11:42 PM
texasredneck, 10,000 rounds is adequate for some, but it is child's play for many on here. Personally, I'd be freaking out to get down to that amount.
I'd give my left kidney to have that amount of .223/9mm on hand.. :uhoh:

crazy-mp
February 22, 2009, 12:03 AM
I'd give my left kidney to have that amount of .223/9mm on hand

What blood type are you?....... Donít let that rusty scalpel scare you :evil:

EHL
February 22, 2009, 01:04 AM
I only keep my 50 cal BMG in my safe. Those suckers cost close to $5 a piece. All my other calibers, I keep a few SD rounds in my safe, but I keep most in my army 50 cal cans.

lamebums
February 22, 2009, 04:01 AM
Currently no safe, working on that. I figure a smaller one for now (while the collection is small). Eventually that collection will grow in size. When it does, I'll buy a new (and bigger) safe, and simply migrate the ammo to the smaller one.

The weight of the ammo should be enough to prevent even the smaller safe from going anywhere.

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