Ammunition Storage in zip lock bags?


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Birdmang
July 1, 2009, 02:03 PM
I keep my ammunition in an old WWII metal .30 cal box, similar to this but more original

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa109/1Topanga/ammo.jpg

Some of the boxes don't fit so I store the cartridges loose in zip lock bags.

Is this way of storage safe and alright?

Sorry for a dumb question, I just wasn't sure enough.

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maskedman504
July 1, 2009, 02:07 PM
Zip lock bags are as good as anything- the problem lies in not wanting to seal any moisture in the bag when you close them. I would put silica desicant gel in my ammo can or in my zip lock bags.

Birdmang
July 1, 2009, 02:15 PM
Can I throw in a package from a new box of shoes?

Those little pouches?

rcmodel
July 1, 2009, 02:21 PM
If your ammo can still has a good rubber lid seal no desicant is needed or necessary.

Mosture cannot get in unless it was already in there when you closed the lid.

GI ammo is not packed with desicant when it is manufactured, and it travels all over the world in every kind of weather.

I use Zip-Locks and ammo cans, and have reloaded ammo stored that way still like the day I put it there 30 years ago.

rc

Oro
July 1, 2009, 04:49 PM
Mosture cannot get in unless it was already in there when you closed the lid.

That photo reminds me - my other 1/2 is into geocaching, and .30 Cal. ammo cans are the favorite storage medium. We do this in the western WA Cascade foothills mostly. We pull these cans out from under tree stumps that have been there for years, in one of the wettest climates in the US. Nothing inside is ever wet or ruined - even fragile little bound notebooks that have been in there for years.

Now imagine how well these things will do in your roofed garage!

bearcreekoutpost
July 1, 2009, 06:06 PM
for carry to the range ziplocs are ok .for long term storage use the ammo cans. here in central fla humidity is definately an issue . i have had unprotected ammo start to rust in less than a year. the cans are deterent to little ones also.

TheFallGuy
July 1, 2009, 06:17 PM
I'd skip th oxygen/moisture absorbers from shoes (or beef jerky for that matter). You can buy em in bulk and I do for food storage (I am a survival nut job who keeps a years worth of food on hand for a rainy day). But they only really work for a few minutes before they expire. The idea is the package must be air tight, then they take care of the left over moisture and air inside. Most of the surplus ammo cans today aren't really all that air tight.

The main thing about ammo storage is a cool, dry place. I have used 5 year old ammo with no problems but I keep them in my basement in surplus ammo cans. My basement is pretty dry as I have a dehumidifier in my closet because I also keep my guns in there (except for a shotgun/pistol for HD).

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