handgun ammo storage


August 6, 2010, 09:18 PM
Is there any reason not to store large quantity of 38 Spl ammo loosely in a cardboard box?
Or should I buy those plastic ammo holders that separate each round in its individual hole?

If you enjoyed reading about "handgun ammo storage" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
August 6, 2010, 09:45 PM
I've been storing them loose in heavy plastic bags for years and never had any problems.

August 6, 2010, 09:48 PM

August 6, 2010, 10:14 PM
I store loose rounds by the thousands in ammo cans and put them into plastic baggies to take to the range. I don't truck my handloads around the country in the back of a truck, so loose packing works just fine.

August 6, 2010, 10:23 PM
I store my 9MM in tupperware containers--about 250 cartridges per plastic container.
I take the container to the range--never had a problem. 38spl, 357 mag, M-1 carbine-stored same way.
Rifle cartridges I store in Midway 50 rds. foam boxes.
Shotgun shells in Midway 25rd. boxes.............

August 6, 2010, 10:25 PM
Absolutely nothing wrong with it, assuming you use reasonable safety in handling. Which goes the same for the MTM caseguard boxes, too.

August 7, 2010, 05:13 AM
I see no problem with using plastic bags.

August 7, 2010, 06:12 AM
The reloading store that I used to frequent always sold their ammo in baggies.

August 7, 2010, 07:08 AM
I store a lot of bulk ammo in ammo cans and coffee cans. Both work just fine.

Hondo 60
August 7, 2010, 11:05 AM
It really depends on what you do with finished rounds. If you put 'em loose in a box or bag & put it on the shelf, yes it's perfectly OK.

If they're gonna get jostled around a bit, then it'd probably be better to put 'em in a nice little storage box.

I use the storage boxes more for aesthetics than to protect the rounds.

August 7, 2010, 12:47 PM
I think it is fine, but I consider it a step in my process to inspect the primer for each round. Putting them in the box with the primers up gives you an easy check of all the primers so that you can check for high primrs, upside down, or even somthing with an OAL problem. I also once found a .380 in with my 9mm that way...

August 8, 2010, 01:16 PM
for plinking rounds I think its fine. If you're doing target comp. and you have spent hours reloading it you would probably want a plastic box to protect your ammo a little more. If you are teaching noobs to shoot and you have something like a 380 and 9mm side by side you might want to use different color plastic boxes to show they are different. I use different color boxes so my wife can get the right ammo the first time. The boxes don't cost to much if you order them with your bullets over time you will have plenty of them. The other reason I use them is to keep the number of loaded rounds down to a maximum number. I overloaded last year and boy were my kids happy. I was handing out 800 40s&w and 900 9mm. It also allowed me to purge the old off color boxes out of my hands.

If you enjoyed reading about "handgun ammo storage" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!