How do you store your ammo?


January 17, 2013, 04:55 PM
I have a high quality gun safe where I store my guns and mags. To make it heavier, I also store bullets I use for reloading.

I've been told that storing ammo, primers, and gunpowder inside is not a good idea.

So...where to store those?

Buying another full-sized gun safe really isn't an option for cost reasons. Right now I store them in a locked wooden cabinet, which prevents unauthorized access and perhaps smash-and-grab, though nowhere near the same protection as a safe.

I guess I'm not too worried about fire protection from a replacement point of view, though I'd hate for some irresponsibility on my part to needlessly endanger a firefighter's life.

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January 17, 2013, 05:05 PM
...I've been told that storing ammo, primers, and gunpowder inside is not a good idea...

To the best of my knowledge this isn't a problem provided the temp/humidity are appropriate.

Now if you mean fire and the like agreed if you have alternate arrangement capability (I do not).

January 17, 2013, 05:53 PM
At one time I worked at an occupation where we employed explosives, and industry standard dictates that it is never acceptable to store detonators of any type with explosives of any type for the obvious reasons. I store primers in a gun safe and powder in a padlocked steel locker in a different corner of the same room. As Murphy's Law seems to rule many aspects of my life, I mitigate it where I can.

January 17, 2013, 06:00 PM
In my 30 round mag.

January 17, 2013, 06:05 PM
SAAMI has specifications for safe storage of powder and primers. Generally, heavy wooden cabinets. Check the specifications for the details.

I store my ammunition in a cool, dry location in military ammunition cans.

January 17, 2013, 06:23 PM
^^^^ Ditto. In a climate controlled area I have manageable quantities in Zip-Loc freezer bags inside 40MM and Fat 50 military ammo cans.

January 17, 2013, 06:52 PM
There is a room down at the barn that used to be a tack room for horse gear. It is well insulated and stays about the same temperature all year (cool/dry). I store my ammo and reloading supplies (primers/powder) in there.


January 17, 2013, 08:32 PM
I store in the house in a locker by the safe. Indoors has the highest security and the best temperature/humidity control.

January 17, 2013, 08:45 PM
In my ammo locker in the arms room...............

January 17, 2013, 08:50 PM
Ammo cans and magazines.

we are not amused
January 17, 2013, 09:27 PM
The point is not to store ammunition or powder in a sealed metal container.

In case of a fire hot enough to detonate the ammunition, the sealed container would cause the ammunition to detonate simultaneously, instead of separately, this would cause an explosion.

Ammunition and or powder, (or large amounts of primers) should be stored in a container that is not air tight and fire resistant. Military ammunition containers should not be used to store large amounts of ammunition inside an inhabited structure.

My ammunition is stored in the original cardboard and plastic containers they were shipped in except for the Eastern Europe military surplus in sealed metal cans. The cardboard and plastic containers are in my basement on selves, the sealed metal surplus containers are in the garage. Only a small amount of open cases are in the metal military ammunition boxes, and they are stored in the garage. Ready use ammunition is stored in the gun magazines with the weapons they fit, and does not constitute more than fifty rounds per gun, usually less. ( generally, three magazines per gun, I am not looking at a long or extended gun fight).

The garage is locked and ammunition is stored in a large locked metal tool box, that is not sealed or airtight.

Yes theoretically, it is vulnerable to theft, but then so are my hand and power tools, computers, televisions, various antiques and other valuable personal items. Most of my guns are in a gun safe, except for my ready access weapons, which are concealed and loaded.

January 17, 2013, 09:48 PM
50cal ammo cans. They run you about $25 each and are water and air tight.

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January 17, 2013, 09:49 PM
I do keep a lot of ammo in my gun safe because of the shear value it now commands.
I am really thinking about one of those small orange colored Rigid contractors tool boxes sold at Home Depot for $200 but in the last couple of months like many of us (that are smart) I have shrewdly bought quite a bit more ammo (at great prices) since the infamous election and before the total freak out that sprung the trap of over pricing.

January 17, 2013, 10:51 PM
Ammo? What ammo?

January 17, 2013, 10:55 PM
I keep my ammo in a Stack-On case inside of my RSC. Throw in a dehumidifier for good measure.

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