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how to store ammo home?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by loonie, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. loonie

    loonie member

    I bought 1000 rounds .22 and 500 rounds 9mm,how to store safely home? I plan to get a safe to store them. anyone has better suggestions?
  2. zippo8

    zippo8 Well-Known Member

    I store mine in sealed ammo containers raised off the floor. Learned the hard way when my garage flooded from a broken water heater. I also drop a dessicant package in each containter. I have also seen a lock mechanism that you can add to the ammo containers, but haven't tried it yet.
  3. 1911ShooterTJ

    1911ShooterTJ Well-Known Member

    +1 on the sealed ammo containers. It doesn't get much easier.

    I also find them extremely convenient since all I have to do is label the container and I know exactly where to find all my ammo and what kind of box to grab to go shooting. :cool:
  4. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    You state no reason why it would be unsafe to store them in the boxes they came in. I've got a basement full of the stuff and have never had a problem. Some in ammo cans, some in mags, much of it in the cardboard boxes that the originating country packed them into 40 years ago....
  5. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    Surplus army ammo cans work great. The handles make it a lot easier to cart around than a heavy box. You can buy ammo cans for under $5 at most gun shows.

    A desiccant bag tossed in for good measure won't hurt any.

    The original cardboard boxes are adequate for storage in a dry environment but tend to disintegrate over time in a damp one. Won't hurt the ammo any though.
  6. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    I use surplus GI ammo cans, and toss in a packet of silica gel.
  7. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    well, i woudn't worry about it until you buy large quantities :p

    i tend to spread it out rather than all in one place. every now and then, i find some ammo that i didn't even know that i had ;)
  8. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    It is a good idea to put them in a secure place, especially if you have kids around. they get into anything that is laying around that they can.

    A locked closet or chest, or filing cabinet is quite adequate.

    I was going to make an ammo storage cabinet out of plywood and went to get some and realized I could a kit for less then the plywood would have cost me. All I did was reinforce the shelf supports and add a padlock hasp. It won't keep anyone out who seriously wants in, but it will discourage the casual nosy person.
  9. Zero_DgZ

    Zero_DgZ Well-Known Member

    Another second for the ammo cans. I rough up and then repaint 'em with OD rust-oleum (the ones I get need a new coat of paint anyway, usually) then stencil them with the rough contents: 9 mil, 12 ga., &c.

    Ammo cans are cheap, durable, waterproof (until they rust through), tough as nails, and good for all kinds of things like impromptu use as a BGA or a counterweight for something...
  10. HerrWolfe

    HerrWolfe Well-Known Member

    Surplus (and waterproof:D) ammo can for $3 or pitch into your sock drawer (which should be dry); three bricks...yeah, it'll fit fine.
  11. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I sell safes, and I'm gonna tell you do not store your ammo in a safe. If for any reason the ammo should ignite, the safe will become a bomb. If you don't like the ammo can idea, get a sheet metal, or plastic, shelved storage cabinet & use that. Most of them have a provision to lock. What's more important, they won't contain the gases of ammo burning & raise the internal pressure into bomb status.

  12. countertop

    countertop Well-Known Member


    Why would you worry about sticking <$100 worth of ammo in a safe???

    Heck, I blow through that much in a single range session.
  13. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    how to store ammo?

    I have 10 or 12 ammo cans, but most of my ammo is in Rubbermaid storage tubs under the bed. Well, there were a few cases of Wolf .22 that didn't fit, so they're over in the corner with a case of .38 Sp. match wadcutters and a few flats of 28 ga. shells. Oh, and a bunch of 3" 12 ga. Hevi-Shot I got a deal on.

    I think I need more tubs and a bigger bed.

  14. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    I'll agree that surplus ammo cans are the way to go. Easy to carry, stackable, and cheap.

    Even if they're a bit rusty, it's easy to rehab them in about fifteen minutes with some sandpaper and a can of Krylon.
  15. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet Well-Known Member

    Could you elaborate on this, please ? We’ve had numerous threads here that concluded that ammunition will not “shoot” in a fire unless they’re the single cartridge loaded in a firearm in the barrel position. That is, the unloaded cartridge would just heat up and harmlessly push the bullet out. Since there’s no barrel, there’s no acceleration imparted to the bullet. Once the bullet clears the case, the gases expand in all directions.

    I’m guessing you’re saying that if a lot of cartridges heat up simultaneously in a relatively airtight container that the container will eventually explode from all the expanding gasses.

    I think my ammo cans are much more airtight than my safe.

    What you’re saying kinda bugs me. One of the reasons I have ammo in a safe is to avoid liability if some kids were to find the ammo and do something uncalled for.
  16. odysseus

    odysseus Well-Known Member

    +1 on surplus ammo cans. Make sure the rubber seal around the lid is good. It's better to have them in manageable containers.
  17. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    How does a bomb work? Explosives are ignited in a sealed container, not so? If you're ammo is stored in a container that may be exposed to conditions that will heat the ammo to ignition temperature, and the container has a blow out panel, or is of light enough construction to rupture easily, there will be a venting of high temperature gasses. However, if the container indeed contains until gas pressure rises to cause catastrophic failure, that would seem to fit most definitions of bomb IMHO.

    Ever made a sparkler bomb? Same principle.

  18. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you're confirming what I said in my second paragraph. Are most safes that airtight ? Mine has holes to allow bolting to the floor, and some have holes to allow a goldenrod power cord.

    I understand the principle, I just never heard of this happening with ammo in a safe.

    Thank you for your reply, though. And I prefer milk with chili. :)
  19. loonie

    loonie member

    it seems i have to go buy a metal cabinet to store my ammo. because in canada,by law,ammo has to be stored in a locked constructed container.....

    anyway,thanks to all posters above!
  20. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    I'm sceptical on the ammo safe becoming a bomb proposition.

    Unlike black powder, modern propellants do NOT explode in open air. They burn rapidly, and there is a difference.

    Laying aside how ammo would ignite in a closed safe, and continue combustion without a fresh air supply, I'd think that a lot of ammo burning in a room would be just about as catastrophic as that same amount of ammo burning in a safe.

    3 possibilities exist:

    1) The safe would contain the expanded gases, which would then sublimate out slowly.

    2) The expanding gases would find their way out of whatever air channels it could find, in a hot jet.

    3) The safe would fail at it's weakest point, and "blow out" there. I doubt that this would become anything like a schrapnel bomb.

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