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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kestak, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member


    I just talked to a fellow at the range and I think he is full of it. He told me the Federal regulation stipulates that you cannot have more than 750 pounds of Primers, smokeless powder, ammo in your house.

    I did some research and the only things I found out are not more than 50 pounds of black powder and an OSHA regulation about the stocking of smokeless powder and primers.

    I am way under that 750 pounds but it got me curious.

    Anyone got a reference to that?

    Thank you
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Nope. That, or any of the thousands of variations of it, are guy-counter bull puckey and errornet myth that one hears often if one spends much time around gun guys.
  3. RandyP

    RandyP Well-Known Member

    there are often local Fire Dept. ordinances that limit the amount of powder that can be stored in a home.

    Not Federal regs, but regs none the less. Either way a reloader could be restricted. Though a 750 pound limit on primers and powders seems to me to be pretty darn generous for a private individual - lol
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Could you ask the fellow at the range to show you the Federal regulation section he is talking about? ;)
  5. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    Yep, it's local Fire codes, and The National Fire Protection Association guidelines/suggestions. NFPA doesn't make laws or enforce them, as far as I know....
  6. Dr_B

    Dr_B member

    I think the local city ordinance where I live restricts powder to 8 pounds. Or maybe its state law. Either way, I seriously doubt anyone follows that.
  7. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    No regulation needed for me to stay under 750 lbs of powder and primers; I'd run out of space way before I could accumulate that much.

    No when you add ammo--lead and brass get heavy pretty fast. I really have no idea where I am on that.
  8. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    beatledog7, AFAIK, I don't think there's any regulation that limits brass or bulk bullet storage, only for loaded ammunition and powder/primers.
  9. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member

    Still looking. Found nothing. Not even in local regulations...
  10. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    This SAAMI publication mentions 750,000 primers for commercial storage (pages 6-7). Perhaps the fellow at the range mixed up the numbers?

    1996 NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 495: Explosive Material Code
  11. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    it could fall under Hasmat
    but hasmat has many exemptions (such as ORM-D)
    and then you have shipping etc.

    But since you can buy kegs of powder, I'm pretty sure you are fine
  12. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Just tell him you store all powder and primers at your mother-in-laws.
  13. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member

    Lol! I store all my powder and primers under my mother in law bed... And She smokes in bed too and fall asleep. Lol

    As of now, no luck yet. Still have a mother in law...

  14. Honest John

    Honest John Well-Known Member

    I think the guy at the range was almost entirely wrong. Your local fire code is the place to look. IIRC, the current fire code does have limits on component storage but it would be pretty hard to exceed them.
  15. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    The only thing that I remember is about storage of propellants inside is as to what is printed in the reloading guides. Not so much the limit but how it is stored and the NFPA guidelines. There is a section at the front in all the newer propellant manufacturers reloading guides. He might be mixing up his numbers with the reloading data.:D
  16. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Or in that boat that keeps having really bad days....
  17. idoono

    idoono Well-Known Member

    NFPA does indeed have guidelines regarding primer and powder storage requirements including maximum amounts. While they do not regulate, your local Fire Marshal (who does) uses the NFPA guidelines.

  18. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Only 750lbs?!? Oops what should I do with the rest of it LOL
  19. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    I had a guy tell me 10,000 primers was the max I could have on hand at one time , I said "realy" :banghead: if I have 10 full boxes of 1000 then I'm breaking the law ? I don't think so ! I use more than 10 types of primers, Rem 9 1/2, Rem 9 1/2M, Rem 1 1/2, Rem 2 1/2, Rem 5 1/2. CCI 200, CCI BR2, CCI 300, CCI 350. CCI 500, WLP, WLR, , well thats 12 , or 12,000 if all were full , at that point he said MAYBE IT"S 100,000 , :cuss:,,, I too did some checking and found nothing , but hey if you think you have too many just load them up , or send them to me lol... :)
  20. Baryngyl

    Baryngyl Well-Known Member

    If everything only cost a $1.00 a pound I would run out of money before I ever hit the limit. :banghead:

    Michael Grace

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