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Ammo can storage???

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by theboyscout, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. GunnyUSMC

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    I have an ammo can or two.
    If buying used ones you need to check the seals and the bottom of the cans. If three is Rustin the bottom seams don't buy them.
    I tell all my friends to use the metal cans. Last year it flooded here. 80 %of the homes in my town got one to five feet of water. The water stayed around for three days before it started to go.
    A good friend had ammo in metal and plastic cans. All of the plastic ammo cans leaked. All but one of his metal cans did great, it had a bad seal. His ammo was under water for three days.
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  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    The atmosphere in the cans will be the same as whatever the ambient humidity was last time you opened them...just be mindful of when and where you are when you seal them. If you HAVE to open the cans on a moist day throw in some dessicant packs.
     
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  3. theboyscout

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    What did you do for you labels?
     
  4. GunnyUSMC

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    They are just old printing labels from work.
     
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  5. khari

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    What's the reasoning behind keeping metal cans off concrete?
     
  6. JeffG

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    There is a corrosive effect with metal and concrete. The concrete under the cans attracts moisture. In my experience metal on concrete sets up a hygroscopic situation. Over time then, it accelerates the deterioration of the metal can.
     
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  7. khari

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    Interesting. I got a little work to do tomorrow...
     
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  8. goldpelican

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    Thanks for the thread. Had not considered the flooding issue before. I have a dozen plastic cans, I use them for both brass in progress and for reloaded ammo. Might have to reconsider buying metal cans after all.
     
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  9. John Joseph

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    I batch load so one can of clean, tumbled brass, another sized &deprimed, another primed & expanded and still another of reloaded ammo, so four cans per caliber.
    What the heck, it works.
     
  10. BSA1

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    Plastic ammo cans seem like a good idea until you drop one...

    that is full of loose ammunition.

    In such a event you will get a lot of exercise bending over, chasing down and picking up all of the scattered rounds.
     
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  11. JeffG

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    ...and walking in on a buddy after dropping a plastic ammo can on the basement floor...he was vacuuming up pistol ammo with the shop vac. I went back outside...quick.
     
  12. boom boom

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    Did your buddy ask you to hold his beer and watch this before starting to vacuum?
     
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  13. entropy

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    It's free. All you need is one of the little dessicant packs that come in products. One per can. I get them at work, rotate them through my cans about once a year. You probably know someone who works at Walmart, Target, etc. that can save the little packets for you. I keep my cans up off the floor; in my old house it was on pallets (again, from work) in my current house there was a nice rack hanging from the ceiling right in my gun closet, er, shop that all the cans set on. the cases are on a piece of pallet under my gun bench.
     
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  14. boom boom

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    I use the full ammo cans on the lowest level of my reloading bench (which I also use with my barrel vise). Makes for right good stability on the bench (and yeah my bench is rated for the load carried).
     
  15. JeffG

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    No, it was just, "Exit stage right!" and "are you nuts?!"-yelled from the top of the basement stairs.
     
  16. ColtPythonElite

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    What could happen from vacuuming up ammo?
     
  17. JeffG

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    Loud noises and perforated epidermis; wasn't taking the chance. :eek:
     
  18. FL-NC

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    I used ammo packed loose in cans in afg. that had been sitting in them probably for years. Stored in conex containers that were subject to freezing temps up to triple digits. No issues- unless water or a LOT of moisture had gotten inside. Which is easy to tell- you open the can and the odor of nasty wetness followed by the sight of corroded ammunition. This ammo ended up getting demo'd.
     
  19. lightman

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    I bought 2 pallets of 50 caliber ammo cans for $1/can during the first Gulf War. I've got ammo stored loose in them, in zip-lic bags, in MTM plastic boxes and in factory boxes. The loose ammo seems to be holding up fine but I wish I had bagged it up, back then. I have them stored in a metal cabinet and under my loading bench, on a final floor.I sprayed the gasket with Silicon spray when I first loaded them and occasionally spray them again, whenever I have one open or think about it.

    That video wad informative.
     
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