Ammo Can Storage?

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  1. Will Munny

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    Any thoughts on using an ammo can with a rubber gasket (with some desiccant packs inside) to store ammo in a humid climate?
     
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    Isn't that what they were made for? Make sure the gasket is in good shape.
    Mind the heat, as that can break down the propellant prematurely.
     
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  3. Will Munny

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    Hmm, thinking about the heat it might be worth storing them on the floor instead of the top shelf. Perhaps not a huge difference, but can't hurt.
     
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    Should not be an issue
     
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    That is the exact way I store my ammo.
    I keep mine stacked on the basement floor, I've never had an ammo problem yet.
     
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    It's a good idea to not stow the GI metal cans on bare concrete, as they seem to "wick up" moisture from the concrete and rust out (if slowly).
     
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    Just know that if you're depending on the dessicant, it's not going to last as long as you think. I get maybe three months out of a 30 gram packet.
     
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  9. Will Munny

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    A good point, people often forget masonry is a porous material that moves moisture like that. In my case its a second floor and there is carpet so I'm good to go.
     
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    Ammo cans have worked well for me for nearly sixty years.
     
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  11. GunnyUSMC

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    I store my ammo in military ammo cans. Been doing it for more the 30 years.
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    I have a few that were a little rusty when I got them. I just repainted them.
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  12. Riomouse911

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    I, too use a lot of ammo cans to store ammo. And I often decorate them up a bit just for fun. I keep mine on the lowest shelves of a heavy duty rack in the coolest corner of my insulated garage.

    I’m in the “Gunny Lite” category of ammo can storage…

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    Stay safe.
     
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    Ammo cans are WON-DER-FUL! I wash, thoroughly dry, closely inspect the cans and treat the rubber gaskets prior to use. And, yes, out of habit, I always include a desiccant packet. :)

    For ~50 years most of my ammunition that is outside of unbroken cases is in USGI ammo cans. In that time I have never encountered any problems with the practice.

    I current use about a hundred cans in the basement in that capacity.
     
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    True...and the metal cans could leave rust stains in humid climates. I store the few metal cans i have on bare concrete with a sheet of plastic visqueen/sheeting underneath. I also use small square plastic buckets with watertight lids and the thicker strap type handles (found at the big name hardware stores) and add a couple of desiccant packs, but can't load them too full...I'll fail before the strap does.
     
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    Your not storing ammo until your using 81mm mortar cans. Can't move them worth crap after they're filled but it's the next closest thing to a 55-gallon drum of loose 556.
     
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    I have been storing ammo in GI cans without desicant inside of a job box in an outside shed in Fl for years and had no issues
     
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    It’s ok. My house has a concrete slab that is 8 inches or thicker.
    That’s only part of my stash. I have over 100 ammo cans. I ended up getting more labels of different colors and relabeled all my ammo cans. I also have 5/8” plywood under the cans. I need to take an updated pic.
    I also have a few crates of ammo in my Mosin closet.
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    It seems to me that the military went to a lot of trouble (and expense) to find a way to store ammo. I will take advantage of all their hard work. No sense to reinvent the wheel so to speak.
     
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    I've been using the plastic ammo cans for a couple of years, I do have 2 metal GI cans.

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    This was me staging them while I set up storage in my garage. Here in the high desert humidity is not a big issue.........
     
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    I'm in Florida. ALL of my ammo is in metal ammo cans. I don't bother with desiccant though. It's not really necessary, particularly if you keep the cans in an air conditioned house.
     
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    I keep ammo in mil-surp ammo cans, like they came from the factory. The 'spam can' ammo can be a pain to open and impossible to reseal.

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    Those 20 round boxes were going for $40plus each last time I saw any (which was around three years' ago).
     
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    This may sound silly but isn't the whole point of ammo cans is to store ammo? I guess I don't understand the original question.
     
  25. lightman

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    It sounds like he is worried about the humid environment! Ammo cans have a proven track record.
     
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