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Need some advice... Ammo and storage temp.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Working Man, Aug 26, 2005.

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  1. Working Man

    Working Man Member

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    I am looking at putting a lock box in my truck so that if I am at a place that
    does not allow me to carry a my CCW legally I don't have to just leave it
    loose in the truck simply "hidden" :uhoh: . If I had a lock box that would
    mean I could leave it there while I am at work or school and have it while
    in transit. Usually if I am going somewhere after work I go home first to get
    my CCW then out, a real pain.

    The problem is it gets hot here and in my truck it is like an oven. The
    thermometer I put in my truck sometimes reaches 140+ and that's with out
    the sun directly hitting it or what it is attached to.

    Is that too hot for the ammo? I don't want my gun going off unless I'm
    pointing it at something and pulling the trigger.

    Anybody know ammo temp specs?
     
  2. M2 Carbine

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    I've left pistols and rifles in my vehicles 24/7 in the Texas heat for sometimes years at a time. When I get around to shooting the carried ammo it's never failed to fire.
     
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    I work as a Arson Investigator. Often I have to put the fire out before starting my Investigation. My G17 is always on my side when I enter a burning building.
     
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    Of course, there are those who claim to keep their ammo in the freezer. :scrutiny:
     
  5. hotpig

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    I would not go that far. I do keep guns and ammo in my car year around. It can get very hot and very cold in this region(sometimes all in the same day).
     
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    Ammunition can take more abuse than the inside of your vehicle can deliver, hot or cold. That's the simplest way to put it.
     
  7. Monkeyleg

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    I bought a bunch of Portugese 7.62 Nato back in January. For whatever reason--laziness, probably--I left it on the floor of my car through temps in the teens, temps near 100, high humidity, low humidity.

    Shot some today, and it's fine.

    But I wouldn't store it that way for years.
     
  8. Working Man

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    Thanks... thats the type of info I was looking for. Actual temps or people
    who have done it for a while.
     
  9. m39fan

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    I believe the long-term storage bunkers at NSWC Crane were temperature controlled in the mid-60's to low-70's. About the same temps you'd like to be in! I'll check with my wife tonight but she might not remember as she was in the business of blowing things up!

    Anyone else have any experience with the millitary storage facilities?

    Take Care,
    Mike
     
  10. 72Rover

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    Long term storage

    I had to appraise portions of the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station years ago, with a whole bunch of ammo bunkers. Most had been allowed to 'lie fallow' without much in the way of maintenance or ventilation and I didn't think they were good for much besides mushroom farming. Even underground, you need that climate control.

    The same facility used to keep the powder bags for the 16" naval guns on barges...some bright spark had the idea that the river water would cool and/or heat the contents for long-term storage. Never mind the humidity - or the fact that the barges actually turned into closed ovens in the summer. I think the last of these powder charges were loaded a half-century ago.
     
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