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Old September 14th, 2018, 03:05 PM #11
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Thanks to all of you for your thoughts.

So just to be sure I'm getting it through my thick skull...even a shed that is fully insulated and has an air conditioner won't be good enough to protect the firearms? I assume that climate controlled storage unit would do it?

And what about the powder for reloading. Can I reload in the shed or will all my powder get ruined if stored out there?

And finally...if I have had my firearms out there for a month now, am I already in trouble with all of them?
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Keep everything in your house.

Guns.

Powder.

Primers.

Everything.
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I keep most of my ammo and reloading supplies in unconditioned spaces. Also I am not comfortable keeping that much explosive in the living areas of my house. As long as everything is in air tight packaging you should be fine. The plastic containers powder comes in is ok. All ammo goes in 50cal cans. Make sure the seals are ok. Try to organize so that they are opened as little as possible. Label the cans on the outside so you dont have to rummage around in them all.

Use desiccant packs in everything. Buy a assortment of large reusable desiccants(Eva-Dry), and the disposable white mesh packs. You can also re-use the ones that come in packaging by heating in an oven to drive all the absorbed water out.

Any exposed metal will start to get a rust patina in a few days, especially with the weather the past few weeks. I keep all my guns in conditioned space. In a shed you need to keep everything oiled well. A reloading press for example will develop some patina on non-painted surfaces in no time.

Welcome to MD, where even the climate is trying to take your guns away!
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Wait a minute ... is this the same as loading up your binary triggers and bumpstocks for a cruise down the Bay?
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All that needs to be kept in a conditioned space or you might as well save the aggravation and throw it all away now
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Thanks to all of you for your thoughts.

So just to be sure I'm getting it through my thick skull...even a shed that is fully insulated and has an air conditioner won't be good enough to protect the firearms? I assume that climate controlled storage unit would do it?

And what about the powder for reloading. Can I reload in the shed or will all my powder get ruined if stored out there?

And finally...if I have had my firearms out there for a month now, am I already in trouble with all of them?
If it's insulated and heated/cooled to similar level as your house you would be OK. The security issue would be another matter. Check your guns now and oil them and see what they look like, probably hasn't been long enough to be really bad. I think I'd want to keep the primers and powder in the house.
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Welcome to MD, where even the climate is trying to take your guns away!
Ha! I almost spit out my drink on that one.
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Where in Marylandistan do you now reside? Crime in MD is much worse than in ID.
If you want to store powder and primers in a shed, you should be fine provided they are in a well sealed container with dessicant or a golden rod. Do not keep your firearms in a shed. It is a just a matter of time before they get stolen.
As far as reloading in the shed, as long as it is reasonably insulated and climate controlled (AC and heat) you should be fine to make one into a reloading room.

Once again, do not keep your guns out there.

ETA- A broken/non working dorm fridge makes a great storage vessel for powders and primers and they can be had for free. A pound of dessicant can be had for cheap.
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Welcome. Why did you move here from Idaho? Seems like you moved away from paradise.

Just in case others didnt make it clear, dont keep your guns in the shed. You ain't in Idaho anymore.
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OP, powder storage is about avoiding temperature extremes, in particular excessive heat. Store your powder inside, in a temperature controlled environment.

http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/relo...wder-stability
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