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Old January 18th, 2021, 08:29 AM #1
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Storing ammo - long term

"If" I had ammo and "If" I stored it in a gang box in the basement:

Basement is dry and modern, lots of shotgun shells, pistol rounds, rifle rounds.
some stuff been in there 15-20 years.
Some brass is getting tarnished, etc.

So what is everyones long term storage method?
zipp lock bag with Desiccant paks?
Huge bag liner for the whole gang box?
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"If" I had ammo and "If" I stored it in a gang box in the basement:

Basement is dry and modern, lots of shotgun shells, pistol rounds, rifle rounds.
some stuff been in there 15-20 years.
Some brass is getting tarnished, etc.

So what is everyones long term storage method?
zipp lock bag with Desiccant paks?
Huge bag liner for the whole gang box?
I have ammo from the 60's that I have never done anything special with. If it were paper shot shells maybe I would but then I probably wouldn't shoot them anyway. Desiccant packs in an ammo can with a proper seal is probably the easiest/cheapest.
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Dry and modern basement will be fine.

I did get some WWII-era ammo that had been stored loose in an exterior garage, and that stuff had a fair number of hangfires. Eventually broke it down, sold the bullets, fertilized the lawn, and got rid of the steel cases.
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I prefer these silica gel packs that can be recharged by putting them in the oven. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40-Gram-Sil...-/254788522578
Metal 50 cal cans from Harbor Freight are cheap and seal good
For larger storage containers, the plastic MTM Ammo Crates are affordable and sturdy and have an airtight seal https://www.mtmcase-gard.com/ammo-crates-mtm.php
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I store my ammo loose in 2 gallon zip lock bags. I toss a few silica gel packs in, throw the bag in a .30 cal ammo can, and call it a day. No issues whatsoever.
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What is this ammo of which you speak...
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I second these https://www.mtmcase-gard.com/ammo-crates-mtm.php and a couple silica packs. They stack great too. Just don't go to big or they get unwieldy
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Desiccant is your friend. The cardboard or bandoleer retains moisture. Some considerations:

Stamdard unit = 1oz = 28 grams (customer support from a manufacturer).
10 grams can cover 1500cc for a volume reference.
1500 cc apporx 91 cu. inch.
Fifty cal ammo can 6x7x11.5 = 483 cu. inch empty
483/91 = 5.3 10 gram packs empty. Industry doesn't consider volume but grams of water at two specific tempuratures as far as I can tell. I can't measure this.

I prep the can for a week to absorb water from the cardboard/bandoleer then replace with fresh with a 3x5 card taped on the outside with info and date packed/opened. I use 20 gram for a 30cal can, 40gm for 50cal and 60gm for a fat50.
I hope it's enough.

I also bought a Linco ph testing pen. Some cardboard can be acidic. 1990s Lapua for example.

Vapor Control Inhibiter VCI bags/chips are another option. Rated 5 years. I use Zerust. There is a VCI bag that will fit a 50cal ammo can but haven't used them. Bluguard is the brand.
If you go with buckets or MTM ammo crates consider VCI bags. My MTM ammo cans are not airtight. The metal cans are off the cement on wood.
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I've heard of people storing ammo in the safe, now that it's become so valuable. And safe could have a golden rod etc dehumidifier to keep ammo nice and dry and warm and happy.
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For long term, zip lock bags degrade and fall apart. BT, DT.
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