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    Storing Ammo in Ammo Cans

    A problem we all wish we had... My ammo cans are full.

    Right now, I store my ammo in their original cartons, inside the ammo cans. I'm pretty thin on cash right now, so buying more cans isn't very high on the priority list (plus, the more ammo I can stuff into as few cans as possible, the better).

    So, is there any problem with eliminating all the cartons, and just dumping the loose ammo into the cans, in bulk?
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    I was at Home Depot today and saw empty paint cans for sale, both metal 1 gallon and plastic 5 gallon. These might work pretty good.

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    metal to metal causes a chemical reaction that will cause the brass to corrode. That is what I have been told anyway.
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  5. I've got some 9mm that's been stored loose for 10 years w/o any problems. I'd suggest putting some dessicant packs in the cans(make sure they don't contact the ammo or the can). If you have different types of ammo, you can use ziplock freezer bags to make the seperations within the can. I have run out of ammo cans and used the ziplok bags alone to keep moisture away from reloaded ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobuck View Post
    I've got some 9mm that's been stored loose for 10 years w/o any problems. I'd suggest putting some dessicant packs in the cans(make sure they don't contact the ammo or the can). If you have different types of ammo, you can use ziplock freezer bags to make the seperations within the can. I have run out of ammo cans and used the ziplok bags alone to keep moisture away from reloaded ammo.
    I'm thinking about lining the cans with cardboard and making cardboard dividers to separate calibers. I have desiccant packs in them already, but I'm due for a new batch.

    I was just wondering if having the loose rounds laying in a pile (as opposed to being nicely separated in individual slots, the way they come.) would have any adverse effect.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Georgia Arms sells their ammo under the name Canned Heat with 50 or 100 rounds per plastic bag, 500 or 1000 rounds per ammo can. The rounds are loose in the ammo cans. Winchester White Box comes 100/box loose packed.

    Seems like it works for them.

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    I have used my vacuum sealer to seal 50 rounds per bag, so that I can grab a package to throw in my range bag, and can get over 1000 rounds per 50 cal can. The ammunition is now sealed against the air and moisture, even if the seal on the can fails.
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  9. I've had several hundred rounds of .223 loose in an ammo can with desiccant packs (touching the ammo) for several years with no adverse effects. I shoot a hundred rounds or so of it every year.

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    Just follow directions-- keep it dry and cool. It will last longer than us if kept that way. I have some in all kinds of containers. I would advise against placing directly against unlined metal containers. There are desiccant packs in about everything we have. Even the stuff Oxygen purged with Argon gets them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipster View Post
    I have used my vacuum sealer to seal 50 rounds per bag, so that I can grab a package to throw in my range bag, and can get over 1000 rounds per 50 cal can. The ammunition is now sealed against the air and moisture, even if the seal on the can fails.
    Great idea! I use my vacuum sealer for the relocated deer in my freezer, and never thought of storing ammo that way. I might need a few more bags. you can reuse them if you leave enough 'tail'

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