When it comes to storing ammunition for a long period of time, the most common problem you will encounter is corrosion. Over time, things like humidity can wreak havoc on your ammo, causing it become unreliable or worse yet dangerous to fire.
If you plan on storing ammunition for an extended period of time, you need to take environmental conditions like humidity into account. Improperly stored ammunition can and will deteriorate over time; in some cases, that could make your stockpile of ammunition dangerous to fire.
Improper storage can cause a whole host of problems.
- Primers can lose their sensitivity
- Charges can deteriorate over time
- Cartridges can weaken and even rupture when fired.
- You also have to watch out for corrosion problems that can change the size or characteristics of the ammunition, making it dangerous to fire.
Tips for Protecting Your Ammunition Stockpile
In most cases, the paper boxes that your ammunition is sold in are probably more than adequate when storing ammo in your house. If you plan on storing it for longer than a couple years, or plan on burying it, you need to take a couple of precautions.
- Vacuum Seal – Vacuum sealing your ammunition can help protect it from water, rust, and even burying it underground.
- Rotation – Just like long term food storage, the key to successfully storing ammo is to rotate your ammunition as often as possible. Make sure you mark purchase dates on your ammo cans, so you use the oldest ammo first.
- Humidity Kills – Humidity is probably one of the biggest things you need to worry about. Try to keep your ammo in a low humidity location, or use some sort of dehumidifying equipment in your storage area.
- Periodic Checks – If you’re not regularly firing your ammo, it’s a good idea to check your supplies at least once every six months for signs of corrosion. Doing periodic checks will help ensure your stocks are ready to fire when you need them.
- Silica Packets – Those little silica gel packets that come in just about everything these days, are a great way to keep your ammo in top notch condition. Silica Gel, or desiccant packets, should be placed in your ammo cans to help get rid of moisture.