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Nickelless
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  04:46:12  Show Profile Send Nickelless a Private Message
I won't say what kind of containers I'm storing my ammo in, but I'll just note that I'm sealing them up in double-lock zipper-style freezer bags before I put them in said storage container to help keep air and moisture out. What kind of things do you guys do to keep your ammo "fresh" and stable in storage?


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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  09:19:37  Show Profile Send battlecat a Private Message
food sealer :) 50 rounds of .223 or 7.62x39 per pack
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fasteddy
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  09:47:07  Show Profile Send fasteddy a Private Message
Ok I am curious too. I deer hunt here in Texas and live in extra humid Houston. I am still shooting ammo that I bought in 1996 and sighted my rifle with...I have not stored this ammo in any special manner...and they are still shooting on target....my best shot was 340 yards at a doe, 3 years ago(30-06)...I have 18 shots left from 60 rounds originally purchased. The rest of my ammo is stored in a ammo can....I have some in there over twenty years old...I still shoot the .22 mags that I was buying for $4.99 a box and get the second box at half price....reallyHeck i think there are 22 lr in there that are over 30 years old...
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wolvesdad
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  14:26:42  Show Profile Send wolvesdad a Private Message
well ammo cans that are still in good condition would be the best option right? with a couple packs of 'dessicant' to suck out any minimal moisture.

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Oldpagan
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  14:53:49  Show Profile Send Oldpagan a Private Message
I use surplus 50 cal ammo cans, and mark on the lids what caliber of ammo is in each one.
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Beau
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  16:42:33  Show Profile Send Beau a Private Message
A Dealer at a gun show told me to use ammo cans and put a zip lock bag in with rice in it, about half full, with the top open.
he said he had store ammo in these cans, it was good after 50 years.
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stateofmind
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  17:16:28  Show Profile Send stateofmind a Private Message
Yeah, rice is cheaper than desiccant and still sucks out moisture. Occasionally, it will suck the water out of electronics (such as ipods and cell phones) that have been dropped in water.

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wolvesdad
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  18:39:37  Show Profile Send wolvesdad a Private Message
hmmmm..... good to know. Any chance the rice would go 'rancid' or something and could it cause any problem to the ammo or can?

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stateofmind
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  20:11:53  Show Profile Send stateofmind a Private Message
I think if you replaced it yearly It should be OK.

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NotABigDeal
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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  21:23:13  Show Profile Send NotABigDeal a Private Message
Mmmm, ammo fried rice, hehe.

Store ammo? I'm too busy shooting all of it.... (4th of July shoot happening Sunday morning, I can't wait.)

Honestly I don't do much out of the ordinary as of yet. Ammo cans are what I use, but I rotate stock since I have an addiction to shooting. I too have shot ammo several years old without any special storage beyond a good ammo can. I shot some WWII era ammo before. Worked just fine.

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Nickelless
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USA
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Posted - 07/03/2010 :  12:00:48  Show Profile Send Nickelless a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by wolvesdad

hmmmm..... good to know. Any chance the rice would go 'rancid' or something and could it cause any problem to the ammo or can?

Use white rice, not brown rice.


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hobo finds
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Posted - 07/04/2010 :  17:19:36  Show Profile Send hobo finds a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Nickelless

quote:
Originally posted by wolvesdad

hmmmm..... good to know. Any chance the rice would go 'rancid' or something and could it cause any problem to the ammo or can?

Use white rice, not brown rice.



White rice it's an AZ thing!
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Lemon Thrower
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  07:11:38  Show Profile Send Lemon Thrower a Private Message
fwiw, brown rice has more oil content and is more likely to go rancid.

i have heard cat litter acts as a dessicant as well.

in florida, where it humid, they put a few grains of white rice in every salt shaker to keep the salt from clumping.

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stateofmind
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  12:09:46  Show Profile Send stateofmind a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Lemon Thrower

fwiw, brown rice has more oil content and is more likely to go rancid.

i have heard cat litter acts as a dessicant as well.

in florida, where it humid, they put a few grains of white rice in every salt shaker to keep the salt from clumping.


Lemon Thrower, cat litter WILL work, however one must read the components and make sure it includes silica.

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Nickelless
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  12:34:03  Show Profile Send Nickelless a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by stateofmind

quote:
Originally posted by Lemon Thrower

fwiw, brown rice has more oil content and is more likely to go rancid.

i have heard cat litter acts as a dessicant as well.

in florida, where it humid, they put a few grains of white rice in every salt shaker to keep the salt from clumping.


Lemon Thrower, cat litter WILL work, however one must read the components and make sure it includes silica.

Cat litter can be dusty, though. Rice doesn't have that problem.


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NotABigDeal
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  15:31:13  Show Profile Send NotABigDeal a Private Message
Plus you can eat the rice. Right?

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Nickelless
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  17:33:43  Show Profile Send Nickelless a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by NotABigDeal

Plus you can eat the rice. Right?

Deal

Not sure I want to eat rice with bullet residue on it. Aren't most bullet casings usually coated in graphite?

But I'm not worried about "wasting" the rice in my ammo canister, if that's what I were using as a dessicant. I've got hundreds of pounds of rice in my food preps.


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wolvesdad
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  17:47:17  Show Profile Send wolvesdad a Private Message
what would be the best way to 'contain' the rice. I wouldn't put it loose in a cup, because my ammo can maynot always be right side up,
And I'm a neat kinda guy, would rather not have rice all over inside the can.

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stateofmind
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Posted - 07/05/2010 :  20:30:46  Show Profile Send stateofmind a Private Message
I keep fish as a hobby. Off the top of my head, these would work well:
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You should be able to find them at pet shops for higher prices, or order them online in bulk. Or, if you can find something equivalent or similar to those then that would also work.

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