You have acquired ammunition for your firearm. Now, what do you do with it? How do you store ammunition? A commonly asked question about ammunition is where it should be stored when not shooting. Read on to learn about how to care for and store your ammunition the correct way.
Where is the best place to store ammunition?
The best way to store ammunition is by finding a safe place that is cool and dry. Cool but not cold. Make sure this is an area with controlled temperature. Extremely cold or hot temperature changes can result in ammunition damage.
Additionally, it is crucial to find a dark-lit area. A common area that gun owners store their ammunition in is a closet inside their home. With this being said, it is understandable that a home’s temperature fluctuates commonly. This irregular change of home temperature is ok, as long as it is not drastic.
Is Heat Destructive to Ammunition?
Heat itself isn’t necessarily destructive, but fluctuations in heat are likely to create humidity and condensation. Moisture will tackle gun powder. Keep away from water and all liquids.
What Happens if Ammunition Gets Wet?
Because of the components that create a bullet, certain components may be ruined or fail if they are exposed to moisture. If water or liquid enters the bullet casing, it risks the powder being ruined. This will make the powder un-ignitable.
How long can you store ammunition before it goes bad?
Ammunition does not expire. With that being said, storing ammunition correctly can prevent the gunpowder in bullets from losing strength. Older ammunition can last a long time if it has been handled with care and stored properly. If not, the chances of the ammunition working properly is little to none.
Should ammunition be stored in a garage?
It is not recommended to store your ammunition in a garage. The reasoning behind this is that a garage may have chemicals and liquids close by. If you park your vehicle in a garage after being in the snow or rain, your vehicle is likely to drip water and slush all over the ground. Ammunition should never be stored on a floor that may have liquid on it. In addition, the temperatures are inconsistent and can be extreme in a garage. It is recommended to avoid places such as a basement or an attic. An attic is prone to humidity and condensation.
Is it better to store ammo loosely or in a box?
The more you handle ammo, the more likely it is to become damaged. If you know it will be a bit of time before you shoot your ammo, keep your rounds stored in the original boxes, untouched.
If you want to lock your ammunition up, consider keeping the ammunition in the original boxes and place them in a locking ammunition box. Organize your stored ammunition by ammo type and size.
Should I Store a Firearm and the Ammunition Together?
It is recommended that a gun is stored unloaded until you are going to use the ammunition. Ammunition and a firearm need to be stored separately. Your gun should be stored in a gun safe or gun case. Storing these two items individually reduces the risk of someone other than you loading the firearm and having access to shooting it. By safely storing your ammunition and firearm separately from each other, you can prevent children from accessing a loaded gun, avoid fatal situations, and reduce the possibilities of firearm complications.
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