I wonder if you could gain a benefit of just putting one valve stem in the ammo box and then just put 15-20 pounds of pressure in it which might keep any moisture out? Seems like an idea if you lived with high humidity.I too use surplus ammo cans for the most part. I like to take my ammunition from the original package (if store bought) and place in the same type of plastic storage boxes I use for reloading. They pack nicely inside the metal can.
I have a "ready can" in my bedroom closet that holds several different calibers for the guns I always wear around the house. The ready can also holds spare loaded magazines.
For actual storage, I also use the ammo cans, but they are caliber specific. All of my cans have desiccant packs to keep the interior dry and I store them in various buildings throughout the property.
I always try to choose locations with the least amount of temperature swings, but sometimes that cannot be helped.
I have a neighbor who has a really good idea for long term storage. He drills two holes in ammo can and installs tire stems. He will open both stems and purge the oxygen from the can with an argon cylinder. His technique makes sense...since argon is a non-reactive gas (inert), which will retard potential problems with corrosion - - that said, I have never had issues with corrosion the way I store. I consider myself OCD, but I have yet to approach his level lol! . Perhaps I would if I were to store ammo or firearms underground.
I agree with maintaining a positive pressure if the cans are destined for long term storage. I need to ask him if he does that. I would think 2-3 pounds above standard atmosphere would be sufficient - - and safer.I wonder if you could gain a benefit of just putting one valve stem in the ammo box and then just put 15-20 pounds of pressure in it which might keep any moisture out? Seems like an idea if you lived with high humidity.
Well the short answer is numerous ways...Just a quick question-
Got into a discussion this weekend with some guys about ammo storage.
A couple said they keep various calibers in their individual boxes. Others said they dump rounds and store them in cases.
Anyone want to offer their preference and, if willing, why that particular preference?
Thanks in advance!
Myself I do not mix manufacturers of loose bulk ammo, nor would I mix 115gr. and 124gr fmj ammo even if it was from the same manufacturer, nor would I mix same caliber FMJ, JHP, JSP, etc ammo of the same or different manufacturers. If I was going to put any of those variables in the same can I would vacuum pack the variations separately and label them accordingly.Another quick question-
The folks who store factory ammo loose in cans, do you try to stay with the same manufacturer? If, say, 9mm, do you separate different grains?
All in ammo cans mostly so its sealed and has the desiccant packs in each. I also have a few lockers of it separated according to caliber. The ammo cans are all mixed and will organize it and sort it out some day. I also have quite a few of the spam cans sealed. I store it in a cool place. Same temp year round, not hot and not cold.