As the temperature gets colder, you may be thinking about where to store your firearms for the winter. While concealment furniture is an excellent option for storing your guns of choice, you need to give your ammunition some care and attention too.
Proper ammo storage can help it to perform as intended and lengthen its shelf life because a firearm only works as well as the bullets you use with it. Also, ammunition can be expensive, so it’s a good idea to protect your investment.
Here are some of our tips on how to store ammunition:
Make Sure the Environment is Cool, Dark and Dry
Shifts in the weather that corrode and damage your firearm can also ruin ammunition. Exposure to extreme temperatures over long periods is detrimental for ammo. Excessive heat can cause the nitrocellulose in the bullet casing to turn into gas and leak. This leakage leads to an inaccurate shot. Frigid weather can change the ballistic performance of bullets as well.
Moisture and humidity can destroy ammo casings quickly. Corroded bullets are ineffective and have to be discarded, which results in a loss of money for you. Keeping the rounds in a dry space is essential for the longevity of their use. If there is mold, mildew or any heavy moisture in the storage space, it will likely affect your ammo. Occasionally checking your stock of ammo for corrosion is also a good idea.
The ideal space for your ammo is in a temperature-controlled room like a closet in your home. Attics and basements are okay as long as the temperature variants and moisture levels are low. Some items that can help reduce moisture damage to your bullets:
- Silica gel packets
- Ammo containers with air-tight seals
Use High-Quality Ammo
Even though you may have to pay more upfront, high-quality ammunition is always preferable to lower grade ammunition. Make sure to purchase ammunition that is sealed and assess for any damage to the packaging or ammo. High-quality ammunition will last longer and is also more reliable.
Use the Proper Storage Containers
The best container for bullets is their unopened, original box. Keeping them in their manufacturer packaging helps to keep them labeled for organization and untouched by people. If you can’t use its manufactured case, ammo cans are a great way to store bullets. They are usually heavy-duty and can seal out any moisture. Other plastic containers, like organizing boxes and zip bags, help to keep the cartridges air-tight.
If you are going to use alternate packaging to the original box, make sure the containers are labeled. Labeling the date purchased, the caliber of bullet and manufacturer is good practice. This way, you can better rotate your ammunition, which helps to ensure your oldest stock is being used up.
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