Proper Ammo Storage

I have said over and over again that you do not have enough ammunition.

I don’t have enough ammunition.

Our firearms are useless without it.

It ain’t cheap and .22LR  especially was dang nigh impossible to get around here locally for years.

The .22 Shorts you couldn’t find on the shelves around here for love nor money.

That is not an exaggeration.

Just recently have I seen .22LR coming back into supply and at a reasonable price.

Once in a while I see some of the Shorts.

That means I am buying it again and that means I have to store it.

Not only is ammo expensive, it gets bulky and it’s heavy.

I found this video to help explain the best way and conditions to store your ammo along with some things not to do.


There is a surprise bit of trivia in it that has to do with Red Headed people that I can’t vouch for scientifically but it’s good for a laugh and further ways to torment our favorite Gingers with.


Unfortunately, the gentleman who did the video has since passed away, which is a shame so thank goodness for video as the information he had is not lost.


12 thoughts on “Proper Ammo Storage

  1. “He who has the most ammo wins” – Anonymous

    Interesting video. And educational! I now know why when my wife touches my stuff it turns to shit.


  2. Back in about 2010, my mom was cleaning out some of my late dad’s stuff and wanted me to have his .25 Auto, a pocket pistol he carried while working nights in downtown Miami in the 60s. Dad had medically retired around ’70 or so, and I’m sure it hadn’t been fired more than once or twice and then not since later than ’70 (he passed away about ’81). A pocket .25 was what they lumped into the “Saturday night specials” that got banned in the GCA of ’68, so older than that. It had a box or two of ammo. Let’s say everything was from early ’68, but maybe older.

    I asked the gunsmith at my local shop what to do about it, and he asked if it was stored under air conditioning – yeah, as far as I know. He answered it was probably fine. I shot up all of it. No problems at all.

    No special precautions, no ammo cans with rubber gaskets, just sitting in a box in a room that was probably under air conditioning all the time. Except during weeks here and there in the winter.


  3. The only thing I’d not totally agree with him on is you have to be careful vacuum sealing ammo, there is air inside the cartridge and if you make a strong enough vacuum it will get out, dislodging either the bullet or primer. I just suck out most all the air and then seal it. If you have ever seen cases sealed in plastic it isn’t real tight because of that. If you are concerned about moisture left in the air inside the bag, just toss in a silicone dry pack before sealing it up.


  4. I wouldn’t grease the seal on an ammo can since oil and grease and solvents, all petroleum products, are primary actors in deactivating primers.


  5. I’ve found that military small arms ammo is surprisingly designed to be handled by complete cack-handed, numbwitted imbeciles with no active brain cells, two left feet and all thumbs in an environment that goes from -40 to +140 in two hours. So I don’t really treat that ammo any better than I treat the armadillo under the porch (I make sure not to hit either with the lawnmower and I don’t pee on either, also.) Never been unhappy with the performance, either.

    Now, effete civilian ammo, where performance is measured in microns, not morons, that stuff I treat a little better. More like the house cat. Leave it alone, don’t handle it unless it wants handling, and give it a nice dark spot to sleep in.

    Done this all my life, in humid Florida, and never been surprised.

    Heck, I’ve even washed and dried (accidentally) some high performance.40SW ammo that was in my pocket. Stuff still worked perfectly fine, after going through the big-assed old-style washer and dryer, laundry detergent and fabric softener and all. (Okay, didn’t intend to do it, but it was an accident. All my friends said the ammo was dead. I just had to try and was very surprised.)

    Long story short, ammo is, except for some of the cheapest crap out there, really rugged and built far better than most of us deserve.


  6. I would like to see a test of his idea on sealing the bullet crimp. It probably won’t cause any over pressure issues, but I don’t think I’ll just take his word for it.


  7. An old, non-working fridge or deep-freezer with an intact gasket and way to lock it seems like a good, cheap solution. Properly sanitize and dry the inside before using, to prevent odors. Add some silica gel or a ‘Golden-Rod’ safe dehumidifier, to keep things dry.


    • Just like they have stored welding rod at countless places for years around here because of the humidity, put a low wattage bulb inside and disable to door switch so that it’s on all the time.
      Keeps things nice and warm and dry.


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