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Just curious about this since I've been hording a little bit of ammo. Should it be safe for storage in my basement if they are in .50 Cal Ammo Cans?




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Probably wouldn't hurt to put some desicant packs in the can(s) to help absorb moisture.
They're pretty cheap too. http://silicagelpackets.com/
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Ditto what was said above. I've got some 7.62x39 that's been sitting in my garage since the 90's and it still fires like a champ.
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Just curious about this since I've been hording a little bit of ammo. Should it be safe for storage in my basement if they are in .50 Cal Ammo Cans?

You have basement?

A basement in N. Texas can play hell on things susceptible to moisture damage, ammo included. Temperature fluctuations cause condensation build up quickly, and often.

That said, the desiccant packages (as mentioned) would probably reduce the damage significantly. Also, a de-humidifier is another option for the winter/spring months.


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It's a bitch to get off once you need the ammo, but cosmoline will preserve anything metal. Half the milsurp 7.62x54R on the planet is from recently dug up stashes from WWII. I know a guy that bought a SBC that'd been slimed back in the '60s at a government auction not too long ago, and when he hot-tanked it, it turned out to be brand new, never even installed.

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Ammo cans and a desicant packs are what I use, if it's not still air sealed in something else.
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You have basement?

A basement in N. Texas can play hell on things susceptible to moisture damage, ammo included. Temperature fluctuations cause condensation build up quickly, and often.

That said, the desiccant packages (as mentioned) would probably reduce the damage significantly. Also, a de-humidifier is another option for the winter/spring months.


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Not really a basement but it's below the house but sorta still on ground level. I live on a hill and the main floor is on top of the hill, the "basement" is on the bottom of the hill but is not underground. Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, thanks for the info guys. I'll buy some desicant packs for the ammo cans.




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Make sure your cans have a good gasket around them or it wont matter.
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Make sure your cans have a good gasket around them or it wont matter.
Thanks David, I'll check that tonight.




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Make sure your cans have a good gasket around them or it wont matter.
True, and rubbing a little saddle soap (or similar) on the gasket wouldn't hurt either, but would also help preserve it.


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