How to Store Ammo

I keep my guns in one part of the house totally locked up and I keep the ammunition in another part of the house - Mike Leach

Any experienced gun owner will tell you that the way you store your ammunition is just as important as the way you store your guns.

Trying to use one without the other is like trying to hit a bullseye from a thousand yards out while blindfolded - it’s impossible.

That’s why you have to devote as much time and effort to storing and caring for your ammunition as you do to looking after your weapons.

There is a right way and a wrong way to store your ammo, and we’re going to tell you how you can do the former so you can avoid falling prey to the latter.

And if you store your ammo the right way, no matter what happens or what fate has in store for us, you’ll always be ready to face and meet any crisis or emergency head-on.

Only Keep What You Need

One of the mistakes that a lot of new gun owners always make, is that they tend to go overboard when they buy ammunition.

Holding on to too much ammo can be a costly mistake, and while there’s some truth in the old saying that having too much is always better than having too little, if you do buy too many rounds, you’re going to be faced with the problem of finding somewhere safe to store them.

Space is a premium that no-one can afford to waste, and it’s something that you really should consider when you’re stocking up on ammo.

It’s a delicate balancing act, knowing how much ammunition is enough to make sure that you always have an adequate supply to counter any threat that might appear on the horizon.

Our best advice? When you know how much room you have to store your ammunition safely and securely, purchase enough to fill the space that you have and no more. It’s better to have a little too much than not enough or too little.

Make Sure You Know What You Need

If you only have one handgun or rifle, then you’ll know exactly what sort of ammunition you’ll need already.

But if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably have more than one weapon and so you’ll need to ensure that you have enough ammunition for every gun you own. 

Again, purchase only what you have the room for, and divide the available space equally between the different types of ammunition that you need to store.

Another tip? Keep the different types of ammo separate from each other, don’t mix them up and that way you’ll know where all of the individual rounds that each of your weapons requires are, so you’ll be able to load them quickly and efficiently.

And if you can, always keep your ammunition in the boxes and containers that it was supplied in, as no-one knows how to keep ammo safe and store it correctly better than the manufacturer does.

Temperature Matters

Ammo doesn’t fare, or do, well in heat, and high levels of humidity and moisture are lethal to it. Any of those factors, or a combination of all three, can be the death knell for any stored ammunition.

Humidity and moisture can, over time, corrode shell casings and higher temperatures can speed that process up and reduce the effective shelf life, and usability of any rounds that you store.

The best place to store your ammo is in a cool, dark closet or dedicated space that can be easily secured with either a key or a padlock, so that you can easily, and quickly, access and use it.

There is a school of thought that rigidly adheres to the idea that you should store ammo in a secondary gun safe, but as opening one increases the time that it takes to access your ammo, we’ve never subscribed to that philosophy.

As long your chosen location is cool, dry, and isn’t located anywhere near areas where increased levels of humidity might be an issue (such as a bathroom) and can be easily secured and accessed, then your ammo will be safe until you want and need to use it.

And whatever you do, don’t worry about the settings on your thermostat and the temperature that your heating is set at. However hot or cold you like it, the daily temperatures in your home won’t pose a problem for your ammo, and are well within the parameters it was designed to cope, and deal, with.

Separate And Safe

We’re almost certainly not telling you anything that you don’t already know or aren’t already aware of, but it’s vitally important to store and secure your ammunition and weapons separately.

The only time that the two should even be in close proximity is when you’re going to use them.

And as you’ll definitely have at least one magazine either loaded in or ready to be loaded into your handgun, bringing the two together in the event of crisis shouldn’t really be problematic.

Quality And Quantity

Ammunition for any, and all, of your weapons, isn’t something that you should ever think about cutting financial corners on, or with.

The more expensive ammunition is, the better the quality of the rounds that you’ll be purchasing will be. And one of the unavoidable facts of life is that the more your ammo costs, the longer it’s going to last.

We’re not trying to force you into buying the most over-priced ammo on the shelf, but we would advise you to think carefully about the ammo that you purchase if you’re intending to store it for an extended period of time.

The best financial territory to operate in when you purchase any ammunition is the middle ground. Avoid the cheapest, steer clear of the most expensive, and always go for the sensible financial option. Trust us, it’ll pay off in the long run.

The Last Word on Ammo Storage

As long as you remember the three rules of basic ammo storage, safety, security, and temperature, you should be able to maximize the shelf and usable life of your ammunition.

And you'll be able to load and fire the rounds that you buy today a decade from now. 

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