Ammo storage

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  1. Tye

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    Good day folks the questions is. Has anyone ever thought of or used coolers as in portable cooler for long term ammo storage? My thought is for the most part it is somewhat water tight and would keep the inside at a somewhat constant temp. I'm not talking about burying them just storage in like your garage somewhere what might not be temp controlled as much. Thanks
     
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    Should work, but I would keep a few silica packets or some other form dehumidifier in it just as an added precaution.
     
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    I use the smaller tool boxes made for attaching to work trucks. They have a rubber seal and holes in the bottom, which I use to secure it to the concrete floor. Built in flush mounted lock system. I think they are 2x2x3 approximately. I have two stacked with dehumidifier.
     
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    I have an ammo can from the military.
     
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    My biggest issue is the swing in temp it can be high 90 in summer and single digits in winter my garage isn't heated or cooled
     
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    The tool box option would probably fit in a closet. Mite have to keep your shoes or something in the garage though.
     
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    I use a Knaack jobsite box. Sits in a garage bolted to the floor. 100 degree summer to below 0 winters.
    So far in 10 years , I haven't had any problems. :)
     
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    What caliber and what loads ? And when do you plan to have shot all the ammo in the box ?
     
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    For me it’s all calibers and when needed or if needed.
    It will keep. Your point of aim may change based on the temp.
    Now, powder storage is another item altogether.
     
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    My cooler sometimes gets condensation when the seasons change. I keep it in my shed. No way I would store ammo in it.
     
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    Mine is the floor of the gun safe. It’s ballast.
     
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    I use regular metal ammo cans.
     
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    Metal and plastic ammo cans (some have desicant, some not) in attic, wide temps but not drastic (in a short time span) so not overly concerned with condensation. Shotgun slugs and rifle/pistol ammo. Fine shot in tool boxes in basement (constant temps) Black powder and pyrotechnics in plastic ammo cans in basement
     
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    I use ammo cans, and the ammo cans are kept in a locking aluminum truck tool box a friend gave me, this tool box is secured to the floor of my garage which also locks. Temperatures are pretty consistent here from summer to winter but I wouldn't woory about gradual seasonal changes. What would be more of a concern would be drastic daily changes. When I lived on Maui at my elevation of 4000 feet the temperature could vary 40 degrees from night to day. I know desert temperatures can vary even more. That being said I don't honesty recall my ammo not functioning due to any condensation. I still have some ball ammo Korean war vintage that works great in my 1903 Springfield. I think my dad bought this ammo before I was born in the late 1950s still in original ammo can.
     
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    I keep my reloading powder in a cooler on the north side of the garage on the floor, but my summer temps are a little higher than yours most likely. I started doing it around 7 years ago after finding that a pound of H110 had gone bad at some point, although it had been opened and dragged around the country for years, at one point spending 3 years in an uninsulated shed in Phoenix. Haven't had any other issues before or since. Ammo lives in cans or boxes.
     
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    Friend has used dead refrigerators for 30+ years. Seals and insulation are still good, many shelves and crannies, and people give 'em away.
     
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    Whatever temperature the room is, it will soon be the same in the cooler - unless you plan on putting ice in there in summer and replenishing too. I don't think it will hurt - but it won't help either. Best to put it in ammo cans in a more temperature controlled environment - especially if you're looking at high summer temps. Crawl space or basement may be better than a garage. An attic is about the worst choice in summer.
     
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    I used an old freezer in my basement for guns and ammo. It was ancient and bulletproof. It was in the house when I bought it because nobody wanted to remove it!
     
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    Thats a pretty normal temperature swing for most of the middle of the country. In ND, we can see 105* down to -40* in a six month span.

    NDs record high and low temps are 121* and -60* respectively!
     
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    I just use the steel ammo cans from Walmart. Bought em for about $8 each. They come with a gasket to seal them. I keep them in my storage room which is outside. Never had an issue and we get wet springs, hot humid summers, and can get below freezing and very dry winters.
     
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    A cooler would might provide some temporary protection against daily environmental swings, but not much else. It sounds like it would work for you, though. Other options: In original boxes on closet shelving or in furniture drawers, tupperware totes, ammo cans, plastic ammo boxes, coffee containers, loaded magazines, etc. Whatever you do, keep them out of excessive heat and try to limit humidity.
     

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