You’re stocked up. You’ve got guns for protection and for hunting. You’ve got the ammo to go with it. Now, how do you store it for best long-term use?
There are three things that are bad for your guns and ammo. Moisture, heat and time spent under those circumstances.
- Buy Quality Ammo When buying ammunition go for the good stuff. Low quality bullets/cartridges/shells are typically cheaper for a reason. Buy ammo that’s current. No one wants to buy the dusty dirty box that’s been on the back of the shelf for who knows how long. It’s time on the shelf (or at a yard sale) doesn’t come with a guarantee that it’s been stored properly over the years.
2. First in First Out Like your long-term food storage, your ammunition should be rotated so that you’re using the oldest first. This is the reason you label your storage containers.
3. Dry Conditions The best method of storing that ammo is in plastic bags in a sealed container with a rubber seal. Ever used a vacuum sealer on a box of ammo? Doing so will certainly keep moisture out! This keeps water out should your storage area be flooded.
4. Temperature Control Your sealed containers should be stored in a cool, dark location such as an interior closet, a temperature controlled garage as extreme temperatures can also cause damage over time.
5: Want extra protection? Use a dessicant in the containers. You can buy these in bulk, they’re much like the ones used in your long-term food storage.
6. DIY Learn how to reload your own ammo. This avoids having to store large amounts and nets you a skill worth having.
These same principles apply to your firearms as well. They should be stored away from heat, moisture and light.