View Full Version : Long Term Storage, Pistol Ammo: beyond dessicants

12-29-2010, 9:24 PM
airtight can, desiccants,and oxygen absorbers... but what about the can and the ammo itself?

So, let's say I have 1000 rounds of bulk, cheap, pistol ammo in a 30 cal "skinny" ammo can. No boxes, since it didn't come with any.

If we're talking long term storage (say, 5 years), is there a chance of the ammo on the bottom of the can being distorted by the weight on top of it?

is the brass harmed by contact with the painted steel of the can?

I was thinking the acid-free "rag" matting would make a good can liner, it's not exactly soft, but it's got to be softer then steel, and it's about as non-corrosive as a material can be. I figure $10 worth of matting to protect a few hundred bucks of ammo is a good deal.

12-29-2010, 9:31 PM
I'd just throw the ammo into the can. Then do whatever You plan to do for moisture control. Maybe toss in a chunk of dry ice with the lid loose, then lock it down after the ice melted most of the way displacing the oxygen in the can with carbon dioxide.