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Ammo storage ???

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by ColtCarbine, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Recently picked up this case of Yugoslavian .308 that was opened 6 months ago. Ammo pictured is typical of the boxes I've opened, some the cardboard boxes have some discoloration.

    If I transfer the ammo to G.I. ammo cans, How long will it keep?

    How much dessiccant should I put in the ammo can?

    Should I shoot it and not consider storing it?

    The guy I purchased it from said his bolt guns fired every round but his FALS had a few FTF.

    Is this typical of this ammo or was it just his FAL?

    Usually I educate myself prior to a purchase, that wasn't possible on this purchase. I hope I didn't waste $60 on it.
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  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    it looks sealed primers are colored, typical of the ammo with the FTF.
    SA is about the only decent Mil surp on the market that works ok.
    I think it was the India stuff is super nasty.
  3. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I don't put dessicant with my ammo but I don't live in high humidity either. I keep all my ammo and reloading supplies inside in my office closet on a Gorilla Rack.

    It should last a while seeing that it already has! :)
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Shoot a batch to see if it is reliable before doing much else. Dig around in the crate and pull out a handful or two from various spots in the box. That should give you an idea of what you have. Looks like it has already been wet. If you are in a dry climate or have a dry place to keep it, don't bother with dessicant. If storing it, seal it up on a dry day and don't sweat it --
  5. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member


    The lacquer is discolored which is usually an indicator that the rounds have gotten wet. The usual color for the sealant on the primers is a red or green. This doesn't necessarly mean that it won't fire but there could be a possibility. Ghrit has some good advice about grabbing some rounds from various parts of the case and go shoot it.
    As far as storing it, if you use a good ammo can with a seal intact it shouldn't need any desicant. I might leave it out in the open for a couple of days to make sure that any moisture that might have been in the cardboard or any other part has a chance to evaporate but after that just pack it up and periodically check it.
    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  6. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    As far as the ammo getting wet, I would imagine that happened after the galvanized container was opened, unless it wasn't integretable to begin with. The guy said getting the soldered galvanized lid off was a bitch.

    I will take the advice on shooting ammo from different boxes to check reliability. Since I live in a high humidity environment, fall is here, I'll have to fire up the woodstove to dry it out before storing, if it's worth storing.

    Thanks to all for the replies. :cool:
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