Who can truly call himself or herself a prepper without a mass amount of ammo right? With the plethora of opportunities on calibers, frame sizes, etc., we must be able to have adequate ammo for the ever-lurking threat of war, famine, or disease. Having lived in South Mississippi all of my life until four years ago, I came to a sickening reality during Hurricane Katrina when Martial Law was declared and humans became “unruly”.
One could easily say that Katrina changed the life of my wife and I forever and we swore, from that point forward, that we would never allow ourselves to be victims to water shortage, food shortage and ammo shortage ever again. Bulking ammo is necessary but how do you store it long term to fortify the integrity of the ammunition components? I have stored my own ammo now for years and done it on a mass level with a minimal income because I learned how to store it myself easily and being budget conscious.
Steps to being an ammo hoarder
The first step to becoming a good ammo hoarder is that you must first consolidate your ammo selections. This is a hard issue for some folks to come to terms with, but one of the worst situations to be in is to have dozens of different ammo types that are exotic rounds. It is important to remember that in a survival situation that crazy ammunition types like 7mm Mag or a 300 Ultra Mag isn’t going to be ammo in mass supply. Also the costs of large caliber rifle rounds are extremely expensive to purchase as well. So unless you’re a millionaire, the probability of being able to bulk on heavy caliber ammunitions is not feasible when on a tight budget.
We must bear in mind that it is necessary that we consolidate to ammunition calibers that are in mass supply and has a higher probability to be found in an apocalyptic scenario. Which is more probable to find: a 9mm Luger round or a 357 Sig round? 9mm would be much more probable to find because of its volume of production in the good ole US of A and the fact that it is a United Nations Peace Force caliber for their sidearm. I know this might seem to be a little out of the question for some, but ammo consolidation allows for bulking in a simpler means. I have personally chosen 5 major ammunitions that I bulk to consolidate expenditures while purchasing ammunition.
5 Major Ammunitions that I store
The 5 major ammunitions that I believe that every prepper should have are the following:
- 5.56mm Nato
- 12 gauge
Each of these calibers have been chosen due to several factors:
- The availability of the ammo – Locally available, easy to find, common round to your neck of the woods
- The use of the ammo – hunting round, self-defense, long range
- The ability of the ammo – Distance, Projectile size, Velocity of Projectile
Now that consolidation has been covered, let us discuss
Ammunition Storage: 3 Simple Steps to Ammo Storage
- Ammo Can – Mil Spec
- First, when purchasing the ammo cans, be sure it’s not rusted on the outside or inside. If rusted, either search for better-shape cans or simply get a steel brush, prep surface, and paint inside of can with heat resistant paint. Paint assists in barrier process and prevents future corrosion, which can affect ammo stores.
- Second, verify that rubber ring that seals the lid and realm of the can is in good shape. It the rubber ring is hanging out, simply apply some Gorilla Glue to surface and put ring back in place. Then close the lid and lock it down for 30 minutes. When you return the lid is ready to roll. Also if the rubber facing of seal is cracked or a little worn, add a thin layer of Petroleum Jelly to the surface to moisten the rubber. The jelly will help to maintain a watertight seal against moisture and temperature change. ALWAYS store ammo cans in a cool, dry place such as a closet. I have personal friends that have gun safes specifically for their ammo stores with dehumidifiers. There again, it’s all about the size of your bank account.
- Material barrier placed between ammo and can wall
- You do not want the ammo touching the wall of ammo can if you can prohibit it. I use paper towels to make the barrier between the ammo and ammo can wall.
- You can also use old towels, t-shirt, paper towels, or heavy mil plastic i.e. trash bag
- Moisture absorbent – Cheap Or Expensive? That is the question…
- Rice – I, personally, use rice because it’s cheap, easy to find, and could be, in the worst-case scenario, a small food source. Again I reiterate a worst-case scenario situation . I was actually taught this by a friend of mine that was a Marine during Vietnam and he told me that they would toss a half a handful of rice in grenade and ammo cans to prohibit the monsoon seasons from ruining their dry stored ammo. Rice was definitely not a commodity during the Vietnam War that was in short supply. Simple!
- Silica Gel Packs can be bought on Amazon or some other website simply by use of Google but there is also a possible supply that may cost you nothing. All it may cost you is a phone call. Most large furniture stores have to buy their stock in bulk. The bulk boxes always have Silica Gel Packs in them to assist in moisture prevention so that the furniture will not warp while in storage. The packs are often discarded as trash so you would actually be doing them a favor and resolving your ammo storage needs that you may have. I know this to be a possible supply because my wife works at a furniture store and has been able to provide dozens of Silica Gel Packs for my ammo-storing endeavors. As the old saying goes, “ One man’s trash is another man’s ammo storage resolution”