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Old August 16th, 2013, 06:48 AM   #1
 
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Vacuum sealing your ammo

Has anyone tried to vacuum seal their ammo? I have been trinking about this for awhile. A home vacuum sealer isn't that strong. I think it would add a little extra protection.



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Temperature and humidity is more important to me. But most modern ammo will last a hundred years even stored in the worst of conditions so I'm not too concerned.
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Hmmm, my ammo doesn't sit on the shelf for years so I don't see an advantage. Now if you are in a high humid and hot environment maybe a good idea.
Of course if you want to really store it, vacuum seal it and then place it in a container of inert gas like nitrogen.
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Hmmm, my ammo doesn't sit on the shelf for years so I don't see an advantage. Now if you are in a high humid and hot environment maybe a good idea.
Of course if you want to really store it, vacuum seal it and then place it in a container of inert gas like nitrogen.
And then store it in a salt mine in Russia.
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Just this year I started vacuum sealing all my ammo, so I can't say if it helps. I know functionally, ammo will last for generations. I'm just hoping vacuum sealing will slow down or prevent the discoloration and minor corrosion that I found on some of my 20 year old + ammo.

Probably a moot point because I will be either dead or too old to shoot in another 20 years. But my kids and grand kids will be able to use it.......if shooting is still legal then.

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Just this year I started vacuum sealing all my ammo, so I can't say if it helps. I know functionally, ammo will last for generations. I'm just hoping vacuum sealing will slow down or prevent the discoloration and minor corrosion that I found on some of my 20 year old + ammo.

Probably a moot point because I will be either dead or too old to shoot in another 20 years. But my kids and grand kids will be able to use it.......if shooting is still legal then.
You might be sealing in a lot of moisture too.
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I tried it several years back with one my wife has, and I was kind of disappointed. I definitely would discourage you from investing any money in a vacuum sealer if you don't already use one in the kitchen. For the price of of the machine and a roll of good bags you could get 10-15 ammo cans from a gun show. The problems I had was if you VS(vacuum seal) the ammo in its original boxes, the boxes get deformed, and crushed. Also if you VS loose ammo any remotely sharp edge or point (think FMJ or ballistic tip rifle rounds and even the case rims) will possible perforate the VS bag. I VS most of my bulk ammo at that time some in boxes and some loose. Within a couple of months half of the VS bags lost their vacuum. Also you should think about how often you may want to get into the VS bags of ammo. Every time you have to cut open a bag and re-vacuum seal it, it will get much smaller.

Here is the last of my VS ammo 50rds 9mm loose obviously one of my more successfully sealed bags. It actually had a vacuum seal on 3 sides and it is about 2+ years old. Keep in mind my machine is fairly old, only has one vacuum setting, and I question if it even always makes a good seal every time so your results may very.
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I'm just saying that if you want to store it for awhile it should be worth it. If you already have the vacuum sealer. A little added protection. It wouldn't be a good idea to seal more than you would use at one time. So not to have to unseal and reseal. If your concern is humidity you could drop in a ozygen absorber. The cost is a fraction of a new box of ammo. If your one of the guys that buy and buy because of the shortage your not shooting all of your build up anyway.
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I haven't had any of the bags lose vacuum yet. If I seal up a 100 round value pack of 45 or 9mm and only use 50 rounds, I put the remainder in an MTM case and there is enough left of the original bag to reseal.

You can get high quality vacuum bags on Amazon for about $20 for a hundred. They are made by Weston and are cheaper than the FS bags and just as good. That's for the Quart size, 8" x 11 1/2". Perfect for a 100 round box. I cut them down some, length-wise, for the 50 round size to save storage space.

I guess I am OCD when it comes to that. I put the vacuum sealed packs into 50 cal ammo boxes and add a couple desiccant packs.
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This is a great idea for those who hunt waterfowl. Keep your spare ammo in the box and vacuum seal each box of 25. Now no matter how wet it gets, your ammo is dry.
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I put mine in 30cal or 20mm ammo cans and throw one of these in each can.
Remington Safe - EVA-DRY MOISTURE ABSORBER

I am vacuum sealing my primer boxes though. That way they are air tight until I am ready so use em.
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Man just get some 50 cal ammo cans with good seals and dont forget desiccant packs for humidity control, and leave them close....youll be good to go.
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I've VS several different caliber ammo over the past year as an added protection for long term storage. My sealer is a hand me down from my wife, as she upgraded to a better one. The ammo I sealed is stored in a place with no climate control, so what better way to add a little bit more protection from moisture. Depending on the caliber determines how much goes into each pack. 22lr is sealed at 150 rds, where as 223 has only 30 rds. I like the idea, but keep most unsealed in a climate controlled area.
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Man just get some 50 cal ammo cans with good seals and dont forget desiccant packs for humidity control, and leave them close....youll be good to go.
Ditto. Also put them into the cans when the humidity is low.
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Just a ZipLoc(tm) with a dessicant packet in the bag, packed in .50 cal ammo cans. But I have a friend who is a pretty severe prepper who vacuum seals and buries them in sealed caches (that I plan to raid if the time ever really does come...).

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