How much ammo do I need to store for SHTF?
Both types of ammo are highly essential for SHTF. For defense, you should stock up a minimum of 500 rounds of defensive ammo for your shotgun, approximately 2000 rounds for your rifle and finally 1000 rounds for your handgun.
Does ammo need to be stored at room temperature?
The ideal storage temperatures is between 55°F and 85°F. In addition to avoiding high temperatures, extreme cold can also affect your ammunition (although it’s less likely). What’s more likely to hinder the performance of your ammo is temperature fluctuations.
How are you supposed to store ammunition?
When choosing an ammo storage location, shoot for dark, dry and cool — not cold. A closet inside a home is ideal. I would, however, avoid extremes such as basement storage or storing ammo in the attic. Normal fluctuations in household temperatures are OK.
Is it bad to store ammo loose?
Generally, loose ammo is pretty safe, because the primer has to be directly struck with a decent amount of force, and when it happens, they are not very dangerous. Because of this, you won’t need to worry about your ammo going off when stored correctly in a cool, dry place, away from any fire hazards.
Can 50 year old shoot ammo?
Generally, yes. If factory centerfire cartridges are stored in a dry, cool place with low humidity, preferably in an airtight container, they can have an amazingly long shelf life. Many ballistics experts who have shot tens of thousands of rounds over the years report shooting 20- to 50-year-old ammo with no problems.
Is it better to store ammo in boxes or loose?
It is better to store ammunition in a box to keep the ammo organized and prevent movement. A box keeps ammo safe and unexposed to humidity and moisture, preventing corrosion of the brass coating. Proper storage is a crucial factor in the safety of ammo and guns.
Why are hollow point bullets illegal in war?
The Hague Convention of 1899, Declaration III, prohibited the use in international warfare of bullets that easily expand or flatten in the body. It is a common misapprehension that hollow-point ammunition is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, as the prohibition significantly predates those conventions.