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Posted: 9/17/2001 12:40:14 PM EDT
Is it a good idea to put a silica gell packet in the ammo cans with the ammo to get rid of any moisture? We have huge packets of it that come with our equipment so it wouldnt cost me anything. Thanks Scott
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 12:47:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 1:08:12 PM EDT
Does anybody know the proper procedure to re-activate silica gel? My gun safe came with 4 large packets I'd like to recharge.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 1:11:15 PM EDT
From what I remember you bake it in the oven.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 1:15:56 PM EDT
Yes, you bake it in the oven at relatively low temperature (around 200). just enough to remove the moisture from the cell. This is great stuff to put in your ammo cans. Got some big ones in mine just for this.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 1:16:28 PM EDT
240 degrees for a minimum of three hours works very well for me.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 5:15:23 PM EDT
Other than saving the silica packs that come in some boxes, does anyone know where you can buy the small ones (to put in ammo cans)?
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 5:37:28 PM EDT
Brown-Cor [URL]http://www.browncor.com[/URL] and Uline [URL]http://www.uline.com[/URL] sell "desiccant" packets by the boxful. I've also heard that kitty litter is a pretty good desiccant. Also, dried rice seems to work pretty well (like they put in salt shakers to keep the salt from clumping in humid weather).
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 5:43:39 PM EDT
You should be able to find them at any gun show. Also, check out "Cheaper than Dirt"
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 8:12:09 PM EDT
Check out a motorcycle shop. I get a lot from the Harley dealers here. The bikes come packed in crates with several large bags. These can be opened up and put into a small cannister with pin prick holes. They used to throw them away, now they are saved for me. 2002 bikes are at the dealers now so go get some..
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 10:20:45 PM EDT
Dessicants attract and retain moisture. You want to attract and retain moisture in your ammo for what reason again?
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 10:23:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2001 10:23:48 PM EDT by Confederate]
If your ammo cans are in good shape, they should seal when closed, you should not need anything else.[:D]
Link Posted: 9/18/2001 5:19:34 AM EDT
Every time you open the box a little more moisture gets in. These little packs absorb it, if you're lucky. Next time you go shopping with the wife or girlfriend, just check the pockets of the coats and jackets. If you go to the right store,,, PAYDIRT.
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