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Posted: 8/22/2006 5:03:58 PM EDT
I'm sure I'm not the first the bring this up but a search yeilded nothing so I, here we are.  I am thinking about investing in one of thos vacuum packing/'Seal-a-meal' type machines and it occured to me that I could seal packs of ammo using it to keep it dry.  I was thinking of doing a few 'mini-battle packs' consisting of 30 rounds on stripper clips.  Then I could just open a pack and load magazine.  Any one else try this?
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 5:19:32 PM EDT
For what it's worth:

Loose ammo in sealed ammo cans will probably outlive you and vacuum packing isn't needed unless the ammo gets submerged under water.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 5:41:47 PM EDT
I've sealed a couple 500 round cases of Lake City in the past, and some pre-loaded Glock mags.   I did it so I could store them in a not so dry basement without worry of moisture getting in.

The only real issue is padding any mags or ammo, as when you seal it, the plastic tends to cut into it and ruin the seal either while you're sealing it, or shortly thereafter.

Also-  Check the seals every few months,  most stay good, but you'll eventually find a small percentage that lose their seal.

I generally don't seal them with a super strong vacumn, as I worry a little about pushing bullets back into the cases if the box really seals tight and the box compresses, which it will if you let it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 6:27:37 PM EDT
You may want to wrap the stripper clips with  something to keep the sharp edges and bullets tips from penetrating the vac bags. And as mentioned above, don't pull a hard vacuum. Good way to store ammo in your  get home or BOB.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:13:57 AM EDT
Thanks guys.  I hadn't really thought about the sharp edges.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 6:17:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 8:28:38 AM EDT
Another +1 for ammo cans. I think there's a section on vacuum sealing in the Ammo Oracle IIRC.
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