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Posted: 11/10/2003 6:38:39 PM EDT
Should I store ammunition sealed in battlepacks, or should I open the pack and store it in a can with dessicant?
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 7:01:28 PM EDT
Your choice... I do both. I have the battlepacks stored, then 500 or 1000 rounds loosely packed in ammo cans ready to be used.
Link Posted: 11/10/2003 9:31:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/14/2003 8:22:01 PM EDT by Easticle]
Stuff such as the South African 5.56 ammo that comes sealed in 300 round battlepacks does not need to be opened - just stash it away in a good quality ammo tin (you don't need dessicant under these circumstances). If the battlepack is already opened, I just take what's not used and put it inside a suitably sized zip-lok bag and stash it away until my next range session happens. (corrected for spelling)
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 4:26:59 AM EDT
I leave the portuguese 7.62 ammo that comes in battle packs sealed until I am ready to shoot it. Since its air tight already and packaged for to sit on a shelf for 50 or so years I feel I should leave it as is. Now for loose boxes of xm193 or q313a i definetly throw them on stripper clips into bandoliers inside an ammo can with a dessicant or two. I see no need to waste ammocans by breaking down battle packs and filling them with the ammo unless you have no other "loose" ammo to shoot.
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 5:58:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Hoplite: I leave the portuguese 7.62 ammo that comes in battle packs sealed until I am ready to shoot it. Since its air tight already and packaged for to sit on a shelf for 50 or so years I feel I should leave it as is. Now for loose boxes of xm193 or q313a i definetly throw them on stripper clips into bandoliers inside an ammo can with a dessicant or two. I see no need to waste ammocans by breaking down battle packs and filling them with the ammo unless you have no other "loose" ammo to shoot.
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Exactly what he said.
Link Posted: 11/11/2003 9:16:49 AM EDT
Thanks all, it seems the concensus is to leave the battlepacks sealed until ready to use.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 7:39:09 PM EDT
The only problem I could see is that sometimes battlepacks will have small holes in the pvc due to the process of shipping and/or handling. I had this problem on some SA where the packs were shippped in a cardboard box. When the box was delivered to my door, it looked like someone had taken a bat to it. Anyway, some of the packs had been compromised as a result of UPS beating the sh*t out of my package. As far as SA battlepacks go, if you are worried about moisture, 7 of them will fit perfectly into a ammo can for linked 40mm grenades (and I mean perfectly, you would swear the can was designed for this purpose). The can looks like a smaller version of the big 20mm ammo cans, with two latches and diagonal ribs on the side of the can for reinforcement. The cans are hard to find though, wish I had bought more of them when I had the chance.
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