Originally Posted by upgrayedd
How well do ammo cans work? How much moisture will they repel? How long will they keep their seal for? Will dessicant gel packs work well as "insurance" in ammo cans to keep the moisture away?
Can ammo cans safely be buried? for how long?
Ammo cans work well enough for the military!
They will be all you need for as long as you need it. I can't honestly say you would want to bury an ammo can, but as long as the paint isn't chipped it would last a LONG time. Longer than you would need it to last.
Bury ammo? Keep it from prying eyes? Like WHO? Aliens? Seriously, Hollywood aside, I can't imagine a realistic scenario in the CONUS that you would need to worry about it. Seriously.
Now if you just want to stock up for zombie/alien invasions, I suppose you could simply paint the cans a "neutral" color like navy blue or something like that so they aren't all army green. That would keep stupid neighbors from freaking out from all your "army stuff" you have.
Really the only thing to worry about with ammo cans is possible heavy rust or a crimped gasket. Both are readily identified and corrected. The bent-up ammo cans can be easily bent out with channel locks to put the top back in contact with the gasket. Dessicant packs would be irrelevant if bullets are properly handled. If you fondled all your ammo enough, you could get goop from your hands to rub off and lead to long-term corrosion, I suppose. But we're talking a LONG time for that to happen. Police have carried ammo exposed to the elements on leather - LEATHER! - ammo belts for years. Only once every blue moon does the cartridge interact with the ingredients in the leather (or atmosphere) and corrode. The vast majority of people on the reloading forums agree that waterproofing ammunition is not necessary in all but the ost extreme of situations, like shotgun ammo in a wet climate like Alaska. Most areas further South just don't have enough moisture to cause ammo to spoil.
Me, I live in an area prone to hurricanes. One directly hit this area 5 years ago, so I know for a fact there won't be any katrina-style mandatory evacuations. If ever that happens again, my ammo boxes will still be here taking up space in my garage.
Oh BTW, g2busmc has a BUNCH of ammo boxes for sale in the classifieds. Some may need a spot of paint, but you can't have too many
I have an ample supply of food on shelving in my garage. Get some airtight, food-grade 5 gallon buckets from a restaraunt and you're all set.
Water? A 55 gallon drum in the back yard, right beside the rain water collection barrel. Looks like just another rain barrel. Found a good deal on them at a surplus store that was selling them as paintball barriers. A slight smell of peppers, but they will do the trick in a pinch.