Tips For Storing And Transporting Ammo

If you own a firearm of any kind, you probably have a supply of ammunition, too. While safe storage and handling of your firearm is obviously imperative, safe storage and handling of your ammo are also important. Unfortunately, most gun owners do not place much emphasis on how to properly store and transport their ammunition. This can lead to a variety of issues including malfunctioning ammo, legal woes, and dangerous accidents. This guide and your local state/federal government will help you learn the proper techniques for storing and transporting your ammunition.


Storing your ammo does not have to become an overwhelming task. The key is to make sure it is always dry and cool.

Moisture is a problem for ammo and your firearms, but you may be surprised by the types of moisture that may affect your ammo. Obviously, submerging your ammo in water is not smart, since this amount of moisture will basically ruin your ammo. However, even small amounts of moisture lingering in the air of your home can damage your ammunition.

High levels of humidity in the home can rust your ammo, affecting its overall function. If you notice a greenish discoloration or actual spots of rust, your ammo has already begun to corrode.

Proper heating and cooling of your home will help you maintain healthy humidity levels, which will protect your firearms and ammo. You can also purchase specialized storage containers for your ammo.

Ammo cans are designed to keep out moisture. These storage containers feature rubber seals, which seal the cans to prevent even the smallest amount of moisture from seeping in.

Extreme temperatures can also wreak havoc on your ammo. Of course, it is important to note that any extreme temperatures will not cause the ammo to spontaneously fire, but very hot and very cold temperatures can affect the function of your ammo.

Where the ammo is stored inside your home also matters. Never store your guns and ammo in a bathroom, laundry room, attic, or basement.

Nitroglycerin is a common ingredient found in your ammo. In very hot conditions, nitroglycerin turns into a gas form, which can easily seep out of the ammo cartridge. This leads to a pressure imbalance in the cartridge, which negatively affects the firing ability of the round.

If you live in an area that experiences temperatures over 100 degrees, avoid storing your ammo in your car, garage, attic, or outdoor shed.


Whether you are moving or packing up for a hunting trip away from home, you will most likely need to transport your ammo at one point in time. Fortunately, your ammo can stay safe, conditioned, and functional while transporting it to your desired location.

In most cases, you will be transporting your firearms at the same time and in the same manner as your ammo. Because there are specific state and federal rules that apply when transporting firearms, use these same guidelines for transporting firearms and ammo together.

To transport firearms legally, make sure they are stored in your trunk or cargo space so they are not easy to access. The firearms should also be unloaded and stored in a case. Ammo should be stored in the trunk/cargo space, as well, but placed in a special container or storage case designed for ammo.

Once you arrive to your location, the state's specific laws will apply regarding how to properly store and carry your firearm.

Even though it may seem overwhelming and unnecessary, protecting your ammo with ease is possible. This guide will help you store and transport your ammunition in a safe, simple, and legal manner.