The Quick Way to Ruin Otherwise Good .223 Bulk Ammo

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The .223 Remington is a fairly affordable cartridge, even by modern standards, and since so many sporting firearms are chambered in this and similar calibers, it’s a great, low-cost cartridge for training, plinking, drilling, and high-volume target shooting, though it has other applications as well.

This makes it a prime candidate for bulk purchases, but be warned. This article contains the easiest way to destroy your investment in otherwise quality .223 bulk ammo.

If you buy in bulk, don’t set back the purchase by ruining your ammo as a result of exposure to any of the following conditions.

Let It Get Wet

Fun fact: ammo can actually get wet, even dunked in water. As long as it gets dried off immediately and thoroughly before attempting to fire it, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

However, long-term exposure to moisture or water (either way) will spell doom for ammo. The presence of moisture can not only cause a degradation of the primer and propellant, but of the casing and the bullet.

First, let’s talk about the casing. They’re usually made from brass, which is corrosion-resistant, not corrosion proof. Big difference. If it’s steel cased, as some .223 is, forget it.

Now, the bullet – it’s jacketed with copper right? Copper is a reactive metal. It wants to rust, and moisture is little more than a catalyst.

So, by all means, keep your ammo completely dry. Humidity is the enemy.

Let It Get Hot

Heat is also a destroyer of ammunition. This is because at elevated temperatures, both the primer and propellant break down.

The temperature at which you can safely store it will depend on what primer and propellant are actually used in the cartridge, but rest assured, once temperatures get north of 150℉, that ammo will sustain damage.

Sound too hot to be reasonable? Think again. Your car or truck, or just the trunk, can easily get that hot in the summer. Therefore, don’t leave any ammo in there for too long, and especially not in the summer.

Truthfully, it’s not a good place to store ammo not only because of the wide temperature swings  but because of the potential exposure to high humidity, too.

Store It in the Right Place

Here’s the truth. There are a whole lot of places that you should never store ammo, bulk or otherwise.

Here are the worst of the worst:

  • In the car or trunk: Temperatures get too extreme and there’s no protection against moisture.
  • In the crawl space: The same concern applies here that applies to storing in a car. The other problem is crawl spaces, which often lie along the ground and with no moisture barrier, do nothing to prevent moisture intrusion.
  • In the basement: Unless your basement is finished, skip it, especially if it is too humid.
  • In the attic: It might not be too humid in the attic, but our guess is that in the summer it’s way too hot up there to store ammo.
  • In the shed: Storing ammo in the shed offers it little to no protection against moisture or extreme temperatures, so skip this spot.

As you can see, there are plenty of places you don’t want to store ammo, and lamentably, plenty of people probably do store their ammo in those places.

Don’t be one of them.

Need a New Supplier of .223 Bulk Ammo?

Here because you spelled doom for a previous haul of .223 bulk ammo by not storing it properly? You wouldn’t be the first. Now you know better.

Get your replacement stock at Bucking Horse Outpost. They carry .223 as well as other popular calibers, like 9mm and .22LR in bulk. Stock up there and this time store it right!


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