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Am I the only one that is concerned by a fire?

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Maybe my years as a volunteer firefighter just has me thinking of strange and rare circumstances?
I don't think that ammunition explodes in a fire. Without a chamber around the cartridge to maintain pressure I believe they just expand a bit and pop.
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I don't think that ammunition explodes in a fire. Without a chamber around the cartridge to maintain pressure I believe they just expand a bit and pop.
You are correct, but I think he was more worried about the monetary loss then the actual danger.
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You are correct, but I think he was more worried about the monetary loss then the actual danger.
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Many offices use fire proof filling cabinets for storing important documents. I use the four drawer version to store my ammo. One of the reasons I do this is to protect first responders and fire fighters in the event of a fire.

If nothing else it works great for organization and storing ammo
...left me with the impression some were concerned with a spectacular explosion of shrapnel.
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I'm not in a wild fire area. But if I was I would still store it all in one place, atleast the bulk of it. Where else would I store that I could keep it safe? I would also make it where if I had to get out of dodge I could grab it quick and move it.
I keep a couple cans in my trunk along with some Glock and AR mags.

I have about a quarter of my ammo supply in my garage.

Another quarter in a storage unit.

The remaining half is split between my bedroom, basement and back porch.

I have seen and been in enough house fires that I believe that in the event of a house fire the entire structure is not normally totally destroyed.
You fall asleep in bed with a smoke and maybe the entire upstairs goes up but the bottom floor might just suffer water damage.

If something like a tornado would hit, which is really rare in my area, at least what is in the basement and storage unit would hopefully be saved.

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Hmm interesting point, for me I don't live in a wild fire zone but it does remain a possibility no matter where you are. Realistically though I don't have any where else to stick it and if my house did burn down it would get every thing else too so I'd be stuck having to rebuild every thing else off the insurance money so ammo would just be another thing to worry about.
This is where my thoughts on the entire home burning to the ground is not something that happens very often (unless one lives in a secluded area away from first responders).
Just splitting up your stock between a couple different rooms could make a difference.

For example, I keep my ammo (and extra magazines, silver, etc...) in the basement in vac bags inside 50 cal cans.
In the case of a fire, basements typically will fill with water and even if the house burns totally down IMO Ithat ammo would survive.

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I don't think that ammunition explodes in a fire. Without a chamber around the cartridge to maintain pressure I believe they just expand a bit and pop.
Ammo will not explode, but if it starts to burn off it can create more fuel.
Bulk reloading supplies are what always worried me, particularly in my area where muzzleloading is popular.
The cans are designed to split rather than blow, but way too many people store their blackpowder improperly IMO.
My powders are stored in wooden boxes inside their original containers.


High temps in the vicinity of your ammo can degrade it.


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You are correct, but I think he was more worried about the monetary loss then the actual danger.
^^^ This is what I was mainly getting at.
Your home burns and you get insurance money sure, but now you are out thousands of dollars of ammo you may have a hard time replacing.

I can't justify storing all my SHTF supplies in one spot.
I feel pretty comfortable with it being split up, monetarily and logistically.
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