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    Hey all,

    My father and I have been discussing gun safes lately, as we have both recently gotten new ones. Anyway, we have read that it is considered poor practice by some to store batteries and ammo in your safe, although, we both know it is a common practice. The argument for those that support this theory is, in the event of a fire (God forbid), it essentially turns your safe into a bomb. Opinions?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    Re: Safe Opinions

    I have been storing ammo in my safe for years. I don`t buy that storing ammo in a safe would make it like a bomb in case of fire, if your safe is fire proof it can take a lot of heat, plus as heavy duty as a good safe is I think it would take a lot of ammo to blow it up. Just my 2 cents!
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    Re: Safe Opinions

    it seems like it would be quite the opposite. most people I know that own safes store their ammo in it. if it's fire resistant, then it will take much longer for the ammo to heat up to the point of cooking off and it seems like you could also direct fire department to the safe so they can hose it down first and keep it from reaching that critical temperature.

    I guess even if it did reach the point of cooking off, hopefully the thickness of the safe would help to slow down the rounds (or even stop them) and prevent injury. regardless, if fire is that much of a concern, get a bomb shelter.
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    Re: Safe Opinions

    Your safe would need to be packed pretty tightly with ammo to cause any big concern. I would be more worried about rounds left in the chamber of guns in the safe. Should they cook off they could generate enough pressure to be dangerous.




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    Thanks for the input guys. We were of the same opinion. I store my ammo in my safe and, quite frankly, never really considered this as a threat for some of the reasons you guys mentioned. Seems extremely unlikely to me that it should be an issue at all.
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    Well is there any documented cases of a safe exploding due to ammo storage in a fire or high temperature situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSkiff™
    Your safe would need to be packed pretty tightly with ammo to cause any big concern. I would be more worried about rounds left in the chamber of guns in the safe. Should they cook off they could generate enough pressure to be dangerous.
    EXACTLY!!!
    first I do not store batteries in my safe because they may leak, ammo oh yea!
    Modern smokeless powder is a propellant not an explosive and so unless it is conatined then it is not really very dangerous.
    so actually a badly fitted safe would be safer as it would bleed off any built up pressures.
    secondly if the room gets hot enough to set off the powder in ammuniton then more than likely the safe has fell through the floor into the basement of lower floor anyway.
    as Big notes the only real ammunition that is a danger in a fire is pretty much the one in the chamber (in revolvers) possibly the couple in the cylinder that is not blocked by the frame.
    the rest of the ammo is going to split the cases if it does get hot enough to light off (remember unsupported cases) and the projectile is pretty much going to stay and the brass is going to shoot across the room(the projectile weighs more than the case) if it even does that.
    while it is unnerving to hear ammunition go off in a fire it only scares those unfamiliar with what is going to happen.
    gasoline is a lot more dangerous in your house/garage than gunpowder or ammunition is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors
    and the projectile is pretty much going to stay and the brass is going to shoot across the room(the projectile weighs more than the case)
    For some reason people tend to forget physics. Thanks for clearing that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyohman
    For some reason people tend to forget physics. Thanks for clearing that up.

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    Re: Safe Opinions

    I was in the middle of writing about how I wouldn't put anything in my safe that might damage the very possessions that I'm trying to protect. Then I thought about it. Any heat capable of blowing up a battery or setting off live rounds would probably ruin all my guns anyway. I don't think I own a single gun that doesn't have any plastic, wood, or rubber. 3 of 5 of my handguns have polymer frames, my rifles have wood or plastic stocks, my 605 has rubber grips, my pt101 has plastic grips. If rounds are cooking off, wood and plastic would be melting/burning as well, so, I guess I would store ammo in there. I agree with olfarhors though about the batteries, they could leak and ruin the finish a gun without a fire being involved.
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