Doug Huffman wrote:
I believe that they store indefinitely and that they do not 'explode' ever, anymore than a soda bottle is an IED.
Mine are in ammo cans.
The collective conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.
Doug is exactly right.
If cartridges have an enemy, it would be heat and moisture. These are likely to render the powder non-combustible, andcause it to not fire.
Kept in a relatively cool and dry place (Which is about anywhere in your house) they should last longer than you will. I have shot stuff from WWII that was just fine.
For ease Ammo Cans are a great Idea.
A cartridge "fires" because when the primer ignites the powder, the pressure of the expanding gas, from the burning powder
, is contained in the chamber and the bullet is forced out the end of the casing and then through the barrel.
Any cartridge that is not in the chamber of a firearm, if it does cook off, will not have the pressure of the expanding gas contained by anything, except the casing,and it will simply burst, but not catastrophically. The bullets, if they are even forced from the casing,are only mildly likely to even penetrate the cardboard box they are contained in, and would never exit an ammo can.
As to amount of ammo allowed by law, I go with the Second Amendment and a limit would be an infringement.