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Is this advisable? I have a floored loft but it’s not heated other than what’s coming from the house underneath. More are steel for Wildfowling so I don’t go through them overly quickly so it would be longer term storage. Space in the house is limited so I’m trying to find an alternative area to store them. 

Thanks again folks 

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Make a cupboard the size you want and insulate it .put that in the loft then it will be tidy 

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I live in an annex above the garage, so essentially it's a loft with a bathroom  lol, mine are in the cupboards that run either side and I haven't any any problems yet. 

I'm pretty sure the slab of comp x I picked up the other day had something about storing at 18-25 degrees, not going to get them sort of temperatures where I am and it wasn't anywhere near that where the rfd had them. 

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Use them damp traps ,John ,got my carts in steel video lockers,<ah VHS > but for extra protection use the disposable damp traps.Just change them as and when they fill atb

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Wrap the slabs in cling film before putting them in the loft, nothing to worry about then. Just bring them.in a few days before use and stick them in the airing cupboard to warm up and make sure they're dry.

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Keep you fit carrying 10kg + up and down the ladder, l fitted a shelf unit in the back of an under stair cupboard for mine plus a cylinder lock on the door, and with the coats in the way you’d never know they were there.

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This is probably a silly question but has any one experienced steel shot rusting if the cartridges have been out in a soggy coat or left in a damp shoot wagon? I have never used steel so genuinely curious.

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I store mine in the loft with no problem and no special storage facilities, just in their 250 cardboard cases.  I have stored them there for the last 15 years, I just bring the required amount down the day before I am shooting.

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i thinking of storing a load in my shed/workshop. Coldest it drops to is 9, but most nights in the winter its sitting around 13

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22 minutes ago, roadkill said:

i thinking of storing a load in my shed/workshop. Coldest it drops to is 9, but most nights in the winter its sitting around 13

I would still bring the required amount into the house, the day before I shot.  I left some in my car overnight a few years ago. They were fibre wadded game cartridges, my barrels were full of unburned powder flakes after I used them. I have never left them out overnight since and my barrels are clean after use.

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Just found this topic; what exactly happens if the carts are cold? Is the pattern upset for instance? I did see a YouTube video where cold carts seemed to leave more residue particles in the barrel. Mine are in the insulated attic in a steel box, they are in their individual boxes and I've used this storage for about 9 years. Most times I get them and the gun out and go straight off to the field. So what difference does a cold cartridge make? Find it hard to believe a steel cart would rust inside without getting properly damp.

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store as near to 21 degrees as you can       and warm them before use      single base powder is alot more difucult     than double base for me double base for winter shooting    cheers   george

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On 06/02/2019 at 19:39, Westley said:

I store mine in the loft with no problem and no special storage facilities, just in their 250 cardboard cases.  I have stored them there for the last 15 years, I just bring the required amount down the day before I am shooting.

Yes, me too!! Never any special storage facilities in the loft and never had an issue

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On 07/04/2019 at 07:12, getthegat said:

Just found this topic; what exactly happens if the carts are cold? Is the pattern upset for instance? I did see a YouTube video where cold carts seemed to leave more residue particles in the barrel. Mine are in the insulated attic in a steel box, they are in their individual boxes and I've used this storage for about 9 years. Most times I get them and the gun out and go straight off to the field. So what difference does a cold cartridge make? Find it hard to believe a steel cart would rust inside without getting properly damp.

I’d like to know this too. 

 

Apart from being cold - what effect will it have on the shooting? 

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Its more the powder types used single based double based etc, some are more cold sensitive than others , it can mean dirty burning to loosing some FPS and patterns can be effected sometimes.  How much any of this actually translates into an issue on performance cartridge to kills is open to debate.  I don’t think storing cartridges in a sewer is a good idea but a cold loft in the uk :hmm: Probably not much at all with many of today’s powders.

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I've been in a gunshop that is like warehouse with seperate heated gunrooms inside. The cartridges are stored in the warehouse bit of the building with little to no heating. Surely a loft can't be any worse than a warehouse.

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My mom called a while back and was cleaning out the garage. She wanted me to get my stuff out.  I had two truck loads of ammo that I had forgotten about for years. It was not climate controlled.   I bought it home and it shoots fine.  

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Yeah you could warm your shells before going out in sub zero conditions (or anything else if it comes to that 😂) but how long before the cartridges were very cold again, so would it make any difference?

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I emptied 6500 out my truck at the end of last season, stayed in the shed with the thermostat radiators in all year and were good as gold at the start of this season just gone.

I'll usually heat my cartridges on a radiator for 24 hours if they are coming out the truck though!

 

Don't think storing them in a loft should be any bother John!

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