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Reloading in a non climate controlled environment?

BuffcoBuffco Senior MemberPosts: 6,244 Senior Member
Do all you guys reload in your house or some climate controlled place? Anyone loading and storing in a shed/barn/garage?

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,758 Senior Member
    Back porch area. I keep my powder and primers in old ammo cans, sealed, to keep out moisture. Just don't try and weigh anything in wind movement.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,148 Senior Member
    I reloaded for years in my garage in front of a non-vented gas heater. I kept the powder sealed in their containers, stacked in a metal cabinet with a golden rod in the bottom. Primers were in another metal cabinet stored the same way. Never had a problem. But I have to admit that after the kids left and I took over one of the bedrooms reloading is much more fun in a heated/air conditioned room.

    Denny
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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Define a controlled climate....you know Colorado is pretty darn dry, but my reloading room is heated by central air and not a space heater.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Central air/heat in my loading area, I like to be comfortable.
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,721 Senior Member
    All my work is done in the garage. I built ammo storage lockers that help prevent high temperature fluctuations in the container. I haven't had any issues in 25 years.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Do all you guys reload in your house or some climate controlled place? Anyone loading and storing in a shed/barn/garage?

    I used to reload in my basement, but have been relegated by circumstance (no baasement in the house we're renting here in Las Vegas) to the garage. As you can imagine, it's absolute murder in the summer and I only ever bother late at night. That siad, I have seen no ill effects on the ammo I've produced, BUT I also store all of my power in the house, where it is climate controlled, unless I'm actually reloading.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,216 Senior Member
    I am in a basement where it stays about 65 degrees year round and keep a dehumidifier going. In your situation, I think that the sealed ammo can idea would probably work pretty well.

    Actually, now that I think about it-- the powder should be just fine if you keep it in the original container. My concern would be the danger of an explosion if that powder were to ignite in a tightly sealed metal container. In the original container-- it just burns hot and intense. If it is in an enclosed container, the pressure build up could accelerate the burn rate to the point where you might get a kaboom.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • RiflemannRiflemann Member Posts: 269 Member
    I also have a Gun Room in the basement that is always at 70 degrees year round. I do have a dehumidifier running from March to November set at the lowest setting just in case, I empty it every other day in the dead of summer. Garages are for the Outdoor toy storage.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,872 Senior Member
    I reload out in the armory - otherwise known as the washhouse - it's truly climate controlled....Hot as hell during the summer and freezing in the winter - I find spring and fall the best times to do my reloading...
    If I HAVE to reload in the winter, I hang a chicken light over my seat...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,758 Senior Member
    Some of the foam from an old lifejacket on a seat will keep your butt nice and toasty.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Mostly indoors. I have reloaded in garages, but the Summer in TX/FLA/GA can make garages a miserable place to reload. Also, high humidity can cause dies/tools to rust if you leave them out.
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,608 Senior Member
    Yes. In the basement.

    Like Chief said, temp swings, humidity, and condensation would cause stuff to rust around here pretty quickly.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Thats my fear. Humidity and rust.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,608 Senior Member
    I'm guessing you're thinking about your shed? I'd think that a wooden structure, with wooden floors, would be the best option to reload outside. Better yet if it had some air movement. It should alleviate some of the condensation that you'd have with concrete floors or block walls.

    I run my dehumidifier year round in my basement, (stone walls and concrete floor) and I still get specs of rust on my press if I don't keep it wiped down with oil.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Thats my fear. Humidity and rust.

    Just tell your wife you wear the pants in the family and dagnabbit you will reload in the living room and then run and lock yerself in the shed outside to reload...:tooth:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    I'm guessing you're thinking about your shed? I'd think that a wooden structure, with wooden floors, would be the best option to reload outside. Better yet if it had some air movement. It should alleviate some of the condensation that you'd have with concrete floors or block walls.

    Yeah, the shed. The walls have vapor barrier in place, but the floor doesn't. It's open to air flow too.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    I've never even thought about this. My dad did all of his reloading in a shed he built that was about as far from climate controlled as you could get. I even did some reloading in that same shed. I don't recall ever having problems from doing that. That was in west Texas, though, where it's extremely dry. Back in Biblical times during the great flood we only got 4 inches.

    Since then, all of my reloading has been in a room in my house, or in my basement. Again, no problems.

    About the only thing I can think of, climate wise, that might affect your results, is what humidity might do to your powder. If you're really worried about that, try charging one round at a time, and then seat the bullet, or something like that. My guess, though, is that it's not going to make a big difference for hunting ammo.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    I was mostly worried about rust. The powder will stay in their containers and I was planning on storing them in a plastic tub with a lid.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,216 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    I was mostly worried about rust.
    The dies rusting would be my only concern. For that, either keep them inside or use one of those Goldenrod dehumidifiers in a storage cabinet out in the shed.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,216 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Just keep it well lubed to prevent rust.
    Buffy already tried that, but his hair is still rusty.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    I reload in the mud room of the house.. no issues.
    Never laugh at your wife's choices.
    You are one of them.
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