Proper Storage

Proper storage of Winchester Industrial 8 Gauge Ammunition is important for efficient performance and safety. Ideal conditions for storage are a temperature range of 70-75°F (21.1-23.9°C). Storage of ammunition at seasonal temperatures is acceptable if kept in a dry, ventilated building. If ammunition is stored outside, and the temperature reaches 10°F ( – 12.2°C) or less, ammunition should be brought to the firing location several hours prior to use; for best results in this situation, ammunition should attain a temperature of 50°F (10.0°C) or more to allow shells to normalize. Never store ammunition in a location where excessive heat or splash from molten metal might be expected. Never stack cases over seven high and never directly on the floor.

The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies 8 Gauge Industrial Ammunition as “Small Arms Ammunition”.

According to ADR caliber 8 ga. Industrial ammunition is classified as “Small Arms Ammunition” and can be shipped as LQ (Limited Quantity).

Except for three (3) requirements, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) excludes “Small Arms Ammunition” from all of its explosives storage and transportation regulations.

The three (3) regulations read as follows:

Small arms ammunition

1) No quantity limitations are imposed on the storage of small arms ammunition in warehouses, retail stores, and other general occupancy facilities, except those imposed by limitations of storage facilities.

2) Small arms ammunition shall be separated from flammable liquids, flammable solids as classified in 49 CFR Part 172, and from oxidizing materials, by a fire-resistive wall of 1-hour rating or by a distance of 25 feet.

3) Small arms ammunition shall not be stored together with Class A or Class B explosives unless the storage facility is adequate for this latter storage.