I used to reload in the garage. Then one spring we had a really humid thaw...one of those days when it goes from 20s to 50s overnight. There was tons of fog and moisture everywhere. My press went from looking like new to being covered in surface rust in one day. Everything is now in the basement, along with a dehumidifier.
Posts: 6753 | Location: In the Cornfields | Registered: May 25, 2006
Done it for years, but I’m in the high desert, so humidity isn’t much of an issue. Also, the garage is insulated. I wouldn’t be so unopposed in a more humid region.
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Posts: 16701 | Location: New Mexico | Registered: October 14, 2005
My reloading bench is in the unheated/uninsulated garage, but I keep all my powder in the house and only take it out to the garage when I'm loading. Brass and bullets live in the garage. Primers are kind of split between the two but with summer approaching the garage will be pretty warm and sometimes humid, so I think I'm going to move all the primers inside too. I'll have to put in a shelf someplace - I've got a lot of primers. It gets a little muggy here sometimes in the summer and fall, but not like some other places.
I keep most all of my primers and powders indoors but not all. Everything else is in the garage. Mostly because there is not enough room in my jam-packed garage but partly due to security and climate control. My garage is insulated but only heated or ac's when I am out there. It doesn't swing too terribly but it does some. YMMV
I think it depends on where you live. I live in Florida and the temp in the garage has reached over 100 degrees in summer with very high humidity.
I store my brass and reloading equipment in the garage and I see no ill effect with brass. I save all my reloading for the winter months garage temp @ around 70 degrees.
All powder and primers stored in air conditioned man cave at around 75 degrees year round 45% humidity. I just finished a can of RedDot I’ve had since the 70s and it has been as good as it always was stored that way.
I have lots of reloading equipment and the only thing I have had to rust was a RCBS stuck case remover kit. Every part in it rusted and it was in the original box stacked with die sets that did not rust.