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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:57 AM   #1
 
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Ammo Shelf Life

What is the truth behind Ammo Shelf life?? i have heard from many people different answers. for instance i have laquer coated 8mm rounds for my k98 and i heard they can last 80 years and still shoot. I just took my CHL class and i was told by my instructor of whom is a SWAT instructor said to change out your ammo every 3 months??? i would like to hear what yall think.



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If I were a swat team member I would want fresh ammo just on general principal but for those of us that live a more quiet lifestyle much longer. If they are stored a relatively cool and dry location the shelf life is in decades. If the rounds start to show corrosion I shoot off and then tumble the brass. The first rifle I ever bought was a Rem 700 in 30/06 in the early 70's and I still have factory ammo for it I bought for it back then. It likes my reloads better so that is what I use.
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I've fired off .22lr and .38 ammo that was 50+ years old, stored in a regular house closet in the original cardboard boxes. As Terry says, kept dry, it will easily last many decades.
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I'm halfway shooting up a 1,120 rd case of surplus Czechoslovakian 7.62 x 39 corrosive ammo dated 1962, almost 50 years old. No misfires or failures to feed/eject out of my Russian SKS yet.

IMO, ammo lasts until you shoot it. Store it in a cool dry place and it should last at least a couple of lifetimes. I store my extra case still sealed in the original soldered GI steel sheet-lined wooden crate.

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I had a box of 22 stored in a sox stuck up in a open shed roof that in summer sun could of been 120F+ and in winter low 24F.
25 years later I used them with a miss fire about every 4 round, amazing.
Yes cool dry place and it could out last the owner.
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It's all pretty inert so unless you supply the ions (like H20) it'll last LONG time. Even bulk powder seems to pretty long lived if kept dry. I suppose that's why NATO battle packs are stored in such thick sealed plastic.

I'm in the process of reloading bulk 5.56 and 7.62Nato and putting a dedicated sealer on them. PITA - trust me.
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Here in the arid southwest, maybe forever? It is ultra dry here.

Cleaned out dad's garage the other day, and found some boxes of .357's and .44's from the late 60's. Fired up just like the day they were new.
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Thats great, thank yall for your opinion's now its time to stock up on ammo!
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Go to a gun show and you can often find some one selling military surplus ammo cans. They don't cost a lot, and the lids close so tightly they're just about water proof. Get a few of those for ammo storage and keep the stuff away from temperature extremes and you can pretty much forget about shelf life worries.
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stored correctly it will last, I've shot .303 from WWII that went bang even if it was a little smokey?

I don't rotate ammo every 3 months., but I do segregate ammo by lot and age and periodically test some over the chronograph. if I see extreme changes it becomes practice ammo.

I've seen fresh new ammo fail so age ain't the only issue.
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I stock up too. If it all falls apart my wife and daughter can defend the home while I go out and get some meat. On a less paranoid sounding note. When I came in the Marine Corps in 87 I was shooting WWII ammo in training even after desert storm well into the late 90's. We were shooting 50 cal ammo that was left over, some made in the thirties, and was still good. Same with 45 (M1911) ammo. It had been stored in the ammo dump in those green ammo cans. When we broke em open you could smell the ether gas(to preserve). Rotate your ammo just like canned goods or perishables. I kept some ammo cans and store .38,.357, 30-06, 12 gauge ect.. 20 year old ammo will be as fresh as the day you bought it as long as you keep the humidity out. Keep it in a cool dry place, not in a mud puddle in the root cellar. If you need a couple .50 cal ammo cans Private Message me and I'll send you a couple "As long as you are in the States". To a Texan in Texas....Hmmm, In a heartbeat. ......I asked a PFC the other day what caliber the M-16A2 fired. He said 5.56 Gunny. I then said: What caliber does the Ma Duece (M2) and the XM-218 50 caliber machine guns fire and he had a blank stare. I had to smile. After a minute he smiled too.
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Have some 9mm reloads that are 40+ years old, still shoot great. Just keep them dry and away from mostiure.
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I had some .40 S&W that was 15yrs old and took it out to the range a couple of months ago and no problems.
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Keep it as dry as possible & it will most likely out last you & your kids.
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i have some ammo that are 20+ years old, it goes bang every time. i wouldnt put 25+ years old ammo in my EDC gun but i could use it for a range trip.

I rotate the carry gun ammy every 9 months or so to make sure its still effective, u can store ammo for decades and it will still fire as long its kept dry.
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