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  • Ammo Shelf Life

    Everything goes bad! What is an expected shelf life for bullets? How can you tell when they are too old to shoot?
    ~Lyon~

  • #2
    pull trigger.....no go boom.....bad bullet.......toss......try next bullet......
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
      pull trigger.....no go boom.....bad bullet.......toss......try next bullet......


      So if you are in a bad situation, is this really the method that you want to to go with?
      ~Lyon~

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cudalyon View Post
        So if you are in a bad situation, is this really the method that you want to to go with?
        No, but I gotta get my licks in whenever I can.......vac-seal w/dessicant and they should out-live you.
        "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
          No, but I gotta get my licks in whenever I can.......vac-seal w/dessicant and they should out-live you.


          I would expect no less! Thats why I love this place
          ~Lyon~

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          • #6
            I am no expert but I do have some experience.
            When my grandfather died in the 1970's he had a basement full of guns and ammo. Almost all the ammo was purchased in mid-December 1941, following Pearl Harbor. Grandpaw's farm was in a semi-arid area. The basement had excelent drainage and ventilation.
            The ammo was stored in it's original carboard boxes, some was sitting out, some was in a drawer of a wooden desk and gun cabinet or in a open toped wooden shotgun ammo box.
            The paper hulled 12 ga ammo was about 50% good, this seemed to depend on the brand and if it had a wax coating. Pistol and rifle ammo was about 80% good. 22LR did not fare so well, with lots of mis-fires.
            Last edited by kenno; 01-13-2009, 10:04 AM.
            The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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            • #7
              I've recently shot (without a single misfire) .45 and .38s loaded and packaged by Georgia Arms 18-20 years ago. They have been in the bottom of a gun safe in the house. I recently purchased another caliber in bulk and they were delivered in an ammo can. I plan to get the vac sealer going this weekend!
              JUST CURIOUS? PRUNES ARE DEHYDRATED PLUMS. SO WHERE DOES PRUNE JUICE COME FROM?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
                I've recently shot (without a single misfire) .45 and .38s loaded and packaged by Georgia Arms 18-20 years ago. They have been in the bottom of a gun safe in the house. I recently purchased another caliber in bulk and they were delivered in an ammo can. I plan to get the vac sealer going this weekend!
                Don't forget those nifty little dessicant packs...I get mine from the local Payless Shoes...the manager/clerk lets me pilfer 'em from all the open boxes I want.
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #9
                  well thats why I would just rotate. target shoot with the old stuff...You just need to be able to replace what you take from ur stash..... What I try to do is replace what I took plus1 box and even more if I can...... I have never shot any ammo that was over a couple years old.
                  proper preparedness prevents poor performance

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ridgid1 View Post
                    well thats why I would just rotate. target shoot with the old stuff...You just need to be able to replace what you take from ur stash..... What I try to do is replace what I took plus1 box and even more if I can...... I have never shot any ammo that was over a couple years old.
                    I'm still running through 9mm from my dad's old stash...maybe 20+ years old and sealed up tight in quarantine crates......got another 7-8000 rnds left.....no probs yet, other than the occasional misfeed from a warped casing I missed....
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      Quarantine Cases? Mil Surp medical stuff?
                      The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kenno View Post
                        Quarantine Cases? Mil Surp medical stuff?
                        Nah, the little plastic boxes they use to store sensitive radio equipment, etc....they're naval, I think, 'cause the bast*rds are air-tight, and hard to pop the lids off....seems like they'd survive water depths of up to a million atmospheres...lol...

                        I keep the empty boxes for food storage....I don't think you can find a commercially available box that's tighter or tougher...
                        "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
                          I've recently shot (without a single misfire) .45 and .38s loaded and packaged by Georgia Arms 18-20 years ago. They have been in the bottom of a gun safe in the house. I recently purchased another caliber in bulk and they were delivered in an ammo can. I plan to get the vac sealer going this weekend!
                          How do you plan to bag them? In the box or loose?
                          I've only done some .22 so far. Most of my stash is Federal 550 boxes, so I've sealed it loose in 100/200/550 count bags, and I vac it snug but cut the vacuum before it get's too tight.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by snal View Post
                            How do you plan to bag them? In the box or loose?
                            I've only done some .22 so far. Most of my stash is Federal 550 boxes, so I've sealed it loose in 100/200/550 count bags, and I vac it snug but cut the vacuum before it get's too tight.
                            IMHO, vacuum can't be too tight.....how come you cut your's loose?
                            "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                            "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                            • #15
                              I have a lot of milsurp that is stored in ammo cans and made in the 70's and it still shoots great....
                              Wolverines!!!:D

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