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Ammo Shelf Life

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  • TriangleMan
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    I've shot ammo over 5 years old with minor difficulty. Fresh ammo is better, so count me in with the rotators. It's a good excuse to get out and shoot and keep your skills up.

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  • mikehemi
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    Now just remember if you do decide to shoot old ammo if you pull the trigger DO NOT eject the round right away and stay clear of the breach. Keep the gun pointed down range for at least 30 seconds. Then carefully extract the round and be safe about it.

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  • mikehemi
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    Recently I have been using ammo that my dad had purchased well over 20 years ago. I have been using 12 gauge and .22 and I have not had a single miss fire occur. This ammo has just been moved around and put in all sorts of different places. It is extremely hard to tell if ammo has gone bad. but moisture is the #1 enemy, if kept dry it can last almost indefinitely.

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  • spioi
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    I just shot a 50 box of remington 45 auto circa 1942. only had 1 not go off.

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  • Death_Hand
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    Thanks i just bought quite a few boxes

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  • Skyowl
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    Originally posted by Death_Hand View Post
    Do they make vac sealers for military ammo cans sizes from 30 cal up to 40mm?
    While I have sealed some ammo using a Tila Food Saver and regular food saver bags that come with it, most of us, IIRC, simply put the ammo in a USGI ammo can and throw in several dessicant packs to absorb the moisture. As long as the seal is in good shape, you should not have any problems keepings the ammo for several years. That is of course, unless you are storing it underwater.

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  • Death_Hand
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    Do they make vac sealers for military ammo cans sizes from 30 cal up to 40mm?

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  • JerryPt2
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    Not sayin it isint but

    I wasnt saying that the mercurial primers werent corrosive, but is there anyone here who dosent give their weapon a thorough cleaning after some range time? run the brush through, then pput a patch on the brush and run it through, and then start oiling it down...another downside to it is the fact that most of it is steel-cased, so its non-reloadable:(, but hey, i paid 55 for a case of 1500 the other day so im alright at the moment

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  • cwconnertx
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    I find the shelf life to be pretty poor once fired, even at 700-800 yards they only last a few seconds.

    If kept dry and stored good, most ammunition has very long life. But have a little fun and rotate it out at the range!

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by JerryPt2 View Post
    none of my 7.62x39 is made after 1989 and it shoots well enough, never had a misfire, consistent 4 inch groups at 200 yards; and all of the 7.62x54 that i have is manufactured in either 1945 or 1954-63 and it all fires, and consistently through a scoped m44 puts about a 2.5 inch group at 200 yards, and about a 3 inch group at 325 yards(longest KD range i can access)

    Tha 54R is seriously corrosive. They used mercury primers.

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  • JerryPt2
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    7.62x54 and x39

    none of my 7.62x39 is made after 1989 and it shoots well enough, never had a misfire, consistent 4 inch groups at 200 yards; and all of the 7.62x54 that i have is manufactured in either 1945 or 1954-63 and it all fires, and consistently through a scoped m44 puts about a 2.5 inch group at 200 yards, and about a 3 inch group at 325 yards(longest KD range i can access)

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  • cudalyon
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    Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
    Winchester still uses 'em, too....most of my ammo is Winnie.

    You can put three .22 in each 9mm hole, too...
    I love the CCI boxes for my .22's. I have about 10 of them that I just refill from a brick.

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  • Big_Saw
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    Originally posted by snal View Post
    Great idea! Makes me feel better about saving all those styro blocks! Hornady seems to be the only one that still uses those, or is it Blazer?
    Winchester still uses 'em, too....most of my ammo is Winnie.

    You can put three .22 in each 9mm hole, too...

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  • snal
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    Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
    gotchya.....I use the little styro pieces that my 9mm comes in....it adds bulk, but no weight to speak of, and it keeps 'em shiny and new.....50 per, and I can fit 3 of 'em side-by-side in a seal bag...;)
    Great idea! Makes me feel better about saving all those styro blocks! Hornady seems to be the only one that still uses those, or is it Blazer?

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  • voodoo
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    I've been shooting surplus 8mm with headstamps of 1945 for several years, and cant recall a bad round.

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