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How long is ammo good for ?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ShootFirst, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    I have been wondering how long is ammo good for ?
    I have varied ammo shot guns , to 22 and in between and allot of ammo I try and rotate my ammo as I use it but still have some several years old. I keep my ammo in a cedar and at about 70 degrees on average. Never too cold or hot. I get mixed information when I google it so wondered what you experts say ?


    Thanks
     
  2. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    I've shot 40 y/o ammo with no issues in the past. If properly stored the shelf life is decades easily. Look at some of the surplus ammo out there - I've shot 60's surplus eastern block ammo recently with no issues as well - who knows if the temp was controlled in the ammo warehouse over the years - It still shoots like it was supposed to.
     
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  3. novamind

    novamind Hillsboro Active Member

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    Last year I shot some 8mm mauser headstamped 1944, good as gold.
     
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  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Several years old is NOT old at all.
     
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  5. metrotps

    metrotps Mountlake Terrace Member

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    I have ammo from World War 1 that still goes boom. I have shot 7.62 x54r from WW2 that was crusty and green in a SVT40. Had some .303 British that looked perfect but had hang fires. Most likely if you are storing it well, it shall be fine.
     
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  6. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Wow ok well that is good news I really never thought about it until the last several years that I have quite a bit stored.

    Thanks everyone appreciate the quick responses.
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Cool and dry, should be good indefinitely. Any that is questionable should be sent to me immediately!
     
  9. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    It is a link to a thread talking about ammo, amounts, and storage.
     
  11. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    What is a link ???:huh:
     
  12. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Click on the underlined part and it will take you to another thread.
     
  13. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Ahhhhhh grasshopper ...you have much to learn.
     
  14. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I had a few rounds of 1957 head stamp in the Greek HXP .30-06 I ordered from the CMP. They went *bang* just like all their younger brothers.
     
  15. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Ammo life can even be measured in "generations" rather than just "years". If the old ammo from my Grandfather's generation, with it's corrosive primers and primitive (compared to today) powders can last for almost a century, just think how long modern ammo could last.

    Dry and moderate temps are all that's really required. Of course having ammo that got that old means there was a failure along the way. Someone didn't go shooting enough:cool: I try to do my part and not let any of my ammo get stale. It's a rotten job but I love it.
     
  16. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Sorry I was being funny, sometimes humor does not transpire across the great divide that is the internet.

    Thanks
     
  17. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    But seriously I just never really knew how long, I figures a few years like 5 or something. But never stock piled ammo before so never used old ammo. I have been around guns since the 60's but never even had cause to wonder.
    LOL now I feel dumb seems like allot of people know ammo longevity. Learn something new everyday !
     
  18. metrotps

    metrotps Mountlake Terrace Member

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    No question about guns or ammo is dumb. We are all still learning until the day we assume room temp. :)
     
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  19. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:

    *Edit*
     
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  20. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Last edited by Ironbar; Today at 08:36 AM. Reason: I just realized this is my 600th post!


    Congrats :)