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Ammo lifespan?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by I.Hate.Glocks., Jan 18, 2010.

  1. I.Hate.Glocks.

    I.Hate.Glocks.

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    Have you guys any idea how long rimfire ammo will last? I'm not at all worried about centerfire or shotgun cartridges but I've heard of rimfire .22lr going bad much sooner. Do you have any personal stories or experience with this?
     
  2. snair

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    i think if its kept dry it will last for decades
     


  3. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

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    I had some stuff that I found in my granddads stuff that was probably 30-40 years old. Had a few FTF, shot fine though.
     
  4. Thrillhouse700

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    From what I have been told if its kept dry and somewhat cool it can out last you. I keep all mine in one of those airtight ammo cans. I have two cans, a small one I take to the range and a large one I keep everything else in. I want to get one of those dehumidifiers for it because I barely go into this can.
     
  5. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    My personal guideline is 50 years for centerfire and 20 years for rimfire, and be VERY sure you protect rimfire against humidity.

    Don't store rimfire in damp locations, period.
     
  6. gunsnhoses

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    I had some 12 year old rimfire that sat in my garage for the entire time. I took it out loaded it up and it went BANG!
     
  7. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Your screen name is I.Hate.Glocks.

    In your sig line you claim to own a Glock 17.

    :headscratch:
     
  8. ricklee4570

    ricklee4570

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    I have recovered ammo from a wet musty humid basement. The ammo had been stored there for about 8 years. It fired without a problem!
     
  9. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Keep it dry and in a cool place (room temp), it will out last you.




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  10. mossy500camo

    mossy500camo ammo found

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    Last year I was give a large coffee can full of various .22lr cartridges. She told me that her husband would buy small boxes of .22lrs and dump them in the coffee can. She said that some rounds were at least 20years old and to becareful shooting them. I havent had a problem with them yet. I also have a big tackle box full of old buckshot and slugs. I mean Pumpkin ball slugs! =-O

    Im kinda scared of those.
     
  11. Jeepnik

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    Buy a box today. Stick it in your sock drawer. Your great grandkids should be able to use it.