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maximum age of ammo for carry?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by jack76590, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. jack76590


    Aug 15, 2004
    Title is the question, what is maximum age you would recommend for carry ammo? This assuming properly stored. I store mine in basement on shelves and run dehumidifers in summer.

    I like to stock up, when I find a buy and don't like to switch between types of rounds without some testing for reliable feeding, so a good supply makes things easier. Thanks.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    While most of us have found that good ammunition stays good almost indefinitely when carefully stored in a cool, dry place, friends in the ammo industry tell me that it's a good rule of thumb to consider the ammo to have a ten-year shelf life.

    One practical approach is to treat stockpiled ammo like stockpiled food: use it regularly, first in/first out, and replenish as you go. This way the ammo serves the purpose of building your skill and maintaining it with regular training and practice, as well as giving you the peace of mind of having plenty on hand.


  3. jack76590


    Aug 15, 2004
    Thank Mas,

    I was thinking along line of 10 years maybe a couple of years longer. Wanted to make the question short and precise, but always a back story I suppose.

    I like to stick, for a while at least, with the same ammo in a carry gun once I find round that works. Also like to fire up to 500 rounds of carry ammo a year to assure continued function. And I like a deal. Liking a deal generally means stocking up when you find one. Often hard to find your favorite ammo at bargain prices of last year.

    My G27 seems to function great with Federal 155 grain HST. I bought a bunch of cases from ammoman back in mid 2007 and still have 4 and a half cases left. So thinking of basically assigning that ammo to use in G27 until get close to "expiration date."

    At the old price of $299 a thousand round case in hand, I figure can always use for range ammo once gets beyond 10 years old.

    Again thanks for reply.