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Oldest Defense/Carry Ammo?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by emt1581, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    What is the oldest defensive/carry ammo you have?

    I think mine would have to be some DoubleTap 10mm I bought 6 or 7 years ago. At the time it was the most powerful/potent stuff you could buy for 10mm and I'm pretty sure it still is.

    However, all of my 9mm and .223 ammo has been rotated brand and model-wise every 2-3 years.

    Does anyone have ammo they bought 10+ years ago and still rely on today?

    I only ask because in the world of ammunition it seems like carry/defensive ammo is BIG business and just like other areas, new stuff is coming out all the time so older stuff is often quickly out dated.

    If that is the case, then why bother buying more than a box or two of what you will use? It will only be obsolete in a few years...no?

    Thanks!:)

    -Emt1581
     
  2. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

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    i wouldn't say i rely on it but i've got some .40 180gr black talon from sometime in the mid 90's. my .40 is my competition gun, and they would be the only JHP i have in .40. even though i'd use it if i needed too, my go to gun is a 9mm with 124 gr GD.
     


  3. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    I still have about 1500 rounds of Federal 9mm 115JHP+P+ (9BPLE) that's about 5 years old and about 200 rounds of Winchester's 115JHP+P+ Ranger (RA9115HP+/Q4174) that's only a few years old. The 9BPLE is my primary carry load.

    Both the 9BPLE and Q4174 were designed in the earily 80's, and these standard JHP designs continue to soldier-on as effective LE & civilian defense loads.
     
  4. fredj338

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    I still have a box of Win 158grLSWCHP+P for my snub. Gotta be at least 15yrs old.
     
  5. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    ...and you use those for carry ammo still today?

    Thanks!

    -Emt1581
     
  6. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

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    i'm not fred but i've got a couple hundred reloads with this bullet that i keep around for my .38's
     
  7. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    I have the same load from Federal, just as old.

    I still do. I bought a case and I still run a box a couple times a year. Never had an issue.
     
  8. GunFighter45ACP

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    I have a few odd boxes of Fed Hyrdoshock 230gr, circa 1990s. I have them for a bare bones GI style 1911 that prefers ball, but does well enough w/them that I'd rely on them if some reason I can't use/carry any of my other handgun & ammo choices.
     
  9. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Yep! Ammo does not go bad if stored properly. I'm still shooting some 06 & 08 ammo form the 60s.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2010
  10. I like to keep about 10% of my stash of each caliber in JHP because it would be very easy for hollow points to be outlawed, restricted or taxed to death. I have no concerns about their age as I keep them in their original packaging in a climate controlled garage.
     
  11. FatBoy

    FatBoy Millennium Member

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    I still have some of the old Fed 9BPLE from the 90s. I was able to get a bunch at a good price back then and stocked up. I don't have much left and only keep it for my HK P7 M8 and M13. They really love that stuff. All the rest of my 9s get 124+p Gold Dots now. That's a few years old now too. I bought it before the great ammo scare for $200 case. I miss those days. All stored in the basement in sealed usgi ammo cans w/ desiccant. Should outlast me if need be.

    FB
     
  12. ColCol

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    I have some Lawman 200 gr JHP's from around 1990-1993 era along with a box or so of Corbon's 200 gr JHP using the infamous Flying Ashtray circa 1992-94. I pulled ten not long ago and fired them through my 457 and they still work just as well as they did when new. Moreover, IMHO, one of the best rounds available then or now.
     
  13. Its about time to replace them, but I've been carrying the same 10 rounds in my .38 snubbies for 3 or 4 years. They're .38 Special +P 125g Gold Dots.
     
  14. I have some .357 mag 125 gr JHP ammo that is at least 20 years old.

    I haven't carried a .357 mag in years and don't even currently own one. But if I did pick up a .357 snubby I'd have no qualms about loading up with that old ammo and carrying it. The ammo has been stored in a air conditioned home the entire time.
     
  15. novaDAK

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    Some boxes marked from the early 1990s of Federal Nyclads. One was already a half box so I shot few to see how they were. They shot fine, and I trust them to work. I've shot ammo at least 25 years old and it worked fine too. It really all depends on how it was stored.
     
  16. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I just realized that I probably have you ALL beat! However, it would only be in a SHTF situation where guns are being passed out or carried by me as a last resort... I have Nagant and Tokarev ammo that's from the early 1900's... ;)

    Seriously though, thanks for the replies and keep them coming. I originally asked because everyone always seems to want the newest and best ammo out there so it didn't make sense to me to buy more than a box or two of defensive ammo because it's only going to be outdated in a few years. Just my thoughts anyway.

    Thanks!

    -Emt1581
     
  17. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

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    i've never thought that newest ammo was that much better than the old stuff. i think all handgun ammo sucks as far as stopping power goes. i want the load that i shot the best as the one that i carry, i do think that jhp's are worth the effort over fmj's but i wouldn't have fits if i had to use fmj.