When to change EDC ammo?

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  1. onespeedbiker

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    When I retired from LE 2009, the armorer gave me a couple of boxes of Winchester T-Series ammo, one in 9mm +p+ and another in 380. I've been carrying this ammo and shot some of it up. My questions are, can carrying ammo cause it to degrade and/or is today's ammo so much better, that it' worth replacing 6 year old ammo? I know when I was active LE, our ammo was replaced annually, however it was always Winchester Ranger, starting with the Black Talons.
     
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    Probably hurts nothing, but shooting it annually to refresh your memory what it feels like, not a bad idea. It's what I do for edc ammo. House gun ammo, pretty stable conditions, I don't sweat it as much.
     

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    This is not house gun ammo, I use it in my EDC out in the world every day.
     
  4. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    I have had the same EDC ammo in my Glock17 for less than a year.
     
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    My practice is, if acclimated to the ammo:

    At least a coupla times a year:

    - From low ready, shoot a Five-shot/Five second group w/ the carry-ammo at Ten yards for record.
    - Then, shoot a box or Two of Range fodder.
    - Finally, from low ready, shoot another Five-shot/Five second group at Ten yards w/ the carry-ammo to imprint the load.

    That way, I know how my cold-bore pistol/ carry ammo will shoot.

    May not be necessary for a std. pressure round like .40/ 180 gr....

    ...but for .45 ACP/ 230 gr./ ball v. .45 ACP +P/ 230 gr./ HST from a GLOCK G36...?

    Good thing.




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  6. onespeedbiker

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    I should clarify my question; When is it best to replace EDC ammo..
     
  7. ronin.45

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    I change mine when it is so tarnished that it bothers me. Usually between 1 and 2 years. It is still perfectly fine, but it doesn't cost much to shoot a few rounds up.

    I'm just happy I stumbled into this thread so I could hear someone discuss cold bore shots in their carry gun.
     
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    I won't go over a year without replacement, that was the rule in our dept.

    My preference is to wear my carry gun(s) to the range every few months, and fire off what's in the gun and spare mag(s) without any cleaning/oiling/blowing out the dust bunnies. Best way to verify that it really will work. But a bit pricey, I know.
     
  9. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    Here in VT I change it yearly.