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View Poll Results: What is the oldest you would consider self defense ammo if stored in cool and dry conditions?
Less than 10 years 18 17.82%
From 10 years to 20 years 12 11.88%
From 20 years to 30 years 13 12.87%
More than 30 years 58 57.43%
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Old August 3, 2019, 03:21 PM   #51
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My friend was about 60 when he gave me some 32 S&W "short" ammo that he had inherited from his dad decades before. I don't know how old it was, but the brass was pretty green. They all went bang, but the bullets were going so slow that you could see them in the air. The last one actually bounced off of plywood.
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Old August 6, 2019, 09:00 AM   #52
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Don Fischer Seem's to me it would depend on how bad you needed it at the time. If you were in a bad situation and someone handed you a 30 yr old round for your gun, bet you'd try it! I can't see where much ammo of any kind would get all that old though, be fired in practice before it got there!
with gun laws getting stricter / ammo background checks / taxation

it's possible and very likely people will be using old stock, if thats all they can get, lots of people in places like CA have stocked up for a lifetime supply because of all the new laws / restrictions coming in the future.
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Old August 6, 2019, 06:20 PM   #53
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I voted 10 years or less.

Not because I believe ammo won't last several decades
but for SD, why go cheap if what you want is available.

I have read tests of old government ammo such as .45ACP.
It worked fine but velocity had dropped off a bit with the
passing of decades. Apparently the powder can deteriorate
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Old August 6, 2019, 06:59 PM   #54
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Properly stored is the key.

I've read about ammo left in vehicles for years, even decades, that went bad from the heat/cold cycles. Even one guy who had problems with some hunting rifle loads. When he pulled bullets the "stick" powder had been ground into a fine dust from the vibrations of riding in the truck for years.

But stored indoors in a climate controlled situation I'd imagine ammo 40-50 years old would still be as good as new.
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Old September 1, 2019, 04:20 PM   #55
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I just shot 9mm ammo I hand loaded in once fired brass in 1986. 50 rounds thru a Beretta 92 and a Sig 226. No failures and I still shot decent groups although not what I could do in 1986.
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Old September 1, 2019, 06:07 PM   #56
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I don't know . . . I had 45 ACP with 1917 headstamps that I have fired and all went boom. But that's not what you asked . . . .

If stored properly, I don't think I would think twice about the 30 as some have stated. I still have ammo from early 1960s - so close to 60 years old - that still shoots just fine - rimfire and centerfire as well as shotgun.

ANY ammo - old or new can have issues and you won't know it until you pull the trigger. Personally, for rounds that I carry for SD, I usually start shooting them up at about 5 years and replace with new - but that's me. It's what you feel comfortable with in using if ever needed.
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Old September 2, 2019, 03:45 PM   #57
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I still have Chinese 7.62x39 mm ammo I saved from the mid 1980's and it still shoots fine after over 30 years in storage

I decided to start using it because it's been sitting for over 30 years
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Old September 4, 2019, 08:09 PM   #58
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My S&W model 10 .38 Special, which is in my carry rotation, still holds 6 rounds of Remington Nyclad hollowpoints from around the late 80's. I have no doubt as to if it will go off if needed. I MIGHT change them out in another 20 years or so, if we are still even allowed to own handguns in the future.
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