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Old December 21, 2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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Shelf life of reloads

I got into reloading bigtime about 12 years ago. Mainly as a hobby and stress relief. Well I quickly accrued about 12,000 rounds in 9mm, 38, 357, 44, and 40 cal. They have been kept in a dry basement, mainly in ammo cans and Midway 50 round plastic boxes. They still shoot just fine and are as accurate as the day I first loaded them. How long can I expect for these to last? I have stopped reloading until I can shoot some of this down. I need to hook up with some shooting sports but don't of any in my area.
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Old December 21, 2006, 02:00 PM   #2
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As long as they're stored in the proverbial "cool & dry place" they should easily last 50+ years.

You'd probably get a little more mileage using sealed ammo cans rather than the plastic boxes.
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Old December 21, 2006, 05:03 PM   #3
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They should out live you and the rest of us if the are stored in a dry place.
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Old December 21, 2006, 07:27 PM   #4
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I have reloads that are well over 30 yrs old and shoot like new. Kept cool and dry the ammo will last longer than we will
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Old December 22, 2006, 08:47 AM   #5
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Thats BULLSH**,I don't want my reloads lasting longer than ME!!!
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Old December 22, 2006, 09:40 AM   #6
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I'm still shooting some cast bullet 30-30 loads that my great grandfather put together back in the 1950's.

Reloads will last as long as factory ammo if stored and handled correctly.
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Old January 16, 2007, 11:54 PM   #7
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I store my handloads in military ammo cans I expect they will last as long as any commercial rounds. Some of my handsloads were really getting a little age so I used them up I have nothing left older than 5 years old now. I cowboy action shoot try for the governing body for the sport. This is a high volume shooting sport lots of shooting say approximately 50 pistol, 50 rifle 25 shotgun a match not to mention time and rounds spent practicing. Like you I handload for stress relief supprising how quickly you can fill a 30 caliber ammo can with 38's when relieving stress.
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