How long is too long to carry defense ammo

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    I never worried about "aging ammo" when carrying/firing my DA revolvers. Now that I'm carrying autoloaders, I like to rotate out the actual carry ammo. That can get rather expensive, but every time I remove a live round (that has been chambered) from my carry gun, I set it aside for the next range trip. That is probably just paranoia, but so be it.

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    Err, ahh have any of you ever checked the date of manufacture, against your purchase date?

    Regarding 'reloads', that is 'all' that I trust my life to, now 89. While I did pick up a few scars, none were due to faulty ammo, You can be sure that I was hyper careful in sealing and handling of the components, Never have had a mis-fire, dud, or failure of any kind.

    oops, sorry, in 1942, during WW-2, I scrounged up an ole S&W revolver from WW-1 issue, that handled the .45 ACPi cartridge nicely It seated on the lip of the cartridge, so didn't need the half moon clips that the colt did. Once in a delicate situation, it went plup, not BOOM.

    Being of steely, cold nerves, despite the noise - 'yeah, of course', snicker - I opened the cylinder and peered down the barrel. Sure enough there was a round lodged in the throat of the barrel, far enough in to allow the cylinder to still freely rotate..

    Finding a stick of suitable size I managed to clear the barrel. It turned out that the cartridge had had no powder, just the primer, prob 1 of a 100,000,000 chance, but it did happen to 'me', the most important guy in my world, sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayopo View Post
    Err, ahh have any of you ever checked the date of manufacture, against your purchase date?

    Regarding 'reloads', that is 'all' that I trust my life to, now 89. While I did pick up a few scars, none were due to faulty ammo, You can be sure that I was hyper careful in sealing and handling of the components, Never have had a mis-fire, dud, or failure of any kind.

    oops, sorry, in 1942, during WW-2, I scrounged up an ole S&W revolver from WW-1 issue, that handled the .45 ACPi cartridge nicely It seated on the lip of the cartridge, so didn't need the half moon clips that the colt did. Once in a delicate situation, it went plup, not BOOM.

    Being of steely, cold nerves, despite the noise - 'yeah, of course', snicker - I opened the cylinder and peered down the barrel. Sure enough there was a round lodged in the throat of the barrel, far enough in to allow the cylinder to still freely rotate..

    Finding a stick of suitable size I managed to clear the barrel. It turned out that the cartridge had had no powder, just the primer, prob 1 of a 100,000,000 chance, but it did happen to 'me', the most important guy in my world, sigh.

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    Great story Tayopo, I rotate my carry ammos every 3-4 months

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    I'm just too dang cheap to put a "Use By" date on ammo. The last batch of WWII GI .30-06 ammo I fired last year still went bang. Several had split necks, but bang they went.

    I only shoot up "old" SD ammo when I get something new I want to carry.
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    I also feel that my "modern day" carry ammo can stand the test of time. I do not feel my carry ammo will "expire" unless it is exposed to unusual conditions.
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    I shoot personal defense rounds after a year -- just to be sure and for the experience. They are different than range ammo.
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    Like others I only change my ammo when I decide to change to a different load. I'm not concerned whatsoever about it going bad, but I also don't believe in chambering, re-chambering. Who does that? Load your weapon and leave it loaded. If safety is a concern, put it in a safe or out of reach.
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