How long should you carry your defensive ammo?

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    How long should you carry your defensive ammo?

    I carry a Glock 19 every day. I don't get out to the shooting range alot because I am a broke college student. Is there a certain amount of time that you should carry your defensive ammo in your gun before you shoot it all and buy some new ammo?

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    Not that I'm aware of. I've been storing practice ammo for a year now. The ammo doesn't know where it is so put it anywhere you want, preferably dry & cool places are best.
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    As long as it is clean and dry it will work fine.

    Don't soak it in oil or solvent, or allow some sort of corrosion to take hold of it.
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    I shoot off my carry ammo about twice a year. It's probably not necessary though. Earlier this year I shot some Hydra-shoks from about 1997 I found in the back of my closet. They worked fine.
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    How long to carry your Social Ammo?

    I used to cycle all of my social ammo twice a year. Now with the cost and scarceity of it, I will be holding onto it longer. I am shooting practice ammo that I reload with 15 year old primers that have been stored in dry and cool environment. No issues with that ammo either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerB View Post
    I carry a Glock 19 every day. I don't get out to the shooting range alot because I am a broke college student. Is there a certain amount of time that you should carry your defensive ammo in your gun before you shoot it all and buy some new ammo?
    Yes, about every thirty days or less. Buy new and send all the old stuff to me. I will dispose of it for you free of charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    Yes, about every thirty days or less. Buy new and send all the old stuff to me. I will dispose of it for you free of charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    Yes, about every thirty days or less. Buy new and send all the old stuff to me. I will dispose of it for you free of charge.
    Beat me to it!

    I think the main thing you want to worry about is how often you chamber the same round, bullet setback, I haven't seen it but I hear a lot about it. I try to rotate the rounds in my carry magazine when I have to rechamber.
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    haha I saw those responses coming, then i would definitely be a broke college student if i sent away all my ammo! haha.

    Joker1- So if I chamber a round every morning carry all day, then empty the chamber when i go to sleep that will wear down the bullets?

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    You will get bullet setback in the case. I advise you to just load the gun and leave it loaded. Repeated chambering and unchambering is unsafe.
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    till you need it....or just plain feel like shooting and replacing it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerB View Post
    haha I saw those responses coming, then i would definitely be a broke college student if i sent away all my ammo! haha.

    Joker1- So if I chamber a round every morning carry all day, then empty the chamber when i go to sleep that will wear down the bullets?
    Yeah, I would avoid doing that. If you can, leave it loaded (unless you are cleaning, showing, practicing drawing, etc.). It doesn't wear the bullets down so much as possibly push them deeper into the case. This can result in excessive pressure when the round is fired. Probably not a pretty sight having your favorite carry piece explode in your hand.

    I carry my EDC all day and then lock it in a nightstand lockbox at night but it is loaded and ready to go. I don't recommend leaving a loaded firearm anywhere but LOCKED in some kind of lock box if you have children or jackass roomates around.

    If you must unload your gun every night, I would suggest rotating the previously chambered round to the bottom of the magazine and chambering a different round. If you do this you may want to shoot up your carry magazine at some point before setback sets in. I don't know how many chamberings it takes to achieve setback and I'm sure it is infinitely variable depending on the gun, the ammo, heat, humidity, age of ammo, if the ammo was made on a Tuesday or a Friday, if you sligshot the slide or not, etc. Someone mentioned keeping 2 factory rounds out of circulation and using them to compare overall height with a straightedge. You could also measure them if you know the specification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerB View Post
    haha I saw those responses coming, then i would definitely be a broke college student if i sent away all my ammo! haha.

    Joker1- So if I chamber a round every morning carry all day, then empty the chamber when i go to sleep that will wear down the bullets?
    An unnecessary routine, just load it up and be done with it. I'm a broke college student as well

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    Ammo stays good for decades. About the only thing that will hurt it is submerging it in liquid for a long time.

    I just shot some 60 year old ammo that had been stored in a hot Georgia attic for at least 4 decades of it's life. It all shot fine.
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