Shelf life for ammo?

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    Shelf life for ammo?

    I apologise if this question has been asked in the past, I used the search feature and didn't find anything that discussed it. I have a box of Federal Hydra-Shoks in .357 Mag that I purchased about 15 years ago. They have been in my basement in an old toolbox for well over a decade. I live in Colorado, so it's not humid, and my basement is cool and dry. What should I consider to be "too old" when it comes to ammo? Should I dispose of these rounds, or will they still be safe and reliable? Thanks in advance!

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    It's young compared with some ammo stored around here. Your ammo should give normal velocities and pressures.
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    The ammo has been stored in a dry place and it is only 15 years old? I would not worry and use it.
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    Ammo shelf life in described conditions > than your shelf life
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    I shot some 30 year old ammo and its fine
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    I just shot world war II era .45 acp and it fired every time.

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    I've got some 1940's & 1950's ammo that shoots just fine. If that gives you an idea. All in if it's stored dry, etc. and is undamaged.
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    I shot some ammo from Montgomery wards recently and it worked perfectly fine. $0.29 a box I believe for .22LR probably 40 years old. My dad bought the stuff for competition shooting when he was in his teens.

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    I have some reloaded ammo I did in the early 70's as 38SPL that still fire. Stored in a good clean, low humidity and not HOT environment it will last a long time. If you have issues, cycle it out at a 10 year mark, or send it to me to dispose of.....
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    Under reasonable storage conditions 30 years is no problem. I shoot ammo that old all the time.
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    shot some stuff out of my safe was over 18 years old...no problem
    as long as its not overly humid...should be ok for many years

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    I have some older stuff in my safe that I have no worries about. I'm confident that it will go bang when I want it to.

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