I have 20-25 yr old ammo -Ok to shoot?

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    I have 20-25 yr old ammo -Ok to shoot?

    I have hundreds of rounds of .223 (made in Korea) and purchased in 1981. It was stored in my garage the last 13 years.

    My .45 acp has been stored inside my home. Some of both of these have been inside clips 12+ years too. Any problem with the clips/springs?

    I also have some older shot gun shells and lastly I have lots of 22 mini mag long rifle.

    1. the 22 being rim fire look fine so I think these should be ok to safely shoot?

    2. the .45's - little oxidation on casing but otherwise looks fine.

    3. the .223's have the red primer with a little of the oxidation (if I'm describing it correctly).

    Please advise. I am just getting back to the range after a 15 year lapse.

    Kwesi

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    I'd clean them up first then review miss fire safety rules just in case some do.
    I have used brasso to clean corrosion off ammo with no problems, just wipe them clean afterward.

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    I reread your post, a friend gave a couple of older mags as you describe. They worked fine as did the ammo, just clean them.

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    I believe it is!

    I have shot rounds (that I know for sure) 50 years old at least. I also had/have still several boxes of 1976 "Bi-Centennial" 30/30 rifle ammo that is from my Grandfathers ammo box he must have gotten a deal on them sometime and bought about 10 boxes. Unless it has been wet/damp when stored I don't see a problem with it.

    Also, there should be no problems with your mag springs either. They wear out from loading firing and loading over and over again.

    The oxidation on the .45 rounds "might" cause some feed issues.

    I have shot a lot of different stuff out of my Grandfathers ammo box and can honestly say I can't remember anytime I had any issue at all with any rounds from .22 - .45 and from .410 to 12 guage.

    If it passes the visual inspection, i'd use it up.


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    I've shot ammo that's 40 plus years old with no problems.If it
    looks safe I would use it.

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    Shouldn't be a problem. I'd go for it, and if I started to get a lot of misfires, then get rid of it.
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    It's surprising how old ammo can function very well - main thing will be the storage criteria plus in some cases knowing if it might be corrosive and so - suitable post-shooting cleaning regime to follow.

    My oldest has been ex mil .303 Brit of around 1943 made by Radway and Greene in UK - it mostly goes well but get the occasional handfire - that being short duration in region of a few msecs but - detectable. This is corrosive (chlorate primed) and so cleaning after has to be done to suit.
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    No, no, no....don't shoot any of it.

    PM me for my address, and I'll dispose of it all properly for you, for no charge.

    You only pay shipping........

    No, seriously, man, it should be OK. I've shot thousands of decades old milsurp, and some of it looked pretty doggoned skanky.

    But it all fired. Maybe two hang fires or double-strikes. That's about it.

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    I shot some 8mm Turk from the 1930s, all I did was take out some with cracked necks and other bad rounds and shot the rest.


    On some of the C&R forums they have reports for lots of the surplus ammo flowting around. There are certian years and bartches that you don't want to shoot, like some of the 1950s Yugo 8mm. I had some 8mm yugo from 1954 split down the side and blow brass in my face. I then looked online and read that this has happened to quite a few other people as well. Live and learn.

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