How long do you keep ammo in your daily carry gun?

How long do you keep ammo in your daily carry gun?

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View Poll Results: How long do you keep ammo in your daily carry gun, before it needs to be replaced?

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  • Less than 1 month

    21 11.67%
  • 1-3 months

    36 20.00%
  • 4-6 months

    32 17.78%
  • 6-12 months

    53 29.44%
  • 12-18 months

    17 9.44%
  • 1-2 years

    11 6.11%
  • 2-3 years

    0 0%
  • 3-4 years

    2 1.11%
  • 4-5 years

    0 0%
  • 5-10 years

    0 0%
  • 10+ years, or until I need to “use it”

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    How long do you keep ammo in your daily carry gun?

    There have been some topics about the life of ammo. It seems that while properly stored ammo in general will last 20+ years without any major problems; many folks find it necessary to cycle through the defensive ammo they carry only every few months. I understand that ammo in a carry gun is exposed to various environmental conditions and some stresses from potential loading and unloading that “stored ammo” would not see, but is there enough of a difference that would require shooting off your “carry ammo” every few months as opposed to once every year or two?

    I keep my “carry ammo” (that is the ammo that is actually loaded in a carry gun) for 1-2 years before firing it off and loading “fresh” ammo. In doing this I have never had any problems that would make me thing the ammo was too old or became unreliable.

    Even though I wait for 1-2 years before firing it off, I do periodically inspect my “carry ammo” for anything out of the ordinary (every time the firearm is unloaded for any reason or at least once a month). I check for things like the bullet being pushed into the casing, scrapes or excessive marks on the round, or any other signs of damage or fatigue. If anything is discovered, that round is removed from service and is disposed of.

    I would really like to get everyone’s thoughts about what you do, and an answer to the poll.

    Thanks, Joe
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    I go for 4-6 months but I'll add one other caveat.

    Altho I try to rotate the round that gets chambered I do check OAL of the carry ammo after a while - just to try and ensure I have not got any set back on a bullet. I am confident that if this is done then the carry ammo in the gun could actually go a year and more happily.
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    I would love to hear everyone's opinion, that is the reason I started this poll and thread. In addition to that I would also like to read about or see some test data about this subject. Does anyone have any links to articles or tests that have been done about this?
    I am sure tests have been done and articles have been written, I just have not found anything substantial that specifically talked about the service life of carry ammo.

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    After reading the answers on the other thread I have come up with the following for my way of doing it.

    I will buy a 20 round box of Speer Gold Dot GDHP and load one in the pipe and fill my two Chip McCormick magazines, for carry purposes.

    When I go to the range I will use my other three magazines and shoot Sellier & Bellot FMJ for IDPA and practice.

    Then every 6 months at daylight savings time I will shoot up the Gold Dot and buy a new box.
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    I had the same questions and poll about two months ago. I change about every 6 months. This is the same for the PD that I work for. When my duty ammo gets changed so does my CCW.

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    About cartridge rotation...

    Read an article a few years ago about cops and "One shot sydrome". Seems cops that regularly unload and reload their semis were suffering a BANG CLICK disease. Not sure why specifically, but the continual rotation of the top 2 rounds is BAD BAD BAD.
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    I shoot my carry ammo about once per month, and reload fresh. It's not that I think it will go bad, it just eases my mind to shoot it often, in a realistic scenario.

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    I carry what I shoot, so everytime I hit the range the carry ammo is the first to go. I reload with new stuff at the end of the range stuff, which in turn is cycled out the following week.

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    Every few months, I'll walk onto the range and from a "cold" state, shoot my loaded mags of defense ammo at 7 yards, rapidly unloading the gun into a silhouette target as if in a fight situation.

    Good test of reliable function, and of the ability to shoot acceptable groups without warming up.

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    I try to shoot one mag of carry ammo once a month.
    Sometimes it may be longer if there isn't a ready supply on hand.

    The rest of my range time is handloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    Every few months, I'll walk onto the range and from a "cold" state, shoot my loaded mags of defense ammo ...
    That's how I start each range visit.

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    i rotate mine out about 6 months

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    I go 3-4 years with the carry ammo usually.

    I have mags loaded I carry on the street, they come out of the gun, the bullet in the chamber gets fired with practice mags of ammo, then the street mags go back in the gun after cleaning, with another fresh round in the pipe.

    Never a problem with ammo or mags. I will change the ammo out if it gets wet which happened once when I chased a thief off the dock into the water on one of my contracts which was a marina

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    I usually shoot mine up about once a month....whenever I get to the Custer area. More often in the spring/summer, as I shoot a lot more during those times.

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    I simply fire my loaded mag when I get to the range, just as a additional check for function/relibility. I try to shoot the whole box of whatever I have on hand that month, just for good practice.
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