Handful of ammo.

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    Handful of ammo.

    A while back, I asked about the life expectancy of ammo and got some great responses. While at a family gathering today, the same uncle walked up to me and gave me a handful of 9mm he found in a desk drawer. This stuff is obviously old, and includes a couple of things I've never seen. First thing that stood out was 2 rounds of Lapua lrn. I've never seen 9mm in lrn. Also, the lot included several rounds of Geco 9mm, which I had also never heard of.

    My question is, would it be safe to try to fire this stuff? Any downside to at least trying?

    I know Lapua has a good reputation in rifles, but I haven't heard anything about their pistol ammo. And this Geco stuff is completely foreign to me. Haven't seen it mentioned here before.

    What do you folks think?

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    "handful of 9mm he found in a desk drawer"

    I would wonder also if it factory ammo or reloads.

    unless I know the person, I would not want to shoot reloads.

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    Nothing new about LRN 9mm I have hundreds of them and there is nothing wrong with them. Are the other rounds safe? If your gun is safe to shoot, the ammo is going to be safe to shoot. Worst that may occur is a dud. If your concerned, shoot them one at a time. good luck
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    For just a handful, I wouldn't risk any of my firearms. They may be interesting to research on the I-net. You may have some that would be valuable to a collector.

    I sure don't see any upside to firing any of it. IMHO

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    Put it in a desk drawer for 30 years and give it your kid, redefine heirloom ammo.
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    Risk??? Shoot them! It not like they somehow got more powerful over time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    Risk??? Shoot them! It not like they somehow got more powerful over time...
    Less worried about them being more powerful, more like not enough omph to make it to the end of the barrel.


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    European ammo "runs hotter" in 9mm than ours in the US - so I'm doubting that would be an issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    Risk??? Shoot them! It not like they somehow got more powerful over time...
    I'd be more worried about them being the test loads where someone was curious if you REALLY could just fill the brass to the very top with powder and let the bullet compress it when you seat it.

    As others have said, for a handful of rounds (of mixed origin no less) I'd not shoot them.
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