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    Ammo shelf life?

    What is the shelf life of todays factory ammo? I was talking to a coworker of mine the other day and he said the government has made comments about having ammo manufactures shorten the shelf life of ammo to keep anyone from being able stock pile large amount of it. Anyone else heard this?
    I was actually thinking of buying a box of ammo every mont until I go a large supply for each of my firearms. But I dont want to waist my money if the ammo has a short shelf life.

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    ammo from WWII still goes bang

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    ammo will last a long time. ww2 ammo still goes bang. and i have found and shot some ammo older than ww2.
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    I have thousands of rounds that I loaded back in 1990, and it is all still good. Recently, I purchased a Mitchells' mauser 98K (yes the ones in the gun magazine ads are exactly what they advertise! get one now if you want) and I got a thousand rounds of surplus ammo from the early '50s for it. The ammo shoots, although not accurately, but it does still shoot. the key is to keep the stuff in a controlled environment, ie air conditioning. If you do that, and keep it dry, you will be shooting it forever.
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    I recently shot up some pistol ammo that I handloaded in 1982!

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    I have been looking at the K98... I take it your very happy?

    As for the ammo, if it stays dry it will last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace12 View Post
    What is the shelf life of todays factory ammo? I was talking to a coworker of mine the other day and he said the government has made comments about having ammo manufactures shorten the shelf life of ammo to keep anyone from being able stock pile large amount of it. Anyone else heard this?
    I was actually thinking of buying a box of ammo every mont until I go a large supply for each of my firearms. But I dont want to waist my money if the ammo has a short shelf life.
    I'm currently buying (2) boxes a month of WWB fmj for "just in case". Would it be better to store this ammo in plastic reload type boxes or just leave it in the original packaging. I was thinking the plastic reload type boxes would be a better choice but am not sure due to high humidity might cause condensation...dunno. These stock ammo boxes will also be stored in milsurp ammo cans. What do you guys think is the best way to store for long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n_America View Post
    I'm currently buying (2) boxes a month of WWB fmj for "just in case". Would it be better to store this ammo in plastic reload type boxes or just leave it in the original packaging. I was thinking the plastic reload type boxes would be a better choice but am not sure due to high humidity might cause condensation...dunno. These stock ammo boxes will also be stored in milsurp ammo cans. What do you guys think is the best way to store for long term.
    I'm also stockpiling WWB. I see nothing wrong with leaving them in the original packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n_America View Post
    . What do you guys think is the best way to store for long term.
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    What do you guys think is the best way to store for long term.
    You're already doing it the best way by using G.I. ammo cans. Don't expose them to extreme temperature fluctuations. Wouldn't hurt to throw a packet or two of dessicant into each can.

    I have a modest stockpile of G.I. .45 ACP hardball, loaded in 1962 and 1963. I shoot a box every month or so, they go bang every time. I keep this ammo stored in the house, not the garage or shed, in G.I. ammo cans.


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    I Zip Loc bag my original boxes and then shelf them in the basement.
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    When I was in the Air Force a buddy of mine ran the range and he had lots of ammo that the government had ruled out of date. Normally he blew it up but we used to shoot it in M3 grease guns and M1 carbines and 45 autos. It all shot very well. I don't believe properly stored ammo has a shelf life. Old ammo can have primer problems sometimes but rarely. I miss blowing away targets with full automatic fire from that old ammo. I can't remember a misfire in the thousands of rounds we fired.
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    Thanks guys, for the long term storage replies.
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    I 've shot a couple of boxes of ball ammo that was 50 years old.
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