Can Ammo Get Too Old?

Can Ammo Get Too Old?

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    Can Ammo Get Too Old?

    My father passed on his shotgun to me last summer (just getting old too shoot it). Saturday I was over visiting, and he gave me a box of shells he found. You can tell it is not new off the shelf. Everything looks to be in good condition.

    25 Western Super X Plastic Shotgun Shells 12 Ga. 2 3/4 1 1/4 oz. 6 shot from 1973 (was only $3.89 btw).

    Q: Is there any reason to continue to save these rounds?

    Q: Is there any concern that these rounds are to old to use?

    I have used older ammo in the past, but I have never used ammo that was 36 years old.
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    I have mil surp ammo for in both 8mm and 7.62x54r older than that, as long as the ammo was stored properly it should be just fine to shoot.
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    Like buckeye said, as long it is stored properly, it should be fine. If you are concerned to much, then just replace it. Shotgun shells are not that expensive.
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    If everything looks good and the brass is clean, no corrosion, I'd shoot it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    25 Western Super X Plastic Shotgun Shells 12 Ga. 2 3/4 1 1/4 oz. 6 shot from 1973 (was only $3.89 btw).


    worth more as a collectors item.


    walmart = 100 federal pack for $20 (btw).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoprilshoot View Post
    worth more as a collectors item.


    walmart = 100 federal pack for $20 (btw).
    Where in NC is this because Im right across the border and its $24 here for 100.

    Just to stay on topic, Ive got plenty of stuff my Father in Law left us when he passed. Some of it I gather from the lot #s is that its about 12-16 years old. The boxes are dirty and stuff but Im holding on to it.

    I think if you keep it clean and dry its fine.
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    If they are plastic hulls they should be all right. Even paper hull shells usually work.
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    If they have any collector value, I'm rich. Back in the late 70s when our local OTASCO was closing it's doors, I bought cases of Super X they were selling for $2.00 per box. Still have a bunch of them left. Unless the ones you have were stored in a bucket of water, they should still shoot just fine.

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    old ammo

    couple years ago i got some old shotgun shells (12g) that were
    probbily dated to mid 60's. anyway took them to do some
    target shooting last summer and every shell fired. no problems.
    as far as how they were stored just a metal coffee can with a
    plastic lid. so you should be good to go. hope that helps.
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    I suppose it can. I once had a few misfires when burning up some 45-70 and 38-55 black powder ammo that dated back to the late 1800s.

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    If they look clean, no corrosion, I would shoot them.You have any doubts buy new, its not worth worrying about.

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    I've used the exact same shells before and I know they had to have dated around the same time and they fired great

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    Went shooting with Dad last weekend, and fired some 30 year old .38 special ammo, other than been dirty no issues. Technology has come a long way in 30 years, powder these days seems a lot cleaner.
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    I collect old ammo. Again, as long as it's been stored properly, you should be good to go.
    Personally, I wouldn't fire them. I'd keep them for sentimental reasons. They're probably not worth much to anyone else, and again modern shotgun shells are cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    I collect old ammo. Again, as long as it's been stored properly, you should be good to go.
    Personally, I wouldn't fire them. I'd keep them for sentimental reasons. They're probably not worth much to anyone else, and again modern shotgun shells are cheap.
    I too would save them for sentimental value.
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