Changing your ammunition
This is a discussion on Changing your ammunition within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; So I was just thinking that the ammunition in my glock 27 has been there for about 6 months. I carry Corbon DPX .40 cal
December 8th, 2008 01:27 AM
Changing your ammunition
So I was just thinking that the ammunition in my glock 27 has been there for about 6 months. I carry Corbon DPX .40 cal
So my question is this. How often do you change out your Ammunition? Am I do to change out ammunition for some new stuff?
December 8th, 2008 01:36 AM
I like to make sure I'm staying proficient with my carry ammo as well and that it still functions in the gun. Probably every 2 months or so I shoot what is in the guns and refill with freshies.
Never thought about shelf life though.
On a side note, If you carry with a round chambered in your auto, especially a 9mm or .40S&W, go get a dial or digital caliper and check the over-all length of the first round in the mag, the one that always gets slammed into the chamber when you take the gun out and load it for the day. Every time it is racked, there is potential for the OAL to be shortened, if only by a little. If it is shorter compared to the rest of the rounds in the mag, disassemble it, DO NOT SHOOT IT. This shortened round could cause an over pressure, damaging the gun and potential hurting you, if you aren't using your gun to protect yourself, or worse if you are.
Just one more good reason to rotate your ammo.
December 8th, 2008 01:38 AM
wow thats something I have never thought of. I guess I will keep an eye on the OAL of my rounds
December 8th, 2008 03:41 AM
When I was a kid, my Dad collected old, unusual, out of date ammo. There's a lot of old rifles out there for which ammo hasn't been factory produced in over 50 years. So, people hit the gun shows and buy what they need off of collectors. In partucularly we used to sell a lot of old .405 ammo before Winchester started making it again. I've never heard of ammunition coming with an expiration date or going bad after sitting unused for too long.
We had this old Korean war-era box of 30'06 tracer ammo that we used to take out at sunset and have fun with more than 30 years later.
It's obviously a different story if it hasn't been stored properly. Wet ammo can go bad, and corroded stuff should never be fired.
December 8th, 2008 06:43 AM
When I go to the range, I shoot the first three SD rounds out of my mags to be sure that I use the rounds that have been touched by the extractor...then I go to the practices stuff.
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December 8th, 2008 09:45 AM
Just a question... Do many of you guys unload and load your weapons every day? I press check mine at the beginning of the day, but I never unload/reload unless I'm doing a dry fire exercise in the house or actually firing it at the range. Why would one unload and reload every evening/morning?
Originally Posted by AVIVIII
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December 8th, 2008 10:05 AM
I rotate my carry/duty ammo about twice a year, about April/May, and again in October. More often if I feel like it. A chambered round is rotated out of the weapon after about two times being chambered. Ammo stored in a dry place indoors is good for years.
I just don't understand loading and unloading on a daily basis. But then, I am "subject to duty" 24/7, even when not actually on the clock, so my usual duty/carry guns are also subject to duty 24/7. I don't see how a private citizen's defensive needs are somehow turned off when he gets home, or goes to bed, or whatever it is that motivates unloading. Perhaps some folks switch weapons, using different weapons for home defense and the street. I only unload for maintenance, or if I want to store a weapon for a while.
December 8th, 2008 10:25 AM
I usually change out my carry ammo at the seasonal changes. I do that, and then shoot the carry ammo at an IDPA match so I can test myself with the ammo I carry in a match setting.
I use Cor-Bon 165gr. JHPs in my .45
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December 8th, 2008 10:31 AM
If the primers and powders are kept properly it will out last us all, and remain serviceable.
December 8th, 2008 11:09 AM
you haven't shot that gun in 6 months?
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December 8th, 2008 11:19 AM
In my CCW course the instructor recommended changing ammo every six months because he said sometimes the oils you clean your guns with can get into your primer and weaken it. I change my ammo every six month because it gives me an excuse to buy more ammo and shoot the old stuff. I just went from Speer Gold Dot to Winchester Ranger Talon in my Sig P-226 .357 SIG.
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December 8th, 2008 01:20 PM
Originally Posted by NickEMT
The Box O' Truth #39 - Oil Vs. Primers - Page 1
Check out this link concerning oil on primers. The soaked rounds primer up with several different oils for 5 weeks and fired them. If the oil penetrated or evaporated they applied more.
All the rounds fired. YMMV
December 8th, 2008 03:00 PM
no I haven't shot the gun in 6 months ammunition is expensive and I'm in college. Its a Glock so I'm not worried about it firing. I do dry fire it once before I go out for the day.
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