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    The question was about bullets but it seems most of the replies are talking about cartridges. I was going to say I think bullets will pretty much last forever. But if we're talking about loaded ammunition, well, I don't know, but I would try to not let my ammo get so old. If you can't use it within at least ten years or so, maybe you should think about selling some of your guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdan68 View Post
    The question was about bullets but it seems most of the replies are talking about cartridges. I was going to say I think bullets will pretty much last forever. But if we're talking about loaded ammunition, well, I don't know, but I would try to not let my ammo get so old. If you can't use it within at least ten years or so, maybe you should think about selling some of your guns.
    Your correct I did say bullets but I did meant cartridges. Thanks for the clarification! Thanks for your input also
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    Quote Originally Posted by packer58 View Post
    I was going through some of my .22 rim fire ammo the other day and found a couple bricks of 1983 vintage Wildcats @ $.89 per box no less.
    Oh man, I ran through a ton of those wildcats when I was a little kid!
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    I dont have a number but I would say a long time and I have shot some I know was over 30 and it shot fine. The main thing is to keep it dry and at a somewhat constant temp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packer58 View Post
    I was going through some of my .22 rim fire ammo the other day and found a couple bricks of 1983 vintage Wildcats @ $.89 per box no less. They shot just fine, however I keep them in a big ammo can that is sealed. I think powders will degrade over the years but to what extent I have no clue. Personally I store most of my ammo in MTM boxes which are then stored in a couple old ice chests that sorta kinda provides the climate control. So far no issues !!
    Hey, I've got some Wildcats from the mid 80's, they shoot fine. They're stored in an unheated storage room and have been there since I purchased them. No problems with any of my old ammo. I will go to some of the plastic ammo cans (metal sweats) with the O-ring seals however. Of course we have really low humidity here in Wyoming.

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    I've got a bunch of surplus WWII .30-06 ammo I shoot out of my grandpa's M1903 Springfield. It shoots fine!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodtick View Post
    I've got a bunch of surplus WWII .30-06 ammo I shoot out of my grandpa's M1903 Springfield. It shoots fine!!
    You should check the headstamp for year of mfg, if it was 1945 or older, it probably has mercuric priming which can be corrosive. For safety sake, anything pre 1950, I thoroughly clean the bore after every shooting session. The fouling primer material can showup in later than 1945 ammo. I don't think it was used after 1950. The ammunition still shoots good, its the residue that's left in the barrel that can ruin it.
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    Already on top of that one CC, thanks for looking out for me though!!
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    ......I don't know the answer, but for some reason my ammo never seems to last more than 2-3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    ......I don't know the answer, but for some reason my ammo never seems to last more than 2-3 years.
    I can say that for my AR 223 ammo doesn't last for more then a year! Haha
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