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    How long will bullets last?

    I've always wondered how long bullets will last. I'm sure different conditions will make a difference so what about in a safe? 5years, 10, in defiantly? Is there a unwritten rule? If their 10 years old get new ones?

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    Good question, I've wondered about it myself. I bet Colorado Cowboy might have an answer for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eberle View Post
    Good question, I've wondered about it myself. I bet Colorado Cowboy might have an answer for us.
    I thought the same thing. I bet he will know.
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    I vacuum seal the bags and put then in sealed ammo cans. I hope they will last a while because I have some SHTF ammo that I am counting on lasting.
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    I've had some bullets leftover after working up loads that I didn't like but didn't want to throw them away and just kept them.....for years with no signs of deteriorating I would think if you keep them dry and out of the elements I don't see why they would last indefinitely.

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    I keep mine stored in a dry area that has a constant temperature, and don't see any ill effects after several years.

    Years ago, I shot some .270 bullets that my grandpa gave me. They were probably 25 years old, and they just smoked a little out of the barrel.
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    I've got some old bullets from my grandpa and they've got to be 30-40 years old in random calibers that I don't have. Is it ok to just throw them in the garbage or is there a certain way you should dispose them?

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    Well guys...it depends. Powder and primers don't like moisture and excessive heat. Given that most ammunition is pretty well sealed, excessive heat will cause problems if exposure is long term. Shotgun ammo is way less resistant.

    I have shot military surplus ammunition that was over 50 years old. Military ammo is made to very strict specs for environment protection and does well long term. I know people who have shot WWII stuff that shot well. You just have to remember on ammo loaded before 1950 the priming was probably corrosive and can damage barrels. In the 60s my Dad and some buddies bought a lot of surplus .22 rimfire from the 40's. Lots of it wouldn't go boom. Rimfire seems a lot more prone to misfires as it gets older.

    Store your ammunition in a cool, dry place and it will likely outlive you! Vacuum bagging is a great idea.

    Fink...the smoking was probably caused by the powder. Lots of the older powder smoked more than the stuff does today. Yes even smokeless smokes a little!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDHunter View Post
    I've got some old bullets from my grandpa and they've got to be 30-40 years old in random calibers that I don't have. Is it ok to just throw them in the garbage or is there a certain way you should dispose them?
    If you have a local shooting club, contact them. You might have some that could have collector value.
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    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 !!

 

 

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