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    PhillyCheese is offline Junior Member
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    Shelf life of ammo?

    Does ammo of any kind have a shelf life?
    This question is mainly for semi and revolver rounds but may as well include everything else.
    I have a box of 44 magnums that I bought two years ago. I have never used them and just wanted to make sure that they are indeed o k to shoot.

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    If they were stored properly they are fine to shoot. I am not sure what the self life is but I know I have shot some pretty old bullets without a worry before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillyCheese View Post
    Does ammo of any kind have a shelf life?
    This question is mainly for semi and revolver rounds but may as well include everything else.
    I have a box of 44 magnums that I bought two years ago. I have never used them and just wanted to make sure that they are indeed o k to shoot.
    If stored properly, not really. Guys with Mosin-Nagant and Lee-Enfield rifles shoot old military surplus rounds all the time, and a lot of that is decades old.

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    Loaded components are quite stable unless they get wet or very very hot. If stored in conditions that we humans are comfortable in, ammo will last for a lifetime.

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    Thank You

    Thank you everyone for your input. I now feel good about shooting the ammo I have had laying around for a couple of years.

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    I shot some really old paper hulled 12ga shells a while back...no problems but I got some confetti action haha

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    Thumbs up

    Modern ammunition stored at a fairly steady climate will out
    last the owner. I am still firing military surplus ammunition produced during WWll, some factory stuff even much older, and reloads for an antique rifle which I loaded in 1971.

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