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 Shelf life of reloaded ammo 
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 12:05 am 
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Ok, I know that properly stored factory loaded ammo will last a LONG time, but what about reloads? Will they also keep, or do you have use them within a shorter period of time?

I don't reload yet, but have been thinking about it...


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I don't reload either, but I'm pretty sure gunpowder doesn't just go bad whether it's put in the case by you or by the factory.


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Last Fall I shot up 50 rds of .357 that I loaded in 1981. No Problems at all.


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I have shot reloads that were loaded back in the 70's this last fall. They were loaded with Herters primers and bullets. I don't think those have been around since the late 60's.

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Shouldn't matter if it's factory or hand rolled.
Store it properly, and it'll last a good long time.

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Cool, I was just thinking that factory ammo might be better sealed, preventing air/moisture from affecting the power. Sounds like there's no worries.


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Cool, I was just thinking that factory ammo might be better sealed, preventing air/moisture from affecting the power. Sounds like there's no worries.


It is, the bullets and primers are sealed with shellack or similar, but this is done as a Belt and Suspenders method of ensuring long shelf life in damp bunkers etc.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Selurcspi wrote:
dismal wrote:
Cool, I was just thinking that factory ammo might be better sealed, preventing air/moisture from affecting the power. Sounds like there's no worries.


It is, the bullets and primers are sealed with shellack or similar, but this is done as a Belt and Suspenders method of ensuring long shelf life in damp bunkers etc.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


Maybe mil-spec ammo is.

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Selurcspi wrote:
dismal wrote:
Cool, I was just thinking that factory ammo might be better sealed, preventing air/moisture from affecting the power. Sounds like there's no worries.


It is, the bullets and primers are sealed with shellack or similar, but this is done as a Belt and Suspenders method of ensuring long shelf life in damp bunkers etc.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


Something about fisnets and frilly things in there too :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Selurcspi wrote:
dismal wrote:
Cool, I was just thinking that factory ammo might be better sealed, preventing air/moisture from affecting the power. Sounds like there's no worries.


It is, the bullets and primers are sealed with shellack or similar, but this is done as a Belt and Suspenders method of ensuring long shelf life in damp bunkers etc.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


Something about fisnets and frilly things in there too :lol: :lol: :lol:


Only a DOM like you would jump to that conclusion.
:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

I would have said braces, but others here would think I was talking about teeth.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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The brits are getting randy again. Where is the firehose when you need it.


Do the double base powders have a problem with settling out? I assume this would only be use in some of the magnum and exotic cartiages?


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What is the "Proper" way to store ammo? In an ammo can I'd assume or are there other "proper" ways to do it? maybe the question should be, whats the improper way to store ammo?


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What is the "Proper" way to store ammo? In an ammo can I'd assume or are there other "proper" ways to do it? maybe the question should be, whats the improper way to store ammo?


Jon


In an area with controlled temp and humidity. I prefer my basement in a backroom on a shelf.

I have an uncle that keeps it in the shed in a cabinet outside. He's got ammo there that is older than me. It all still works.

So long as you protect it from the elements, you should be good.

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The brits are getting randy again. Where is the firehose when you need it.


Do the double base powders have a problem with settling out? I assume this would only be use in some of the magnum and exotic cartiages?


No.....

Ammunition if properly stored will keep a good long time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:32 pm 
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I have some 10 - 15 year old 9mm handloads that work just fine, and they're hand cast lead bullets with Alox lube, no less. Time flies when you start moving up in caliber...


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