How long can ammo be stored?

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by rockittsled, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. unclebuck5

    unclebuck5 Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I am shooting 03A3, 30-06 with a '42 headstamp.
  2. henryt

    henryt Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2020
    I have .270 going back to the 1930's that I sometimes shoot. .45 from the Korean War. .38 from the 1940's.

  3. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    Whew, went through at least 30 M1s for a friend in the last 3 years. They're both 30-06 and 7.62x51s (Navy and USMC Match rifles).

    308/7.62 M1s are really nice and I'm the guy that loads ammo for his 7.62s. Military chambers (7.62) are not 308. I actually am in love with the USMC NM 7.62 rifle.
  4. Roehl

    Roehl Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2019
    I had some 50 year old 45 Colt and Winchester 30/30 rounds. They all shot fine when I shot them. Found them in my parents house a few years ago.

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  5. kevinlittell

    kevinlittell Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2020
    Stored dry and indoors is many decades.

    Outside of a temperature controlled environment several decades.

    if the cases aren't a powdery green its usually good.
  6. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    Until prices go back down
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  7. BillKilgore

    BillKilgore Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winchester 1876 04.jpg

    Ammo will last over 100 years. These old black powder cartridges still go bang. They have been stored in average home conditions. In my life time, only one round has been fired.
  8. Nicholst55

    Nicholst55 Active Member

    Jul 23, 2020
    When I left Yuma Proving Ground in 2016, they were still routinely shooting LC 43 .50 Ball ammo, with perfect results.
  9. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Well......mine is a CMP issue rifle

  10. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    Shoots perfectly!
  11. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017

    I hear those barrels are good. Not real hard to NM it if you have patience. I've been through over 30 of my friends over the past 3 years. Two types of "bedding", type I and type II. What you'd want to do is type II. pr what people would consider normal glass bedding. There are NM parts, but they're not that important and scarce these days. Be advised you can't shoot CMP matches with a 308 last time I checked.

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