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How long does ammo last?

This is a discussion on How long does ammo last? within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; Just wondering how long can i keep some in storage for. I currently keep it in an ammo can and read about silcia (sp?) gel ...


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Old 02-07-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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How long does ammo last?

Just wondering how long can i keep some in storage for. I currently keep it in an ammo can and read about silcia (sp?) gel balls. Where can i get them?
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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For me ammo only last for ONE shot per round .
Now seriously i have had cartridges stored for up to 5 years and shot them with no problem. Now im living in a new beachfront property and i have started to notice that the ammo start to rust very quickly (within a month. I don know if that affects the shooting properties of the ammo but for sure is putting rust around the chamber anytime i load the gun).
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:47 PM   #3
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Don't know about silica gel balls, but ammo stored in a cool dry place will out last you and likely your children.

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Just wondering how long can i keep some in storage for. I currently keep it in an ammo can and read about silcia (sp?) gel balls. Where can i get them?
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:42 PM   #4
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I've shot some .308 mil. ammo from the 60s. Shoots fine. If properly stored in a cool dry place, ammo can "last" for 50yrs+. If you live near the beach, I would store mine in a GI ammo can w/ a desicent pack (silc. pack). You can get the desic. packs & GI ammo cans at most mil. surp. stores or on line.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:23 PM   #5
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As long as you keep in a cool, dry place and prevent corrosion....it should last a very long time. Mil surpluss ammo from WWII is still being fired today.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:28 PM   #6
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For cilica gel, or desiccant, google it and you will find a bunch places selling it for cheap.
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thank you all, i just bought about 1000 wwb 45acp rds from my military exchange for 12.50 for 50 and i know i will not be able to go though them quickly. well, i guess i could, but i cant put a dent like that in my wallet.
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I go through my pistol ammo quickly, but I have often fired MILSURP rifle ammo that was older than me.
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