How long does ammo last?

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  1. hatingthesuck

    hatingthesuck XDTalk 100 Member

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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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    For me ammo only last for ONE shot per round :p.
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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