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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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How long is ammo good

I have a few boxes of 7mm and 25-06 ammo that is about 20 years old. They have been stored in my attic in their original boxes. I then placed the boxes in a bigger box. You guys think they are still good to go? Thanks
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If stored properly, which that ammo wasn't, modern ammo is good for at least a lifetime. Ideal place is cool, dry, with limited temperature fluctuation. Your ammo is more than likely still usable, but I wouldn't trust it for hunting, on the off chance it has been compromised. 20 years of the extreme temp. changes may have some effects on ignition or accuracy.
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If stored properly, which that ammo wasn't, modern ammo is good for at least a lifetime. Ideal place is cool, dry, with limited temperature fluctuation. Your ammo is more than likely still usable, but I wouldn't trust it for hunting, on the off chance it has been compromised. 20 years of the extreme temp. changes may have some effects on ignition or accuracy.
Let me add....the attic is also a room in my house that I use. Sort of like my upstairs man cave. So the temps were always pretty stable.
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Let me add....the attic is also a room in my house that I use. Sort of like my upstairs man cave. So the temps were always pretty stable.
Well , why didn't you say so!

If stored in a climate controlled area, you should be good to go. Good shootin'.
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I am still shooting trap loads I loaded in 1974 with no current issues.....Still have some power left that I will be reloading soon.

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I've used ammo stored for many years & never a problem. As mentioned....proper storage is the key.
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I once bought a soft gun case at a garage sale. It had a zipper pocket and I found some 12 ga.paper cartridge shot gun slugs in the pocket. No idea how old they were. When did Remington Peters stop making paper shotgun gun shells? I was curios so I walked out to the range and fired one. Yup, it went off. Shot center at 50 yds. Kicked like a mule in my single shot Pardner.

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What everyone else said. Can't understand how you guys have old ammo, my stuff gets used up pretty fast.
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Plastic shot gun shells came out in believe in the 60's. However, in 1967 I was still buying paper shells on sale for duck hunting.
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post #10 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 12:33 PM
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If you're shooting the all brass shotgun shells, then you have something that might be old!

You can still buy paper hull shells... I know Federal still makes them. Probably not going to find them on most store shelves. More than likely have to order online.

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