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Old 06-16-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Ive had many answers in this so please give me your $.02. Is there a point where my carry rounds are no longer any good? Can i carry the same 15 rounds for 6 months? A year? 2 years? I do switch out mags occasionally. I rotate between 3 mags, each is a different type of HP or JHP. I live in south Texas, lots of heat and humidty, what effects can this have?

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #2
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I just would go to the range and rotate through your carry ammo with new rounds. I don't have that problem, can't seem to keep enough fresh rounds much less have them a couple of years....

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Ive had many answers in this so please give me your $.02. Is there a point where my carry rounds are no longer any good? Can i carry the same 15 rounds for 6 months? A year? 2 years? I do switch out mags occasionally. I rotate between 3 mags, each is a different type of HP or JHP. I live in south Texas, lots of heat and humidty, what effects can this have?
moisture and humidity would be the major cause of damage to a round. There is no magic time frame but 6 months would seem to make sense as long as there is no visible corrosion, etc. One thing to keep in mind however is the effect of chambering the same round over and over...it will eventually seat the bullet further down in the casing, leading potentially to a FTF or a KABOOM. Not a good thing in a carry gun. Rotate the top round in the mag and be sure to verify the COL against a new in box round.

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I shoot my firearm often, when I shoot my firearm I shoot the ammunition that I have been carrying and I buy the same exact type of ammunition to continue to carry.. this keeps my ammunition fresh and my skill level high in case 1 day god forbid I need it

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In theory the ammo will last 100 years(I've shot alot of ammo over 50 years old). But why take a chance. Rotate your ammo. I assume shoot fairly often anyway. So shoot it up.

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I have heard of bullet setback so I dont chamber the same round more than 3 times. I do usually shoot a few of them off at the range. But these are HPs and JHPs. Kinda pricey to replace every time. Great feedback tho guys appreciate it.

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I would rather carry target ammo that I knew would fire instead of some super duper ammo that had been in the gun for a couple years.

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I have heard of bullet setback so I dont chamber the same round more than 3 times. I do usually shoot a few of them off at the range. But these are HPs and JHPs. Kinda pricey to replace every time. Great feedback tho guys appreciate it.
Well I didn't mean that I shoot loads of it my first couple shots and last couple shots, I shoot my cary ammo..so I burn a box every 4 months or so..and it does shoot about 2 inches lower, even though I guess that doesn't really matter with practical accuracy.. I reload my plinking ammo..and hey I have to replenish my brass cases some how :-)
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Going through my storage area, I found a 9mm that had been loaded for a couple of years.

Took that ammo and fresh (never loaded in a mag, but also a couple of years old) to the range.

The ammo that was in the gun fired as if they were black powder. Delayed ignition after hammer struck. I don't know why. It could have been oil or something. The rounds that were never loaded shot great.

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I don't rechamber my carry rounds and do a complete rreplacement about 2x year.

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