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Old 11-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Anybody help with the average shelf life for ammo & proper storing techniques? Thanks much.

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^^^Perfect answers^^^

$10 bucks a piece at a military surplus store, check for a good seal (dry rot).

I kept a couple of ammo trays in various calibers for transport to the range...those cans get heavy when they're full... (nice problem to have...)

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Throw a desicant pack in your storage container too.

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I've had a few boxes of M1 carbine .30 cal ammunition and .38 special ammunition left in large plastic storage box since 1971 that I found six years ago. All of it shot just fine. A couple of .30 cal. carbine 20 round magazines were loaded in there for all those years and the ammunition as well as the magazines worked fine too. This box had alot of other unrelated stuff in it and moved with me over half the state over the years. Mostly this box of stuff with the ammunition in it was stored in a garage up in the rafters of the houses where ever I lived.

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And to prevent the dry rot, run a drop of oil along the rubber seal to help lubricate it. Just make sure to not use so much oil that it can wander down into your primers. Just a finger tip and then wipe off with a rag.
If the ammo boxes have real rubber seals, I would suggest using RV rubber seal conditioner (1) if anything.

Petroleum is not not friendly to real rubber.
[B] rubber is damaged by aging, sunlight, oil, and perspiration. (2)



Footnotes
1 This link is from camping world, not because I like them, but because they are nationwide.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/slide-out-rubber-seal-conditioner/21224

2 While rubber is still used in textile manufacturing, its low tenacity limits its use in lightweight garments because latex lacks resistance to oxidizing agents and is damaged by aging, sunlight, oil, and perspiration. from Wikpedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_rubber#Textile_applications
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