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Threetango 09-28-2012 08:17 PM

How Old
Just to give an idea how long some ammunition lasts.
In October 1992 I bought 500 rds of this 7.62x39 ammo at a gun show for $2.99 a box and fired two boxes "20 rds to a box" today without any failures in the Saiga AK I just purchased. The ammo has been stored with a desiccant pak in an old ammo box ( looks like it's made of wood and particle board) for the last 20 years.
Nice to know ammo will last and function properly after years of storage.:D

Coyotenator 09-29-2012 12:24 AM

In 1994 I fired a bunch of 30.06 ammo that was manufactured in 1939 and .45 ACP that was made in 1954 without a single FTF .I think if it is stored correctly ammo will last for a lot longer than you might believe.

PanBaccha 09-29-2012 12:42 AM

Glad to hear of its longeveity. Comforting to know.

Rick1967 09-29-2012 12:49 AM

I bought an 8mm turkish mauser a few years ago. It came with a couple hundred rounds of old surplus ammo in bandoleers. I believe they had been stored in a dresser drawer in the guys garage. The ammo was worthless. Not one round went off on the first try. It would take 3 or 4 hits if it went off at all.

Proper storage is very important.

JonM 09-29-2012 01:44 AM

most of the 50cal ammo being used by our snipers in iraq is ww2 manufacture...

c3shooter 09-29-2012 01:47 AM

With the exception of REALLY old ammo with fulminate of mercury primers (around 1900) the key to the lifespan of ammo is STORAGE. Cool and dry, will last longer than you will.

The weak spot of ammo IS the primers. Have shot 60 yr old ammo that was flawless. Have ATTEMPTED to shoot other ammo that was apprently stored at the bottom of the goat pen- Fail to fire- or delayed firing by a full half second for half the ammo. Paki .303 Enfield- pulled the bullets, scrapped everything else.

locutus 09-29-2012 03:48 PM


What he said. Properly stored ammo will last almost forever.

fupuk 10-02-2012 05:33 AM

I use surplus ammo for my Akm and my mosin. All of my mosin rounds were made in the 50's and most of my Akm rounds were made in the 70's and 80's and still go bang everytime. I have a few spam cans for my Akm that hasnt been opened and was produced in the 70's and wont be opened unless i need them. And im 99.9% sure they will still work when the time is needed.

30-30remchester 10-02-2012 09:58 PM

I shot a buffalo with a cartridge that was 130 years old and loaded with black powder. The bullet traveled in excess of 3 feet into the buff and produced a rapid death for the noble beast. So if properly cared for the ammo should outlast you.

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