Originally Posted by Shoobee
Back to the topic of ammo though -- old ammo seems to be more likely to fail than new ammo.
Good reason to stay away from old ammo.
I've used 30-40 YO ammo which was very dependable. But, yeah, the 70+
year old WWII corrosive Russian stuff has a laundry list of issues.
Cases split from top to bottom, simultaneously fire-forming too tightly
to the chamber. You need to beat them out with a rod from the muzzle.
Squibs, etc. You probably want to get milsurp ammo straight from the
freshly opened can, because it seems like exposure to humidity and
air doesn't help this stuff.
As to "same ammo firearms" if you went the 44-40 route, you were
sacrificing rifle power for a pistol round, with a boost in MV in the rifle.
But your range was minimal, for a rifle. IF you got a pistol designed to
shoot a rifle cartridge, you had bone cracking recoil in your pistol. So
yeah, it was more convenient as far as ammo went, but also a practice
which was pretty much restricted to travel. Most folks went back to
two calibers, once they were permanently home, and supply issues
were less of a problem.