1. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    How long should one keep there carry ammo before replacing with fresh rounds?
     
  2. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    As a general rule I advise people to shot up there carry/duty ammo once a year. This keeps them familiar with the recoil/feel and accuracy of the ammo they rely on and it puts fresh ammo under the hammer.;)
    But to answer your question. If you do not contaminate your ammo with penetrating lubricants you can carry it for many years.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013

  3. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Well its not like were talking about bread here so assuming you aren't keeping your ammo in the creek out back you should be fine for many years.
    I still have stuff I loaded 30 years ago and it goes bang every time in fact I still have a bunch of old military 30-06 that still fires every time some of it is dated back in 40's.
     
  4. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Ok thanx. I know that my ammo is lookin a bit tarnished. I know that brass gets that way pretty quick. That an ive heard some ppl say u should change out once in a while
     
  5. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    If were talking personal defense rounds by all means cycle it periodically but target, hunting, plinking stuff last a very long time.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    This is very good advice. Unfortunately I can only "like" it once
     
  7. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    i like nickel coated brass for my "carry" ammo, i feel that it protects the integrity of it better, but i still shoot it from time to time, to stay familiar with the handling of that particular load & platform combination, as well as keep it "fresh", after all i want all the odds stacked in my favor in the unfortunate event i have to rely on it to save my bacon.
     
  8. Mercator

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    It will last indefinitely, but a SD gun needs to be practiced with and fired periodically.