How long are my Carry rounds good for?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by GlockRenegade, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. GlockRenegade

    GlockRenegade New Member

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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?
     
  2. Bear304inc

    Bear304inc New Member

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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....
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    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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  4. Nickwashere

    Nickwashere New Member

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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
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. GlockRenegade

    GlockRenegade New Member

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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.
     
  7. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  8. Nickwashere

    Nickwashere New Member

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    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 :)
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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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.
     
  10. techiej

    techiej New Member

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

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Whats the shelf life of a Twinkie? :)
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i believe moisture is going to be one of the biggest threat to the ammo. plus maybe salt in the air if you live in a coastal region. i believe keeping an eye on it and possible even cleaning the ammo itself on a regular basis maybe?

    i shoot fairly often so having to worry about fresh ammo isn't a concern for me. i think that some of the other members have posted some good ideas about this.

    just a few months ago, i shot some of my fathers rifle reloads that had been stored for over twenty years. 3/8" group at 100 yards! still worked perfectly.
     
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  13. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    fifty years past the nuclear blast if no nuclear blast then 'till Jesus comes
     
  14. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I had ammo over 30 years old, in east Texas humidity for over 20 years & with no special storage which fired fine. But I wouldn't rely on that with my SD ammo. I rotate it at least annually, but if my carry pistol is not on my belt, it's in a safe with a dehumidifier, so is not subjected to the humidity more than 2 months out of the year.
     
  15. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    I would recommend once or twice a year cycling your carry ammo.
     
  16. dsheppard

    dsheppard New Member

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    I carry everyday and I change my hp loads out atleast once a month for the simple fact of I put myself in real life situations and want to use my ccw ammo so I know exactly how it will fire in that situation
     
  17. jdkinman

    jdkinman New Member

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    *shrug* I trusted my life to ammo that had been sitting in depots for who knows HOW long when I was in the military. Same for our issue practice ammo when I was with the feds.

    It all went *bang* without fail, every single time.

    But this is definitely a "to each their own" decision and I highly recommend making it based upon YOUR comfort level rather than anyone else's.

    I've still got Federal Hydrahok +P+ 9mm that is over 20 years old I was issued. I carry it, test a few rounds every once in a while, and have yet to have a malfunction, failure to feed or to have it ignite.

    For my other guns, I generally carry my handloads and keep them swapped out pretty often.

    JD
     
  18. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You forgot to answer in the form of a question but CORRECT :p
     
  19. danolator

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    I just found some 3" 12 ga ammo that I had when we moved here 18 years ago. Cycled it down range the other day. Performed like a champ. My SD pistol ammo gets chambered and unchambered several times and maybe I'm superstitious, but I think this may cause a higher chance of an FTF versus the ammo actually not being capable of firing. For this reason, I cycle through my SD pistol rounds frequently.
     
  20. Sniper03

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    As long as they are kept dry and not in excessive heat they will last for years. I shot some Federal Gold Medal Match ammunition the other day that I have had on the shelf for at least 10 years and they shot flawlessly. Climate is the issue!
    However as some of the folks here have advised if they are for CCW or Duty I would at least switch them out every year just for safety sake. Since you or someone else's life could depending on it. Also the other thing that can damage them is case damage by being loaded and unloaded due to extractor damage on the rim! Any sign at all of slight burrs on the rim shoot them up.

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