old ammo?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by bradam, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. bradam

    bradam Member

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    I purchased in 1996 2000k rounds of 5.56x45mm ball M1A4, 30 round boxes sealed in military green waterproof heavy vinyl bags. Is this stuff any good?
     
  2. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes :).....
     

  3. bradam

    bradam Member

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    perhaps I need more: "Just in case":)
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    bradam,

    As long as it has been kept dry as the container you mentioned I am sure it is still very good. I have shot 30+ year old ammunition with no problem at all. But always kept it dry and not exposed to excessive heat. So go shooting and have fun!

    03
     
  5. bradam

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    Been stored in the house, 80 degree summe,r 70 degree winter, and no leaky roof. Thanks for the good news
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You have not gotten close to old yet. I am still shooting stuff with a WW 2 headstamp.
     
  7. bradam

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    Might open i package (200 rounds) for testing purposes only, and then start buying again.
     
  8. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Absolutely not! Pm me I can help dispose of it properly!;)
     
  9. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I inherited Gramma's 1964 11-48 and the ammo she bought in '64...

    Stored in the original boxes, in a sump pump room in the basement...(obviously)

    Every last bit shot just fine...

    I gotta figure, as long as you don't keep it in your fishtank, it's good to go...:cool:
     
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  10. sbeezy

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    Not to hijack the thread but are there any torture tests on ammo to show at what point it will become less reliable or stop working completely? It seems like ammo is good for a long time even in crappy conditions.
     
  11. bradam

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    central calif. along the sierra nevada foothills is a long way from maine:)
     
  12. Shade

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    I have some new in the can 1968 5.56 Tracers Twin Cities Plant. Everyone
    fires holds tight groups and the tracer has worked on every round so far!
     
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  13. ZombieBrawler

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    Last year i bought 1960's surplus ammo, still have some, shot a few hundred off. All were in spam cans and still perfect condition. No worries!
     
  14. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    That stuff is dangerous and should never be fired. Send it to me for proper disposal. ;):D
     
  15. bradam

    bradam Member

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    you should get together with Pasquanel:)
     
  16. bradam

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    ammo

    Thanks everyone for the replies.:)
     
  17. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    What 2,000,000 (2 million) rounds are not enough???? (LOL)

    Jim
     
  18. bradam

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    delete the k or the three zeros either way I should stick to numbers or letters, not both:)