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    If you don't know how many years it will be before it's used, then yes it is a better idea (though hardly necessary) to use an 0-ringed ammo can with desiccant than in the factory cardboard boxes. Stored in this method, your children can use it during their retirement years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterdrago View Post
    So when is 4 year old ammo too old?
    Have your Great-Great-Grandchildren check back on that. Depending on storage conditions, it MIGHT be an issue by then.

    Or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimmer View Post
    Weird... My chrono reads 38 caliber bullets down to < 300fps, and it picks up 22LR and even 17HMR bullets perfectly.
    I haven't had mine for long but it's never failed to read 5 shots in a row like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron3 View Post
    I haven't had mine for long but it's never failed to read 5 shots in a row like that.
    LOL... you sure you don't have 5 bullets piled up in the barrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimmer View Post
    LOL... you sure you don't have 5 bullets piled up in the barrel?
    Hehe..(ok, I lol'ed!) no, I've fired the gun many times since.

    But I probably should have checked at the time! I felt some recoil so I was pretty sure they left the barrel.

    I did later chrono the Magtech .32 s&w Short load and the 85 gr LRN averaged 692 fps with an ES of 9 fps from 5 shots (or 6) from the .327 LCR.

    Wasnt as weak as I thought it was going to be.

    PPU .32 S&W Long 98 gr avg 647 fps ES 81 fps same day.

    .25 acp 50 gr goes about 725 fps for the ammo l like so...it can all kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron3 View Post
    I did later chrono the Magtech .32 s&w Short load and the 85 gr LRN averaged 692 fps with an ES of 9 fps from 5 shots (or 6) from the .327 LCR.

    Wasn't as weak as I thought it was going to be.
    Still, that's less energy than a healthy .22LR... Recoil must be pretty mild.

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    A lot of my ammo is 5 or 6 years old. I vacuum seal it as soon as I get it home. It still looks brand new when I open it. But I've have some hand loads that just sat on my closet shelf in a plastic MTM case since 1986. The brass had oxidized but no corrosion on it. Tried some a couple of years ago and it shot just fine.

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    Keep ammunition stored in a cool, dry place and it will last for decades. The container is less important than the environment. Example: Some of the 30-06 I have on hand was made in 1968 and some of the 8mm Mauser was made in 1954. Neither show any signs of deterioration and samples chronograph like new ammunition.
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    I've shot 40 year old ammo no issue

    Most of my ammo collection is likely more than 4 years old now.

    I dont think its ammo age. It could just be bad ammo?

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    properly stored ammo will last DECADES. in some cases century(s) one of the local gun shop guys has some ww1 30-06. he will shoot some ocasionaly from his 1903.

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