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    How long will todays ammo last in storage?

    A guy told me that Obama passed some stupid law that all of todays modern factory ammo could only last about 5 years in storage. I think that is incorrect. Can any of you tell me for sure? I was thinking that decent factory ammo stored in ammo boxes in a dry closet would last 100+ years. What are your thoughts?

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    I have been shooting some 8X56R made in Austria in 1938 without any problems. I would imagine any quality ammo kept clean and dry should be good for at least 50 years.
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    If stored away from excessive, heat, cold, water or chemical contamination commercial ammo will last indefinitely.

    Most military surplus ammo is even better sealed than commercial ammo.

    I've got circa 1936 6.5mm Italian Carcano ammo that shoots as good as the day it was made.

    I've even got a couple of boxes of circa 1912 .45 ACP that I may test drive one of these days if some collector doesn't convince me to part with it.
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    `As others have said...for a long...long time it will last......keep your ammo dry...cool and safe....and it will out last you...`

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    Keep mine in surplus ammo boxes with a couple of dessicant bags thrown in for good measure. Kept in the basement. Hopefully will last me a few more years
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    The other approach to gun control is screwing with ammo, putting incredible tax on it, limiting what you can have in your possession, microstamping to make cost prohibitive, going leadless, lotsa BHOS. I have even heard the suggestion of making ammo that will deteriorate after a given period of time. Lotsa luck trying to sneak that one in on us. What ammo mfg would even consider such a thing? Well......any large ammo mfgs out there have big Govt. Contracts??? Nah, I like to think they.....

    At this point, no definite dates on shelf life, but I wouldn't place any bets on some bulk .22 ammo, some of it sucks when new.
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    I read a story about the first production run of Unique powder - they stored a few pounds of it in a bag and every few years they would load up a round or two and see how it was holding up. That was over 100 years ago, and they're still making rounds from that batch. It still fires just like the Unique they make today.

    I think if you control humidity and temperature, todays ammo will last longer than we will.
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    Thank you all for your answers. I feel alot better about it now. Much appreciated.

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    If he did and no one is aware of this we wont know until five years from now.
    I hope this isnt the case, I would hate to find out the hard way.

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    It has been kicked around, but the legal issues that would go with it are a lawyers dream come true. To make a primer or powder that would have a limited shelf life means they would lose power over time. Old round sticks in barrel, new round behind it blows gun, or husband ons killed by bad guy when ammo crapped out early, etc. The limited shelf life stuff would also be effected by heat, cold, etc., because that is the nature of things with a limited shelf life. Modern primers and powders do not lend themselves to this type pipe dream, as said before they are designed to be consistent inert time and for the most part conditions, once loaded. I have powder and primers that is well over 40 years old that chronys with the new lots of powder, etc. Also have some old 22 ammo that shoots better than some of the new stuff.
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