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Ammo is suited for hoarding, if stored properly it can last for 50 years or more. Reloading components might be good for even longer

FWIW, I still have 3 boxes of Winchester match pistol .22 long rifle ammo from a brick that I bought in late 1967 and a couple boxes of Federal long rifle that went up and down the ALCAN Highway in the late 60s/early 70s 5 or 4 times. I want to take them out to the range and fire them using a chronograph to see if they had deteriorated over time. It would have to be a perfect sunny day with little or no wind and few other shooters, probably on a Friday afternoon.

I would also caution y’all about storing reloaded pistol ammo for long periods of time. I found that .44 reloads that are older than about 15 or 12 years tend to split the cases when fired. It isn’t a major problem with a revolver but in a semi-auto pistol it can cause damage to both the pistol and/or shooter. I try to shoot up my 9mm and .45 auto reloads before they are 8 or 9 years old. I recently fired 50 rounds of 25-06 cartridges that I had loaded about 30 years ago using cases that I had resized from once fired 30-06 cases. About 60 percent of the fired cases had cracked necks - not a great danger but I dumped the rest of the fired cases and removed the bullets from some old .44 ammo and will dump the cases & burn the powder.

C.J.V. - still have some primers from the late 60s that I’ll have to dispose of, me
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