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 Post subject: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:20 pm 
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Hello shotgun folk, I have run across three or four boxes of Remington light field loads in the garage that must be 10 years old, whats the opinion? Good? Bad? Maybe?

Thanks for your opinions, Jim


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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:29 pm 
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send them to me for scientific analysis. You can't be too careful. :wink:


I have shot 50 year old ammo before. in the case of shotshells, if the paper/plastic never got wet or detierorated in the sunlight, they ought to be fine. I have shot shells from the 80's...ammo lasts longer than most things as it turns out.


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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:48 pm 
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I still have some Remington Express high-base 6s (paper case, but fold crimped) from the '50s that I use on occasion to shoot a couple of pheasants.

They were my uncle's, and I do it in his memory. They work VERY well!

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:21 pm 
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I've got quite a bit of ammo from the '70's & '80's. It all shoots fine. As long as the shells aren't stored wet, they will outlast you.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:27 pm 
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Yup... as long as the powder has stayed dry, they should be fine.

I shot some shells that my grandfather bought back in the 40's... other than the one that was a little swollen and wouldn't chamber, they all went bang...


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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:10 pm 
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I've shot hundreds of 60 year old metallic cartridges. No mis-fires and accuracy was as I would have expected when the ammo was new.

Shotshells, if stored dry, should also last that long.

At 10 years old it hasn't even begun to age.


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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:29 am 
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I often shoot 40 and 50 year old paper shotshells that have been properly stored with no problems at all.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:22 am 
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It'll outlast you. :shock: :D :wink:

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:52 pm 
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How hot does your garage get? I had shells stored for a few years here in Phoenix, AZ where garage temperatures in the summer exceed well over 100 F. Several of these shells had discolored plastic hulls (Remington 20 gauge) and they would not cycle my model 1100 properly. No doubt that there was some deterioration of the powder. These hulls did work OK in my O/U.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:22 pm 
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Excessively high temperatures, any oil or moisture will deteriorate ammunition. Other factors are also at work but those typically take a long, long time.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:09 pm 
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How does your guy's ammo last that long? And how do you lose ammo? Right now I'm thinking that I have 375 rds at home that need to eat clay. It seems the more ammo I have in the house the more quickly it disappears. :D


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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:13 pm 
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Well...

Buckshot loads I make last a while. I don't exactly volume-shoot them.

Loads for my rifle live a long, long while unless they're for my AR.

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The longest a box of shells ever lasted in my basement was 5 months, and that was because I bought 10 flats at the time.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:13 pm 
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I have shot some 15 year old Federal 20ga. Duck and Pheasant loads that my dad had in his closet. When he passed away 3 years ago, I went out to Calif. to get the Ithaca M37 that he left me, along with a Belgian A5 Browning, and brought these shells back home with me. Not one mis-fire or dud. Of course, they were in a dark, dry closet all those years.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
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These are still working good for me!

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16 gauge paper shells sold by Sears..dated on the bottom inside flap is 04-63.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:43 am 
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Collectors are buying those old shotshells & box's. Put them on Ebay, never know what you might get of them.

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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:23 am 
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Don't try to sell the shells on eBay!

Ads for loaded ammo are likely to get pulled with a warning. Empty boxes and empty shells with fired primers will be fine if you make it clear in the ad.
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 Post subject: re: Shotgun shell Shelf Life
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:19 pm 
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Forever, give or take 1 Year :lol:

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Seriously, metallic stuff lasts forever. I had some .44 special that was from the 20's, and it went fine :wink:

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