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Old 02-19-2011, 07:23 PM
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Default 15 year old ammo

A local gun store went under, and I got 15-20 year old Nosler Partition Federal ammo. 7mm-08. Would you go hunting with these ?
4 boxes of NP would be a shame to blast at the range.

I shoot plently of old ammo at the range, in my other firearms and it's no difference. But I never went hunting with it. Never had a bad round, at least in a center fire. last week I fired a box of .30-06 that was 10 years old.

I will definately take one box to the range and test it.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:37 PM
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Sight in and go hunting with it. Assuming that there is no corrosion on the cases it's just like it was 10 years ago.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:48 PM
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I'm with bigbulls, as long as it's clean it should be fine. Today I shot some Winchester 300 Savage ammo from the 70's, shot just as good as new ammo.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:02 PM
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That should be fine. As long as it all looks good, go kill some deer. I shot some old paper 20gauge shells last week. I have no idea how old they were, but they shot good.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:21 AM
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Default Old stuff can still shoot

In fact, a fella was killed, not too long ago, by an exploding civil war artillery shell.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:47 AM
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I have cases of 30-06 and .30 cal carbine ammo that's from the WWII era and they all have fired just fine. Those have corrosive primers so a cleaning is a must but the thing is that ammo is over 60 years old. I have stashed the rest for the just in case the apocalypse happens type thing. Sounds militant huh. LOL
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:06 AM
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15 years old...??.. I have SOCKS older than that........

I have only had an issue one time with old ammo..It was a box of Winchester 7 x 57 factory loads a friend gave me years ago... He picked it up at a gun show and I have no idea how it may have been stored..

When I fired them, the catridges would actually HANGFIRE.. The firing pin would drop and there would be a 2-3 second delay and then the powder would go...

I used them up shooting holes in the 55 gallon drum that I used for a burn barrel at the time..
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:26 PM
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i have shot some shotshells that were much older than that and never have had a misfire and have hunted with them some. no problems
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:07 AM
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15 years isn't long...I've gone that long without talking to my wife! LOL

Seriously...They'll be fine. If there's a problem, it wouldn't be because of age, it would be because of improper storage or a defect.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:44 AM
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I was gifted a Colt 1911 that was an issued gun to the US Mint guards. The gun came with factory ammo that was new in 1937. It shoots just fine.
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