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does some ammo break down over time? on purpose?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jlott00, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. jlott00

    jlott00 Well-Known Member

    i was told that possibly some federal ammo breaks down over time on purpose. as they came up with a powder that breaks down... so you cant store it.

    also i noticed its not laquer sealed on the primer......

    so does it break down????? and how well will it hold up not being sealed?
    here is the ammo....


    NOLAEMT Well-Known Member


    Buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it

    (Sorry, that was the nome that lives in my head talking, he always gets me into trouble, convincing me to buy more gun stuff:evil:)
  3. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    Another lie.
  4. jlott00

    jlott00 Well-Known Member

    id hope so, but hell would you be surprised?

    any thoughts on the primer?
  5. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    Noncorrosive primers (all modern US production) should work fine for 30-50 years and may ("may") get less reliable with age. Nontoxic primers, generally used only in some handgun ammo, may have considerably shorter storage life than that, which is one of the reasons they haven't been adopted much.

    Corrosive primers, which were the standard through WWII and common in the combloc through at least the 1980's, have pretty much indefinite storage life. Other components, like the case, will probably decay before they do.
  6. bobelk99

    bobelk99 Well-Known Member

    The ammo should be good for 69 years or so.

    The breakdown thing probably needs to be put in the Urban Legend category.

    I just loaded some rounds with 45 year old powder, that was not sealed nearly as good as commercial ammo.

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