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longevity of reloads v. factory loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by yhtomit, Mar 23, 2007.

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  1. yhtomit

    yhtomit Member

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    Hi there!

    I'm still a long way from actually getting into reloading, but I have a practical question about reloaded ammunition. Namely, are reloaded cases just as resistant to the ravages of time as are factory loaded ones? I know that commercial ammo has an impressive (to me, "amazing" might be a better word) shelf life.

    Assuming that the reloading was properly, carefully done, would you expect a similar shelf life for cartridges you have reloaded? Is commercial ammo somehow otherwise treated (invisible lacquer? :)) to make it resistant to humidity etc, or is a properly seated / crimped cartridge just inherently prepared for the 88pct humidity that too many parts of the U.S. seem to slog through part of each summer?

    Sorry if this is a repeated question ... my searching hasn't gotten me a proper thread, though.

    Cheers!

    timothy
     
  2. USSR

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    Assuming proper storage, Yes.

    Don
     
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    For long-term storage of both commercial and reloaded ammo, you can't beat a vacuum food-sealer. Bag it, drop in a dessicant pak, suck the air out, seal the bag and drop it in an ammo can.
     
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