Question: Is 30 Year Old Ammo Still Good?

Is 50 year old ammunition still good?

After my experience of shooting thousands of different rounds more than 50 years old, I would advise you not to “dispose” of any old ammo.

As long as it has been kept dry and isn’t corroded, it will probably fire.

Older ammunition will probably fire, but don’t bet your life on it..

Is it OK to leave magazines loaded?

When left loaded to full capacity and not used, most magazines will very slowly lose some amount of spring tension over time. … So just to be safe, the best practice is to rotate the magazines periodically.

Does ammo go bad with age?

Ammunition doesn’t “expire” per se, but the gunpowder looses potency over time. The largest risk to shooting old ammunition isn’t a failure to fire, it’s the risk that you will actually fire the shot and it doesn’t have enough momentum to make it out the barrel.

How long does ammo stay good for?

10 yearsMost manufacturers guarantee that their ammunition will last for at least a decade. That said, ammunition can easily last beyond 10 years if it is stored under ideal conditions.

Is there an age limit to buy bullets?

Yes. Under the Gun Control Act (GCA), shotguns and rifles, and ammunition for shotguns or rifles may be sold only to individuals 18 years of age or older.

What does bad ammo look like?

If its casing is dented, looks corroded, the brass casing turned green. The projectile is damaged. The primer is bulged, or not flush. If you buy ammo at a gun show, or garage sale, and they say it’s old military surplus.