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I have had my carry ammo way before I got my permit and my range does not allow me to bring my own ammo. How long can I keep this ammo before I should start worrying about it not working when I need it? My range does not allow outside ammo how else am I supposed to use it.
 

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Absolutely no other range you can shoot it at?

Other than that...

Do they inspect your mags when you go to the range? If not, just have one mag of your carry ammo with your other mags. During the course of shooting, cook that one off.

Should be able to last for years, as long as you're not storing it in vats of WD-40 or something.

-JT
 

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Store it in a cool dry place and you should be good for a long time. I had 20 year old ammo that I just shot off at the range a couple of weeks ago. I had no problems with it at all and it shot as well as the ammo I bought that day at the range's gun shop. On another note, keep the box you buy from them. You can substitute some of yours into their box unless they actually inspect the box. Where do you shoot?
 

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Absolutely no other range you can shoot it at?

Other than that...

Do they inspect your mags when you go to the range? If not, just have one mag of your carry ammo with your other mags. During the course of shooting, cook that one off.

Should be able to last for years, as long as you're not storing it in vats of WD-40 or something.

-JT

I guess I could carry an extra mag of my carry ammo at the range as long as I buy theirs. Also good to know that there is really no shelf life on bullets
 

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Even though there is technically no shelf life for ammo, I would rotate them out at least every 6 months. Cthulhu suggestion is a good one. Use it at your range but make sure you support them by buying their ammo.
 

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Stored in a cool dry place, ammunition should last a very long time. What might be more of a worry is bullit setback. Thats what happens when you rechamber the same round multiple times. When you empty the chamber, take that round and place it at the bottom of the magazine. This will prevent you from rechambering that round again.
 

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I keep mine in the AC closet locked in plastic ammo boxes.
 

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Yep thats a good idea buy one or two boxes of thier ammo then keep the empty boxes and when you get home fill them up with your ammo well thats if they dont check. But i would seriously look into another place here in orlando they dont make you buy thiers i go to wally world get a couple of boxes of winchester white box and im good to go.
 

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I agree with the idea of changing your carry ammo out every 6 months...particularly if you carry 'on body'...
Other than that....seems like a couple of good suggestion as to how to use it up.
 

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Yep thats a good idea buy one or two boxes of thier ammo then keep the empty boxes and when you get home fill them up with your ammo well thats if they dont check. But i would seriously look into another place here in orlando they dont make you buy thiers i go to wally world get a couple of boxes of winchester white box and im good to go.
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I also go to a range that will not allow reloads, soooooo .... I have several old factory load boxes, load them up with reloads, and when they inspect my ammo they see the factory load boxes and I am good to go!! :D

If you are concerned about the storage of your ammo, go to a gun show and buy a metal military ammo box. They are rubber sealed ( make sure the rubber seal is in good condition), which will not allow moisture in, and will keep your ammo good to go.

I have some ammo which I bought in bulk from decades ago ( when it was cheap, man was that a great move on my part!! :D ) and it is still in as new condition. Shoots and groups great!!


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I would seriously think about changing ranges, fast!

I use Speer Gold Dots. Usually +P in 9mm and 45acp. Fast and hot. There are other equivilant loads out there, the most important thing being is it reliable in your gun? And the only way to find out is to shoot the stuff!

So. I shoot at least a couple of boxes of Gold Dots in my carry guns every trip to the range, regardless of cost. No reloading here. I want it factory sealed to perfection. THEY have a reputation to maintain. I don't Nor does my reloader. I want one hundred percent reliability. Not 99 ... one hundred. That means no misfeeds, no duds, no nothing except bang when I pull the trigger. Bang. Every time. One hundred percent.

You are betting your life on the load. And you have got to know. No exceptions. Jeez. They gotta make an exception at least for testing self defense loads, no?

Like I say, I generally keep about two or three hundred rounds in stock of each of 9mm and 45 acp. Gold Dots. And I stamp the date on each box. I rotate through them monthly.... never more that a half year or so old. My life is worth it.

One other thing. NEVER keep the magazines fully loaded. I always rotate through the magazines also and keep several spare springs on hand. I rotate the magazine and the springs. And I never keep a magazine fully loaded to compress the spring for long periods of time. I usually take the loaded magazines to the range and fire them off every couple of weeks and then rotate to some new ones. As soon as I feel the spring is getting the least bit mushy I replace it. And I keep the mags clean as a whistle all the time as well and occasionally run a fluffy brush through them with some dry lube on it. Never we lube. You don't want to be killin the primers or the powder or attracting dirt.

Be safe out there.
 

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I have had my carry ammo way before I got my permit and my range does not allow me to bring my own ammo. How long can I keep this ammo before I should start worrying about it not working when I need it? My range does not allow outside ammo how else am I supposed to use it.
Sounds like you're shooting at Bullseye indoor range...try Gun Gallery or Gateway Rifle & Pistol Club.

Ammo that is properly stored will last for decades. I purchased a crate of surplus British .308 that was packaged in 1968 and when I opened it up, it looked brand new.
 
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