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How Long Does 22LR Ammo Last?
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Anyone know how long 22lr ammo lasts? I have some 22lr ammo I bought about 5 years ago. They re still in the original boxes in an ammo can with a desicant that should have been replaced long ago. At this point is it worth vacuum sealing it? I dont have a vacuum sealer but it may be a good investment at this point. Any answers, ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
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#2
A couple of weeks ago I used up some 20 year old Winchester Wildcat.
It was stored in a 50cal ammo can, no desiccant, can was probably opened once or so a year for the past 20 years as I kept 22WRF in the same can.
The can was kept upstairs in a closet.

Kept in a can, in a decent environment, it should last a while.
Add desiccant and you are looking at many many years.
Desiccant does not need changed out unless it gets moisture filled.
To be safe if you are opening and closing a can all the time you should recharge the packs occasionally to be safe.

I have desiccant in cans that have not been opened in 10 years.
These cans have loose ammo with a pack tossed in the bottom and the top.
I recently picked up a PTR91 and dug out a can of loose 7.62 Radway Green that I know hasn't been opened in 10+ years.
This can is kept in my basement stairway.
All the ammo was shiny and sure fire, 200rnds worth I fired.

I have vac sealed ammo.
This is stuff I store in the basement or garage.
You can put in a pack of desiccant (or just dump in some silica kitty litter) or oxygen absorbent packs.
The small O2 packs can be found online pretty cheap, but I try to buy small quantities as once you open the original package they start working right away so you will need to get them in and sealed as quickly as possible.
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#3
In a bolt action rifle, quite a while.

In a 10/22 with a 22-round magazine in the hands of a ten-year-old, about 30 seconds. Big Grin
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39Flathead;170586 Wrote:A couple of weeks ago I used up some 20 year old Winchester Wildcat.
It was stored in a 50cal ammo can, no desiccant, can was probably opened once or so a year for the past 20 years as I kept 22WRF in the same can.
The can was kept upstairs in a closet.

Kept in a can, in a decent environment, it should last a while.
Add desiccant and you are looking at many many years.
Desiccant does not need changed out unless it gets moisture filled.
To be safe if you are opening and closing a can all the time you should recharge the packs occasionally to be safe.

I have desiccant in cans that have not been opened in 10 years.
These cans have loose ammo with a pack tossed in the bottom and the top.
I recently picked up a PTR91 and dug out a can of loose 7.62 Radway Green that I know hasn't been opened in 10+ years.
This can is kept in my basement stairway.
All the ammo was shiny and sure fire, 200rnds worth I fired.

I have vac sealed ammo.
This is stuff I store in the basement or garage.
You can put in a pack of desiccant (or just dump in some silica kitty litter) or oxygen absorbent packs.
The small O2 packs can be found online pretty cheap, but I try to buy small quantities as once you open the original package they start working right away so you will need to get them in and sealed as quickly as possible.

Thank you.
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#5
As long as the storage area was fairly dry and climate controlled, it should still be good for a long time yet.


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das;170582 Wrote:Anyone know how long 22lr ammo lasts? I have some 22lr ammo I bought about 5 years ago. They re still in the original boxes in an ammo can with a desicant that should have been replaced long ago. At this point is it worth vacuum sealing it? I dont have a vacuum sealer but it may be a good investment at this point. Any answers, ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

5 years? You are fine.

Cool and dry. I have .22 stockpiled from the mid 1990's. Ammo can storage in relatively climate controlled area. Never an issue.

I found a few hundred rounds from the late 60's/early 70's in my dads basement. Lead projectiles were pretty white with corrosion. Wiped them off and they all went bang.
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I had a brick in the trunk of a car that was totaled in 1984, The ammo was bought in the early 1970s when I was in high school. It lived in my basement for a few years, then in the trunk of my 1972 Pontiac LeMans, then in the trunk of my 1971 Pontiac T-37, then in the trunk of my 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix, then after the wreck in 1984 what was left of it it was finally kept in a house from 1984 until last summer. It was originally bought before 1972, lived in trunks of various cars for more than 12 years, then wherever I found a shelf or corner for it for another 31 years and when I took it out for some fresh air it still fired every time I wanted it to. I think I still have a few boxes from that brick in my basement and I'm confident that it's still good. It never had any special treatment or favorable storage conditions. I'll go on record as saying that I've had ammo that wasn't stored "properly" for more than 40 years and didn't have any problems with it whatsoever.
What was this super ammo?
It was Remington Thunderbolt.
Make no mistake, the brick had been opened and individual boxes were scattered around the trunk, some of the boxes opened and scattered individual rounds throughout the trunk, then the wreck pretty thoroughly scattered the rest of it. When I cleaned out the car at the salvage yard I was able to fill a few boxes with what was scattered around and at that time I had my doubts about wanting to try to fire it but I didn't want to throw it away. During the recent "crisis" I figured it would be a good time to see ow much of it might fire after all these years of abuse, and surprisingly it was just fine.
I wouldn't hesitate to store ammo for 20 or 30 years with no special consideration for conditions other than keep it high enough that it shouldn't be submerged if my basement would be host to a foot or two of water. I wouldn't spend any money on special containers or packaging materials unless I had intentions of burying it under a few feet of dirt, but if you keep it out of the water it should be fine for a good long time.
I have to take a look to see where the leftovers might be.
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#8
My father bought some Winchester Super X, back in the 70's. When he passed away, in the 80's, I inherited it, along with his Ruger Single-Six. It sat opened, in a gym bag, until I fired it up around 2005.

"Big Mo", the USS Missouri, fired powder for its guns, during Operation Desert Storm, in 1990, that was stockpiled during WWII.


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I've had several hundred rounds of 22 ammo that were submerged in floodwater for at least a day that were removed from the boxes and laid out in the sun to dry.

Once dry, they were all tossed into a paper lunch bag and set on a shelf in the same damp basement they came from where they sat for a few years before I took them out to shoot.

I recall about 5 that would not fire. About the same failure rate (maybe even better) as new, factory-fresh ammo.
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