Bullets do not truly “expire” the way batteries and other things with more defined functional lives do. However, gunpowder can lose its effectiveness with time, posing some concerns if you utilize older bullets. Let’s dive deeper into the topic.
Why A Bullet Has No Set Expiration Date
Generally, newly manufactured gunpowder products do not have an expiration date. This is because bullets when properly stored, have the potential for endless life. Additionally, the duration of ammo’s complete consistency and firing ability is dependent on how well it was made and other quality-related aspects. The method you store your bullets over time has an effect on their performance as it ages. For instance, if the box is transported and stored in various locations, it may sustain enough damage to degrade its quality.
What Are The Risks Of Using Older Bullets
Failure to fire is one problem linked to bullets sitting for an extended period. However, the greatest risk is a loss of momentum. As a result, the bullet may lack the necessary force to exit the chamber. If this occurs, the bullet that did not fire may obstruct the following one, resulting in damage to your firearm or personal injury. Reduce this danger by performing the following steps if your shot sounds weird or behaves strangely:
- Do not fire the gun again so soon
- Unload your firearm safely
- Test the barrel with a rod to see if the bullet is still inside
- If a bullet is stuck in the barrel, dislodge it
- Replace all the remaining bullets with new ones, or check the rest of the bullets
Even if the old bullet does make it out of the barrel, it may fizzle and miss its intended target. This can be a significant issue if you find yourself in a scenario where you need to use your firearm for personal safety.
Maintaining Bullets In A Safe and Good Condition
The basic recommendation for bullet storage is to keep it cool and dry. Moreover, this should be a location not exposed to direct sunlight. It is also preferable if the bullet is not subjected to extreme temperature variations while being stored.
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