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I've had a box of 12 gauge buckshot for a few years now. I neglected to keep it in a dry storage box and I'm not sure if it's a

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  • I've had a box of 12 gauge buckshot for a few years now. I neglected to keep it in a dry storage box and I'm not sure if it's a

    I've had a box of 12 gauge buckshot for a few years now. I neglected to keep it in a dry storage box and I'm not sure if it's any good now. I spent a bundle on it and I'm not willing to give it up yet. How long does buckshot normally last?

  • #2
    As long as the brass is not all corrioded I would not worry a bit. If the brass is corroded then you might have issues with them gumming up your gun or sticking. Better safe then sorry.

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    • #3
      You should be fine. As long as there isn't any corrosion on the primer or anything like that. I've shot ammo left in a barn for several years and had little problem. It was rimfire so there was a little malfunction excepted.

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      • #4
        You should be okay I've shot some 00 buck that was over 10 yrs old and didn't have any problems.

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        • #5
          Ive put some rounds through my twenty gage from 20
          years ago and there seemed to be no problem at all

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          • #6
            Just look for any really bad corrosion on the brass end. If it's really bad I would be careful, but if there is none or it's just a little you might be able to clean it up with some steel wool. The shells should shoot fine even with a bit of corrosion, but you don't want it to gunk up your gun. I have shot waterfowl loads that had some corrosion on the brass and they were perfectly fine.

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            • #7
              Like hick-from-hell said, as long as the brass isn't corroded, I might give it a try. I have some old rifled shotgun slugs that are made of cardboard shells, and they still fired out of my 12 ga. mossberg 500 when fired. I still use some of my friends old, unused goose load, and I got my limit many times.

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              • #8
                if it was kept dry no problem if it is green around the brass only a small problem, if it is wet and the brass is totally green you'll probably only get one shot and have to pry it out so don't shoot anything more dangerous than paper with it.

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                • #9
                  Most premium shotgun shells, especially anything tagged mil-spec, will be moisture resistant to the point of being almost waterproof. CPT BRAD offers a good way to test it out.

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                  • #10
                    Them wuz good answers!

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                    • #11
                      Should be good.

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                      • #12
                        well.is the brass all green and corroded??if not id say bite the bullet.and fire one..at a pattern board..should still be good..you didnt say.where you reside..or what conditions.it was stored in..

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                        • #13
                          As Long as theres no currosion you should be fine.

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                          • #14
                            As long as you kept it dry, it should be fine.

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                            • #15
                              It should be fine!

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