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Old 02-25-2012, 05:00 PM
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In my quest to find any 10mm ammo in my area, came across some CorBon 135gr 1400fps ammo from 1996. Only $25 for 20 rnds so took a chance. Also had Hornady 200gr, no date but probably as old, listed at just under 1100 fps, for only $15/bx.

Any reason to be concerned with running either through my S&W 1006? If not I'll go back and buy the rest!

I apologize if many of my posts are rookie questions but I have no experience with these semi-auto's! This website is such a great resource!
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:12 PM
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As long as the ammo was stored in dry, cool conditions, there is no reason to think it may have gone bad. $15 is a good deal, especially if it's for 50 rounds.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:18 PM
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I recently found a couple boxes of Federal .38 special +P that I had purchased in the late 70's. Took 'em to the range, each and every one went bang...
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:26 PM
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I shot some black powder ammo that was loaded in 1888. I worked about 80% of the time.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:05 PM
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1996 old???????????? 1896 yes, 1996 is virtually current production. Unless it has been outright abused during its' lifetime it should be as good as anything on any dealer's shelf.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:25 AM
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It was $15 for 20... But I'm in Massachusetts. Very limited mailorder due to laws and no real bargains to be had. I paid $44 for 50 rounds blazer brass.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:34 AM
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Considering I've shot WWII surplus out of my Mauser I'd say your ammo will work just fine.
Like Ironhand said, if it was stored correctly, it'll be good for another couple of decades.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:35 AM
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Wow to me any ammo manufacured in 1940 to 1950 is current production.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:47 AM
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I purchased an Ithaca/Colt 1911A1 from an elderly lady friend, which belonged to her late husband, a glider pilot in WW2. It came with extra mags, fully loaded with 45acp stamped 43 and a couple boxes of surplus from the 50's. I shot all of it without any problems. So much for old ammo and not keeping magazines fully loaded. The Ithaca eventually went to a collector.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:39 PM
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A few years ago an older friend of mine (I was 60 at the time) gave me a box of Remington UMC 44 Russian cartridges with balloon head cases. I told him that they had some value to a collector. He said that they were for shooting, not collecting and that he wanted me to use them. Well, I did just that but I've been holding a dozen in reserve. The gent passed away last year so I guess I need to fire the rest of them in his memory. Age is just a perspective opinion.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:16 AM
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1996 is new ammo unless it was stored poorly.

I still shoot surplus military stuff from the 50s and 60s.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:31 AM
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My dad gave me a WWII Mauser and some old ammo, took it to the range and fired off a number of rounds until, the slide wouldn't close completely. A round had gone off with reduced pressure, bullet was in the barrel, luckily close enough to the breech that the next round wouldn't chamber. Lucky me. Used a wooden dowel to drive out the bullet. Gun works fine to this day. I don't know how old or the history of the ammo. On the other hand, I too have shot ammo that is pre WWII, no problems. As they say, "Be careful out there"
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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I just disassembled a bunch of .30-06 cartridges that were made in 1942. I didn't want to deal with the corrosive primers, but I am using the powder, brass and bullets and am experiencing no difficulties. I also have some cartridges that were made in something like 1917 for the express purpose of shooting between the props of the aircraft of the day. The powder in some of these is still dry and I bet they'd still fire.

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