oh yea did i add i loaded these 38 specials when i was 11 years old top that! ofcorse my dad closely watched but he allways made a note on the labels if i loaded them lolmark_b said:I can beat that, I found some reloads and supplies at my dad's house I had made back in 1982 - the date was still on the label when I reloaded them. They were stuck in the back of a cabinet out of sight.
They were 45 acp loaded with unique powder and 230 grain full metal jacket bullets. They went bang just fine last year, no hang fires and no accuracy issues, other than my own shooting skills. There were a few hundred CCI primers that were still in the original packaging. I loaded them into some 45s and shot them without any issue too.
I also found the other half of the box of Hornady bullets they came from. I bought them from Doug Kiesler when he ran his business as a small gun shop in Greenville Indiana. He is now one of the biggest policy and military supply houses in the country, here is his website in case you have not heard of him:
So, I would say that the shelf life of handloads is no different than factory loads. Store like recommended by Clicker and you will be good to go.
Is the dope around the bullet in between the bullet and the case? If it's on the outside, wouldn't that eventually cause feeding and extraction issues?swiss said:Use model airplane "dope" around the case mouth and primer, and they will fire just fine after submersion in water for a week. I did this by mistake, meaning to shoot them the next day, but I forgot! The bullet was a cast lead swc, with 50-50 Aloxy beeswax lube. .45 ACP.