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    I have a bunch of boxes of shells but they have been around for a while, should I be worried? Do shotgun shells/ammo expire? Sorry if this is sort of a dumb question. I searched an couldn't come up with much.

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    I have shot shells that were 20+ yrs. old. If the shell doesnt look damaged I dont think it would a problem to shoot it. IMHO
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    I shot a box of them today and they shot great.

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    Modern Shells do not usually "go bad , unless moisture or extreme hear has hit them. Given the current political climate in California, you may wanna shot your lead now.
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    Shoot them. As long as they've stored in ok condition they should be good to go

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    Send them to me for 'proper disposal' :)

    Actually, I've heard that smokeless can go bad, and it gets an acrid odor.

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    If they are modern (ie plastic hulled) they will last a long time if they're kept in good shape. Obviously, those stored improperly that are rusted, discolored, etc shouldn't be shot but those that look OK probably will be.

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    The last grouse I shot this year was with a shell I bought before I got married (35 years ago).
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    This isn't a shotgun shell, but we recently shot some .45 ACP stuff that was factory headstamped for WW1!!!! Shot just fine, 'though we had to clean the mercury residue out of the barrel (corrosive primers).
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