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Old Ammunition

Old Ammunition
« on: September 20, 2015, 05:03:47 PM »
I have four boxes of Weatherby.270 WBY Nosler Partition 130 grain ammo. They have been in my gun safe for 20-25 years. I have killed about 10 elk with this load, but have been shooting a .338 win mag lately. I want to go back to the Weatherby this year but have reservations about the old ammo. I notice that neither Weatherby or Nosler load the 130 grain Nosler Partition anymore, just the 150 grain.

So what do you think, is my ammo too old? Is there something wrong with the 130 grain Nosler Partition?
Mark V .270 WBY Mag
Pre-64 Winchester .338 Win Mag
Pre-64 Winchester .375 H&H

Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2015, 08:44:30 PM »
I would use them, as long as there is no corrosion on them. Test a few of them on the range before hunting season, and if you have no problems at the range, you should be good to go.

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Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2015, 11:00:20 PM »
Like Catskinner said no reason not to use them.

Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2015, 06:23:07 AM »
I agree with the other guys. Should be fine.
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Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2015, 06:59:22 AM »
I wouldn't give it a second thought about using that ammunition.  What would give me second thoughts is if it was submerged in water or is corroded.  As for the 130 grain Partitions there's nothing wrong with them. 
Nothing is better than a Weatherby, big bore magnum, or a Colt.

Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 10:24:37 AM »
Thanks for the quick replies and good advice. I went to the range this morning and cloverleafed at 100 yards and <3" at 200. The scope was zeroed previously using a 150 grain hand load, so I had to fool with that a bit, but overall I'm confident with the old ammo and will use it this season. BTW, the price tags on the boxes say $34.99, versus $84.99 today. Now I know why I bought them originally.
Mark V .270 WBY Mag
Pre-64 Winchester .338 Win Mag
Pre-64 Winchester .375 H&H

Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2016, 04:57:28 AM »
I load 130 gr Partitions in my 270 WIN. Nothing wrong with that round at all!

I shot this sow not too long ago. Somewhere around a 30-50 yard shot. Bullet went through and through, she dropped right there. Pictured is the exit side, shoulder removed. The permanent would channel was remarkable. I have every faith in confidence in Nosler Partitions.
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Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2016, 09:39:20 AM »
Agree with other comments - if the rounds still look (new), then just shoot them.

Back in the 1980's when Swift first marketed the A-Frame bullet, Remington offered a Safari Grade factory load, loaded with the A-Frame. I bought a box for my 30.06 to use for Moose. At close to 30 bucks a box back then I didn't use these for anything other then actually hunting moose so some years one shot was fired, other years they went back in the box.

I still have 4 of those original cartridges, the last one was fired about five or six years back (at close to 30 years since I bought them) - and while I no longer hunt moose with the .06, if I still did, those remaining four shells would be coming north with me this moose season.

And I would have no reservations about them either going "boom" or doing the job once they hit the target..
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Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2016, 10:59:57 AM »
Using the Federal website email contact link this morning,(Anoka.Prodserv@VistaOutdoor.com) I asked the following: "I inherited several boxes of Fed 30-30 170 gr ammo and the boxes are well worn. From lot numbers, can you tell me the mfg date? It looks safe, not corroded, just tarnished, but would like to be sure. Lot#4B-1322 and Lot#6B-1082. Thanks a Federal Fan, Dan
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Both were manufactured in 1981 making it 30+ years old.
Guess I'll use the ammo.
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Re: Old Ammunition
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2016, 06:45:04 PM »
Oh yeah, I'd use it in a heart beat!    ;D