Do bullets deteriorate with age?

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  1. Lindsey

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    Do cup and core bullets degrade with time? I have some Remington Core Lokt bullets, 200g 35 Rem, loaded in factory Remington Hi-Speed cartridges. They were stored indoors and look okay. I don't know how old they are but one of the boxes has a $4.50 price tag on it. If I had to guess, I'd guess that they were purchased in the late 60's or early 70's. I'm pretty confident that the cartridges will fire and produce like-new velocities. My question is whether the old bullets will still perform well for hunting deer? I searched the forum and didn't find a good answer in previous posts. Any of the reloaders here have knowledge about how 50-ish year old cup and core bullets might work on game?
    Thanks
     
  2. AlR

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    never heard of bullets going bad, I'd have no reservations on shooting those core-lokts on game.

    that being said, there might be some collector value on a vintage full boxed ammo and if you don't need to shoot it, I'd tuck it away just for a conversation piece 20yrs from now.
     
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  3. Tilden Hunter

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    The bullets will be just fine.
     
  4. Lindsey

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    Thanks for your answers
     
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    Found a one room log cabin and a rock pile from a sauna in the UP 18 miles from the nearest town in 1994, had to drive across 2 rivers. Logs were rotted to where the door opening was 3' tall metal roof is what saved it...under the floor boards found a metal box with a full box of blue and yellow with bullseye Winchester 30-30 and 32 Short rimfire boxes looked very good, ammo other than heavy gray powder on the lead bullets and brass looking dull....
    Fired 2 rounds of each over a chronograph 32 Rimfire Short 930 fps....30-30 170gr 2180 fps....
    Checking the code on the 32 RF made in 1936.....30-30 1938....
    Met a old gentleman a couple miles from the cabin still hunting a couple years after my find. Asked about the cabin he said back when he started hunting the area in 1941 they would get a ride in a large sled pulled by 2 horses that carried logs. 2 gentleman would stay in the cabin with the owner they hunted in all grey wool with fine red plaid lines.

    Keep ammo in a cool dry place it could last 100 years....
     
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  6. 22 Chuck

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    I have most of a box of Win Silver tips priced at $4.50 bought to go on an AK moose hunt in 1967. Got the moose and would not hesitate using the balance on a moose, etc.

    Have some Nosler bullets-Zipedo-243s, I believe, and I wish there were some available. They were available in the late 60s, just bullets.
    Anyone w/ some partial/full boxes on the loading bench, willing to part w/, please advise.
     
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