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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Storing ammo

I just bought a 2000 box of Toxin paintballs (along with a new marker for the kid for Christmas ). I've heard different things about how long the balls last. Last year the paintball field we went to told us they wouldn't last 6 months. Other sources says that, if stored correctly, they can last over a year, even 18 months.

I will be sharing this box with my son, and friend, so there's really no telling how long it will last. My friend and I seem to be pretty conservative, I didn't even finish a 200 hopper in the 2 hours we played. And that included my son borrowing my marker. Based on our schedules, play frequency will probably be sporadic.

So, if I store the balls inside the house, how long can I expect them to last? Does the expiration change once a 500 bag has been opened?

How would I know if they are bad, and I should not use them?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rotate the case once a week or so and keep in a cool, dry place. How long they last depends on how old they are since they were made, the rotation of the earth, and some other sporadic things.

once you open the bag, they won't last nearly as long. If they are bad, they'll have dimples and not be round; they may even get soft. There's nothing harmful in using them, but you won't have a good experience.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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On the basement, rotate it every week to prevent dimples , should last a year if it is decent paint.


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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well other than these guys i prefer to take my bags out of the box so the can flatten out better and they are easier to shake up.
I shot a box of imperial paint playing rec the other day in my phantom. I was given the box and they werent touched in years and they actually shot well.
For all yal that didnt know this ball was last made in 04 or so due to change in consistancy
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Old December 14th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Also watch the fluctuation in temperature. The place that I normally go to stores their paint in a trailer, and during the winter it goes to poop. Last time I shot it (2 weeks ago) the seams were breaking apart...
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Old December 16th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Before I bought the paint, I had them open the box. From my beginner perspective the balls looked pretty good. No dimples or anything else I could see, and no breaks. I live in Florida, and the ambient temperature inside the house is kept pretty constant around 72 year-round.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The only problem in florida is that it has a high humidity. The humidity will deform them in half the normal time of that of a regular paintball in lower humidity weather.
I use to play quite a bit in florida when my parents to the annual disney vacation so every year i played in florida. Every year you could definiatly tell which paintballs had sat outside the longest.
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