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240SX 10-24-2012 02:18 PM

FS Rounds shelf life
 
How long are first strike rounds good for in storage? Any special way to store them required?

desertT1 10-24-2012 02:23 PM

Out of direct sunlight is pretty much the only thing I've ever read about storage.

russc 10-24-2012 02:25 PM

I'm not 100% sure, but I can tell you that my FSRs from 2009 are no longer good. The oils from the fill worked their way out of the shell, leaving pasty pigment inside and throwing off the shell balance.

RAZRBAKK 10-24-2012 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by russc (Post 2514408)
I'm not 100% sure, but I can tell you that my FSRs from 2009 are no longer good. The oils from the fill worked their way out of the shell, leaving pasty pigment inside and throwing off the shell balance.

I feel like those would be hilarious to shoot.

desertT1 10-24-2012 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by russc (Post 2514408)
I'm not 100% sure, but I can tell you that my FSRs from 2009 are no longer good. The oils from the fill worked their way out of the shell, leaving pasty pigment inside and throwing off the shell balance.

That's interesting to know. I have about 40 left of the 100 that I bought when I had my Trracer. I should check them. I do flip them from time to time, but that's about it.

uv_halo 10-25-2012 07:12 PM

I've only had oil leak from rounds that have cracks. These cracks are usually very hard to see, and the best way I've found to locate them is to give the round a squeeze.

Fixxxer 10-26-2012 01:03 AM

I have some First Strikes from when they first came out. The quality is much better. Just as Russc described the oils had seeped out of the shells, the tubes got a dewy/condensation look to them. I use a vortexer before I use any paint that has settled which makes a big difference.

uv_halo 10-26-2012 09:48 PM

I must admit, I've never kept any very long (too busy shooting them :P I'd be surprised if the ill is leaking through the plastic. However, these noses and tails of these rounds are glued together so, it's possible the glued seam isn't air/water/oil tight.

The Flounder 11-07-2012 10:02 AM

Has anybody ever had them out of round? It almost looks like the fins were pushed together during the forming process. They are bad enough that it is noticeable to the naked eye. It is more obvious if they are nested together.

uv_halo 11-07-2012 11:10 PM

To my unaided eye, the skirts have always looked at least slightly out of round. They're hard to measure.


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