Car­tridge Co­nun­drum

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QMy fa­ther passed away re­cently and although he sold his guns a few years ago I have come across some car­tridges that had been left in his garage, some of which are in damp boxes. Can I keep these safely or do I need to store them some­where se­curely?

I haven’t shot for many years, have never owned a gun but am think­ing of get­ting back into the sport.

DF, Stafford­shire

AThere is no le­gal is­sue as to where car­tridges are stored but it is ad­vis­able for them to be placed out of site in a cup­board. You do not need to be a Shot­gun Cer­tifi­cate holder to keep the car­tridges legally if they are given to you – although you do if you wish to buy them. Damp car­tridges can some­times be re­stored by putting them in a dry en­vi­ron­ment – not near di­rect heat but in a well-ven­ti­lated, warm, dry at­mos­phere – but it de­pends on how long the car­tridges have been in this con­di­tion. It would be ad­vis­able to have them checked by your lo­cal gun­smith.

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