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Kodeman 11-09-2011 09:57 AM

Old 30-30 ammo
Hope someone can help me. I just found about a doz. 30-30 shells in the bottom of my gun safe. This shells are around 40yrs. old and have some sort of green residue on them. I would like to know if I could polish them to use or should I dispose them and, if so, what would be the proper way to do this. Thanx in advance to any advice offered.

DougB 11-09-2011 09:59 AM

Clean off the green and if the brass is in good shape, shoot 'em.

tCan 11-09-2011 10:42 AM

If you need to dispose of them, which you likely don't you can just pull the bullet out. From there you can play with the powder whatever you like. Gunpowder doesn't actually explode, it burns.

PatrickHarrison 11-09-2011 10:42 AM

I wouldnt shoot em i had a 30-06 round that had green on the neck and when shot it left a hairline crack from bullet to shoulder i could only imagamine what it do if the crack ran all the way down cartridge maybe let gas escape blowing out the back of the round and tearing bolt up or bloating cartridge in the bore where the brass couldnt get out? I dont know But i wouldnt it aint worth it specialy how cheap 30/30s are

hiwall 11-09-2011 12:27 PM

Clean them and shoot them or throw them in the garbage(legal and safe). If the primers are flat I would shoot them if the primers are domed I would not.

Drriley 11-09-2011 12:56 PM

Like that old chinese food container in the fridge - When in doubt / Throw it out.......

I drop any bad ammo in a oil soak for about 30- 45 days then throw them in the garbage. The oil will soak around the crimp and kill the powder an primer in time.

Safety 1st..........

BlueTurf 11-09-2011 12:59 PM

Doug is right. Check the brass out to make sure it isn't dinged up. Then clean it up and shoot it. You will be okay shooting it. I have shot old ammo like you described many times.

therewolf 11-09-2011 06:14 PM

Wipe it off and shoot it.

It's the kind of ammo the North Vietnamese won the war with...

hiwall 11-09-2011 06:19 PM

If the primers are domed it might be that they are corrosive. You could still shoot them but you have to clean well after you are done shooting.

Kodeman 11-09-2011 08:33 PM

Thanks for the input. I'm going to clean them up and give them a try. If any problems occur I'll give an update. So glad I joined this forum.

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