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Poink88 06-26-2010 04:18 AM

Stinky surplus ammo
I bought 3 cans (x160 rounds/can) of Royal Ordnance Green .308 ammo from Looks great but haven't used them yet. However, I noticed that they smell bad (almost fishy smell) when I opened the ammo can.

Anything I can do to clean it?


cpttango30 06-26-2010 04:48 AM

Shoot it then throw it all in a tumbler reload and repeat.

CA357 06-26-2010 04:52 AM

That's Radway Green, which is excellent ammunition. You should be very happy with its performance.

As far as the odor, leave the can open for a few days in the garage or well ventilate non-damp location. Take the ammo out and swab out the can. You can wipe the individual rounds down with a soft cloth slightly dampened with Rem Oil or G96 or even WD40.

Let the can air out, wipe the stuff off of the ammunition and you should be good to go.

freefall 06-26-2010 05:29 AM

I'd be worried about WD40 contaminating the primers.

cpttango30 06-26-2010 12:34 PM

Freefall first primers are crimped and sealed. Plus the small amount of wd40 that would get in wouldn't be enough to cause a misfire. I have seen primers soaked in oil for weeks still fire same goes for water. primers are rather tough....

freefall 06-26-2010 07:54 PM

I am aware primers are crimped and sealed. I am just very impressed by the penetrating power of WD40 and don't intend to have any around my ammo. More so for products like Kroil or Liquid Wrench.

Poink88 06-26-2010 08:02 PM

Any thoughts about wiping them with rag/cloth damp with simple green solution?

I use that on a lot of my tools and works but not sure about using it on ammo.


TXnorton 06-27-2010 08:52 AM

Actually, you just need to give up and ship all that stinky ammo to me, and I will dispose of it in a proper manner for you!

Well, if you don't fall for the ammo with a damp (not sopping wet) cloth will be perfectly fine.

M14sRock 06-27-2010 05:17 PM

I would wipe them down with acetone on a rag.

dunerunner 06-27-2010 05:42 PM


Originally Posted by cpttango30 (Post 306240)
Shoot it then throw it all in a tumbler reload and repeat.

For truth!

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