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Old 06-26-2010, 04:18 AM   #1
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I bought 3 cans (x160 rounds/can) of Royal Ordnance Green .308 ammo from ClassicArms.com. 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?

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Old 06-26-2010, 04:48 AM   #2
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Shoot it then throw it all in a tumbler reload and repeat.

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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.

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I'd be worried about WD40 contaminating the primers.

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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 that....cleaning the ammo with a damp (not sopping wet) cloth will be perfectly fine.

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I would wipe them down with acetone on a rag.

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