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Old 11-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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I have a few boxes of American Eagle .223 FMJ that has been exposed to a little moisture. It is just a little bit of surface rust on the casing portion, but I didn't want to shoot them until I knew for sure that they were okay. Can you clean your live ammo? Should I just dispose of them?



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Old 11-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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You could take some fine steel wool to it to clean up the rust. Of it's only real light surface rust, I can't see it being a safety issue. But then again, I'm not responsible for anything I don't personally do myself.



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Federal American Eagle is brass cased. Brass does not rust. You may have some discoloration or possibly corrosion. Discoloration is not a problem. Corrosion can be, depending on the extent

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Federal American Eagle is brass cased. Brass does not rust. You may have some discoloration or possibly corrosion. Discoloration is not a problem. Corrosion can be, depending on the extent
Idk about rust, maybe some kind of corrosion though. Here are a few pictures...



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I have a few boxes of American Eagle .223 FMJ that has been exposed to a little moisture. It is just a little bit of surface rust on the casing portion, but I didn't want to shoot them until I knew for sure that they were okay. Can you clean your live ammo? Should I just dispose of them?
Pull 1 or 2 of them apart, and dump the powder into an ash tray or can. Drop a match into the ashtray, and see if it lights. Just looking at the cases, the seem safe, but I would pull a couple from each box apart and check them out instead of just letting 'er rip.If the powder doesn't light or the powder comes out in clumps dispose of the rounds safely.

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Pull 1 or 2 of them apart, and dump the powder into an ash tray or can. Drop a match into the ashtray, and see if it lights. Just looking at the cases, the seem safe, but I would pull a couple from each box apart and check them out instead of just letting 'er rip.If the powder doesn't light or the powder comes out in clumps dispose of the rounds safely. Hope this helps.
Great idea. I'll try that tonight, thnx.
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If they havent been submerged I would just shoot them like they are . Im sure they will be fine .

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They look to be ok. Where they in a steel mag by any chance?

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They look to be ok. Where they in a steel mag by any chance?
Yes they were, I'm guessing that's where the rust/corrosion is coming from.
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The freckling shown in the pictures is not a problem. Ammo is very water resistant. As long as they did not get submerged, they should be just fine. Just do not rapid fire with them in case you get a squib load.



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