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Old 03-30-2015, 03:21 AM   #1
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Default Tarneshed / Corroded Cases, Trash Em?

These are the worst 2 of 8 30.06 rounds that were in a buttstock ammo carrier for many years.
Probably after a wet hunt and neglected.

One has been lightly steel wooled, the other not. It looks like rust but its not magnetic.
They are not as deep as the pic makes it look. Its hard to feel it with a thumbnail.

I have not shot the rifle in years.

What are your words on these?

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Old 03-30-2015, 03:30 AM   #2
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I'd shoot them for target practice after some more cleaning but I'd have to see them after going through the tumbler before I'd consider reloading.


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I would take them apart and scrap them or soak them in penetrating oil to kill the primers. The little copper colored spots may be weak points. Why risk a blown case for nothing.
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You are responsible for you own safety and legal departments. I am sure they would fire if used. I have used a knife to scrape off major corrosion just to get rounds to chamber in a rifle. They fired fine with no issues.
Some of those spots may not come out with steel wool as it looks like chemical discoloration. If they have eaten craters into the case, then there would be a safety concern especially with weakened spots on the same circumference of the case. With only 8 rounds damaged this way, you're not out much getting rid of them by proper disposal methods.
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Just from the pics, the dark colored part seems to be tarnish and can likely be cleaned a bit with alcohol.

However, that reddish spot/part in the lower casing seems to be beyond tarnish and appears to be corrosion. Corrosion affects the integrity of the brass, and, speaking for myself, I would not shoot it for safety reasons.

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Thanks Guys, I'll disable them I guess.
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0000 steel wool with some solvent. They may clean up, but then again, the safety issue


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