Ammo that got wet.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by MCarter788, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

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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?
     
  2. kaido

    kaido New Member

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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.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member

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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
     
  4. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

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    Idk about rust, maybe some kind of corrosion though. Here are a few pictures...



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  5. kfox75

    kfox75 New Member

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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.
     
  6. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

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    Great idea. I'll try that tonight, thnx.
     
  7. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    If they havent been submerged I would just shoot them like they are . Im sure they will be fine .
     
  8. duddie10

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    They look to be ok. Where they in a steel mag by any chance?
     
  9. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

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    Yes they were, I'm guessing that's where the rust/corrosion is coming from.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member

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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.
     
  11. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Exactly that.
     
  12. WillWork4Ammo

    WillWork4Ammo New Member

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    watch out.The flash can be pretty bright.:cool:

    POOF!
    I burned my eyebrows off doing that once.
     
  13. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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    Just shoot it. If a round fails to ignite, don't grab it right away, wet-and-dried primers can be lazy.
     
  14. duddie10

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    Yah just the rust rubbing off the mag into the rounds. Give them a good wiping and fire at will.