bad ammo? remmy slugs

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by purehavoc, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I took my son deer hunting over the weekend and he took a shot at a nice buck well he didnt hit it at 50 yards which is very surprising , I noticed that it didnt have the pop it normally does as I was about 40 yards from him thru the woods , he called me to tell me that the gun jammed and it wouldnt open to eject the spent round and he didnt wasnt to mess with it since it had 2 other shells in it , He is 13 so I understand this . However I did take the 2 out of the gun but the slide was still stuck with a spent round in the barrel , I had to field strip the thing and take the barrel off to get it out of the barrel , when I did get the casing out the brass was cracked all the way down the side and it looks like maybe it blew a small hold in the side , the round had corrosion on it where it cracked , We bought these slugs last season and they sat in a cabinet in my heated garage . maybe the box got wet while hunting last season or something but when I did get the gun home and inspect it and started to clean it I noticed a bunch of unburnt powder flakes down the barrel and I mean a bunch not just 2-5 pieces more like 40-50 ,
    Did we just have bad ammo ? Im not going to use the rest of it I bought 5 more boxs of new stuff . now if it is bad how should I dispose of it ?
    Thanks PH
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Are they high brass? Also are they the saboted buck hammers? Pics would be helpful to. As to if they are bad i have a suggestion if you reload.
     

  3. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    no, these are just store bought remington sluggers 2 3/4" slugs . I have been shooting these out of this gun for 27 years ;)
    Sorry I dont relaod yet
     
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    My buddy had some shells once and when we patterned one to see why he wasn't killing anything the #4s wouldn't penetrate the cardboard. It is possible. So is a case of "Buck Fever".
     
  5. Marlinman

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    Ok thats part of it then bc there was a recall on the sluggers supposably. My suggestion was to pull the slugs and use the powder for something else. Also some of the sluggers are high brass now
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    It is perfectly legal(and safe) to throw the ammo in the trash. Just use your new ones.
     
  7. ACRhino

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    That depends on your state. Soak the shells in motor oil for a month to soak in and ruin the powerder/primer then throw them away. Better safe than sorry.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Contact Remington. Check inside the flap of the box for a lot number. It could be defective ammo.
     
  9. willfully armed

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    Actually, I've heard it takes a minimum of 37 days and 3.5 hrs to render them inert with motor oil....



    OP - sounds like you experienced some moisture penetration. Inspect the remaining old ammo. Discard any corroded rounds, plink the rest.

    WD40 will penetrate and contaminate primers in just a few days.
     
  10. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    I cut defective shells just above the brass. dump the powder and ignite it. Trash the rest.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Scrap powder is high in Nitrogen. You can simply sprinkle it on the yard to green up the grass.
     
  12. rustycrusty

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    More exciting to throw them in your fireplace!:eek:
    I would do a little experimenting. Cut one open see if it has a full load of powder. There is a phenomina (did I spell that right?) where you get over pressure with underloads.

    I almost got a Browning A-5 for the price of a Marlin 1897 45-70. My friend was convinced the gun was defective cause he "missed" an 8 pointer with all 3 rounds from the A-5 at 30-40 yrds. The gunstore was going to give him $100 trade-in and he was crying about it so I told him I'd buy the Marlin and trade him. about the time I started filling out the paper work the jackalope came in the gun store yelling "What kind of ammo are you guys selling here"
    he had Win 12ga 3"mag 000 buck, same thing my friend was using. it had enough powder for a very light dove load. My friend said he would keep the A-5 and I wanted to hurt that loud mouthed so and so. Not the only problem I've had with Win. ammo, I'll stick with Federal.
     
  13. Sniper03

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    Havoc,

    Sound to me like at sometime the powder somehow had been wet. Just as a thought sounds like some of the powder ignited and some did not. I could only imagine the uneven pressures in the chamber that occurred with some lighting, some not and probably at a different ignition rate in milliseconds. That certainly would explain why you could have had a case rupture on the shell.
    I would get rid of all of the rounds in that batch as mentioned here on the other postings. Certainly a rare event when it comes to the Remington Shotgun Ammunition.
    Only my thoughts on the situation~

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  14. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I just have a couple boxs with the same lot number on them and only that one has been shot out of them , Possibly wet ? maybe who knows, but not by us I keep all my ammo in a climate controlled garage in a dark closet so who really knows but I have cut all the slugs out of them and dumped the powder out in the grass , some of them had some very small clumping so im going to say they have been damp at some point in time . I bought these last yr for slug season and we did go out a couple times in the second season snow , but My son keeps them in a back pack except what he has as a box of spares in his coat pocket . Bad or not Im not I wasnt taking a chance with them, their plenty cheap enough to just go buy 4-5 more boxes and not have that worry in my head :)