mil-surp vs store bought

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by texaswoodworker, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

    I have heard alot about mil surp ammo around the forum and was wondering what are some of the pros and cons of it compared to the higher quality store bought ammo? I know that mil surp ammo has corrosive powder but would that be a problem if I cleaned the gun after every use? What is the best place to get mil surp ammo?

    Just wondering.
  2. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Not all milsurp ammo is corrosive. Just depends on the age and country of origin along with caliber.

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Smokeless powder is not corrosive. BLACK powder residue is corrosive, but you would be very hard pressed to find a milsurp cartridge loaded with black powder.

    It's the primer that can be corrosive. Many WWII and earlier US mil cartridges are corrosive (except .30 carbine) and most Berdan primed Warsaw Pact primers are corrosive.

    To test your ammo, pull a bullet and dump the powder (in the lawn is fine, it is good for the grass, trust me), pound a couple of nails (8 or 10 penny) through a board (1 X 4), chamber the empty case and place the muzzle over one of the nails, FIRE.

    If the primer is corrosive, the nail in question will be rusty in a day or two when left out in the elements.

    Corrosive ammo is not an issue as long as you clean promptly with a solvent designed for corrosive ammo. HOT SOAPY WATER is the best and cheapest.
  4. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

    Thanks for the advice. I usually clean my guns after every use so I'll make sure to clean it extra well after using surplus ammo.

    Thanks again