Stinky surplus ammo

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Poink88, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    I bought 3 cans (x160 rounds/can) of Royal Ordnance Green .308 ammo from ClassicArms.com. Looks great but haven't used them yet. However, I noticed that they smell bad (almost fishy smell) when I opened the ammo can.

    Anything I can do to clean it?

    Thanks!

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  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Shoot it then throw it all in a tumbler reload and repeat.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's Radway Green, which is excellent ammunition. You should be very happy with its performance.

    As far as the odor, leave the can open for a few days in the garage or well ventilate non-damp location. Take the ammo out and swab out the can. You can wipe the individual rounds down with a soft cloth slightly dampened with Rem Oil or G96 or even WD40.

    Let the can air out, wipe the stuff off of the ammunition and you should be good to go.
     
  4. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I'd be worried about WD40 contaminating the primers.
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Freefall first primers are crimped and sealed. Plus the small amount of wd40 that would get in wouldn't be enough to cause a misfire. I have seen primers soaked in oil for weeks still fire same goes for water. primers are rather tough....
     
  6. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I am aware primers are crimped and sealed. I am just very impressed by the penetrating power of WD40 and don't intend to have any around my ammo. More so for products like Kroil or Liquid Wrench.
     
  7. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Any thoughts about wiping them with rag/cloth damp with simple green solution?

    I use that on a lot of my tools and works but not sure about using it on ammo.

    Thanks!
     
  8. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Actually, you just need to give up and ship all that stinky ammo to me, and I will dispose of it in a proper manner for you!

    Well, if you don't fall for that....cleaning the ammo with a damp (not sopping wet) cloth will be perfectly fine.
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock Active Member

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    I would wipe them down with acetone on a rag.
     
  10. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    For truth!
     
  11. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    do you care about the way your tires smell?


    (it doesnt matter is the point)
     
  12. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Failed analogy. I don't smell my tires so yes in that case, it doesn't matter (as much). The ammo, I handle and can smell so, it does matter a lot.

    I can live with the smell and can use it as-is, just want to make the experience more pleasurable if possible.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Since it is Berdan primed, How does one reload it? I have some German 7.62x51 that has some tarnish on a few cases. Wipe it off w/ a flannel clothe, that is all. Sell the brass and buy Boxer primed brass.