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 Is Russian Surplus Corrosive? 5.45x39
mojo7  [Member]
2/20/2011 1:50:12 PM
Anyone have experience with this Russian ammo? Great deal on it from AIM but I wanted to know if it is corrosive. Doesn't say in the ad.

"Surplus Russian 5.45x39 ammunition. Features a Steel core 53grn full copper plated steel jacketed bullet, lacquer coated steel case, and berdan primer. Packaged 30rds/box, 1,080rds to a sealed "spam" can, and 2 cans to a 2,160rd wooden crate. Sold by the 1,080rd can. Can openers included on orders of 2 cans or great only."

apr67  [Member]
2/20/2011 2:44:31 PM
It is corrosive.
mojo7  [Member]
2/20/2011 3:59:07 PM
that is kind what I thought with that price. thanks.
ILAK  [Member]
2/20/2011 4:26:27 PM
It is corrosive. It is worth it in this caliber if you shoot high volume. Cleanup is not that much more work than normal, you just shouldn't leave the rifle sit for days before cleaning.
The_Mad_Axeman  [Member]
2/20/2011 9:17:35 PM
Yes.

The ammo is cheap.

The water to clean up is cheap.

WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE!????
Saber7  [Team Member]
2/21/2011 4:21:48 AM
Just had 4 more tins shipped to the house along with 10 more bulgy mags. Gotta stock up while the price is right. I wish I would have bought more when AIM was running their free shipping deal.
sardo_67  [Member]
3/6/2011 9:50:44 AM
What do I need to do when done shooting to prevent the corrosion? I thought I herd there was a type of cleaner to use first to neutralize the acids from the corrosive part of the primer. Or do I just spray it off with the hose then clean and oil it up?
apr67  [Member]
3/6/2011 2:35:11 PM
Opinions vary from folks using high tech crap to folks using water.

I use one of the following methods, depending on the day, and then I finish cleaning it as normal.
A Pour hot water through the barrel (I use a small funnel made for adding transmission fluid, pour hot water over the bolt and carrier and down the gas tube and port.
B. Spray water with a small amount of soap and ammonia down the barrel, all over the bolt and carrier and down the gas tube and port.

I like to do A if I can, as the water also cleans out the FCG and other metal in the receiver. But sometimes B is all I get to do.

I also keep a supply of non-corrosive ammo on hand for when I know I can't clean the gun after shooting.
pitbullcrazyinky  [Team Member]
3/7/2011 3:35:59 PM
How do you open tin without opener.
MooseForce  [Member]
3/7/2011 11:00:41 PM
Originally Posted By pitbullcrazyinky:
How do you open tin without opener.


Flat head screwdriver and a hammer.

Worked for me.
sporter  [Member]
3/10/2011 8:11:04 PM
Originally Posted By mojo7:
but I wanted to know if it is corrosive.


Does a bear shit in the woods?
TooBigToFail  [Team Member]
3/15/2011 9:24:58 PM
Originally Posted By sardo_67:
What do I need to do when done shooting to prevent the corrosion? I thought I herd there was a type of cleaner to use first to neutralize the acids from the corrosive part of the primer. Or do I just spray it off with the hose then clean and oil it up?


Honestly I just take my rifle apart, bring it outside and hose it off. Then I use some CLP at some point.
jaytee450  [Team Member]
3/15/2011 9:35:13 PM
I had rust in the barrel of my bulgy after an hr. So yeah it is.
BigHunt  [Member]
3/18/2011 12:20:33 PM
Originally Posted By pitbullcrazyinky:
How do you open tin without opener.


Hand grinder around the rim. Just grind the top of the seam off and then you don't have any sharp edges to deal with and the can is semi-recloseable.
ratherbeoutdoors  [Member]
3/20/2011 3:01:37 PM
Best to try to get one of the can openers, but barring that, just get it started somehow, such as with screwdriver and hammer, then use tin snips once you can peel a bit of the lid up. Tin snips aren't the best method if you want to keep the can, though.
jwang  [Member]
3/24/2011 4:14:22 PM
cold chisel.
1Devildog  [Member]
3/25/2011 8:54:17 PM
I use a really sharp wood chisel and mallett, and it cuts through the can like a hot knife through cold butter. I don't open the whole thing though. I just cut a 6"x6" opening and dump out the boxes through the hole...

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