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Posted: 9/9/2001 8:49:30 AM EST
I just got a bunch of ammo from a friend, and it's all pretty corroded. What is the best way to polish this stuff. I got 20 rounds of .223 about 20 rounds of .223 lanks, and a butt load of 9mm. Is it wise to clean it up by hand, or use a tumbler? Thanks.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 9:43:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2001 9:44:38 AM EST by ron97ws6]
Originally Posted By timh70: Is it wise to clean it up by hand, or use a tumbler? Thanks.
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[b]Never[/b] Tumble loaded ammunition in a tumbler! Many types of cartridge powder have a coating on the outside of the granule that controls the burning rate. Tumbling would cause the granules to strike each other repeatedly and wear off this vital coating. Also of importance is that some granules would be broken apart and change the burn rate. Polish cartridges by had with a non-water based solvent. If the ammunition does not clean up with wiping and [i]sparing[/i] use of solvent, discard the ammo in a safe manner.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 11:01:47 AM EST
Use Midway brass polish on a cloth. It cleans very fast and has a fresh citrus scent.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 11:52:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By ron97ws6:
Originally Posted By timh70: Is it wise to clean it up by hand, or use a tumbler? Thanks.
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[b]Never[/b] Tumble loaded ammunition in a tumbler! If you never believe anything else in your life believe this. He is NOT kidding! Unless you have something on the brass that you can feel/scratch with your thumbnail dont worry about it! You're just going to go shoot it anyway!
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 12:53:19 PM EST
I personally would not shoot the corroded ammo. I know that it is a lot of ammo/money etc, but what is the value of your gun in case something serious happens, and besides what is your life worth to you. If it were me, I would toss the ammo. Life is too short already. Our sport can be dangerous, and "descretion is the better part of valor." My nickel's worth.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 1:18:59 PM EST
Well, I don't have a tumbler(yet), But the ammo has cleaned up nicely. And Warlord,if I thought that the ammo was unsafe, I wouldn't have asked the question. It is all "98 headstamped,so it's all current.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 1:25:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2001 1:25:49 PM EST by markm]
current production does not necessarily mean that it is safe. if it has been subjected to moisture or temperature abuse, then can it. you could get some weak output charges, which can lead to dangerous results. good luck.
Link Posted: 9/9/2001 1:33:57 PM EST
Tumbling has in [b]fact[/b] caused many accidents. When you tumble the loaded ammo you break the powder down inside the case. It's like turning sand into powder, it changes the physical properties of the propellant which in turn causes SERIOUS over pressure.
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