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Posted: 6/14/2009 2:50:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 2:50:50 AM EST by sherrick13]
I had some .308 ammo buried in a corner of my garage I didn't know about.

When I was moving I found this large pile of caked mud that used to be a cardboard box. It was 1000 round of .308 and now it was just a huge pile of caked dirt with cartridges bured in it.

I broke it apart and threw all the rounds in a box, but they will require a bit of cleaning just to get the crap off of them. Some of that stuff is like cement.


Shootable after cleaning? Best way to clean?



I'll try to add a pic of some of the rounds later.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 2:53:48 AM EST
tumble it
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 2:56:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 3:03:19 AM EST by toaster]
edit... Durrrrr... Tumble it...
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:07:19 AM EST
Whenever something weird happens to ammo that I didn't want, like excessive heat or moisture, I just make sure those are range rounds, and not loaded for self defense.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:08:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By ED_P:
Whenever something weird happens to ammo that I didn't want, like excessive heat or moisture, I just make sure those are range rounds, and not loaded for self defense.


This.

Try cleaning the really hard-caked stuff with lighter fluid. Tumble the rest.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:11:59 AM EST
Give a couple of rounds to a friend to try. If nothing bad happens, shoot the rest yourself.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:40:53 PM EST
Tumble live ammo? I thought that was a no no.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:43:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By sherrick13:
Tumble live ammo? I thought that was a no no.




It's fine.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:43:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By sherrick13:
Tumble live ammo? I thought that was a no no.


Its fine, you can tumble it.

The ammo should be fine.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:46:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mech2007:
Give a couple of rounds to a friend democrat to try. If nothing bad happens, shoot the rest yourself.


Fixed it.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:46:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By Windustsearch:
Originally Posted By sherrick13:
Tumble live ammo? I thought that was a no no.


Its fine, you can tumble it.

The ammo should be fine.
oh, that avatar is priceless! I miss those old bugs bunny cartoons! LMAO

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:47:09 PM EST
1K rounds of .308 buried in the corner of your garage that you just completely forgot about, eh?

I'll have to add that one to my "you might be a gun nut if..." list!

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:11:23 PM EST
I would not tumble loaded ammo. Powders size, shape and coatings are what control the burn rate. You could conceivably turn the powder from something similar to 4046 to bullseye. A wipe down with a wet cloth would not hurt it.

If you decide to tumble it, please post pictures of what used to be your firearm.
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