Good, dead, or dangerous ammo
- May 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm #45389John LordParticipant
How long can ammo be stored, and still be viable. Can 30+ year old ammo be safely used, and not get stuck in the barrel with oxidized gunpowder?
(1) gunpowder properly stored in rounds, with an intact round, and no showing (or smelling) of the famous dynamite or nitroglycerin odors …opening up used military ammo cans and smelling that smell … is still viable.
(2) oxidized brass, stains/corrosions on the brass or metal round at the neck, or any previous signs (and smells) of stains, liquids, odors, make this a problematic round that is either dead, or vastly dangerous,
(3) any new and active corrosion (or liquids and odors) of ammo, cases, rounds anywhere on the ejector/firing cap seat, case side, or corrosion or leakage around the neck is dangerous ammo.
Properly stored ammo, even for many years, does not stink, corrode, or have any stains on the product.
For any such (2) or (3) ammo, these MUST BE properly disposed. Safely remove the round from the casing – reuse if you can with reloading gear, pour out the gunpowder and open burn. The brass casing must be treated with discharging the percussion cap that is the real sound of the ammo combusting, … no casing, round, or gunpowder makes this loud noise.
If you have the wilderness space, you could take these same ammo, and dispose of them into deep water, thusly soaking and de-activating their charge and percussion component. Otherwise, on a rifle/pistol range, pull out the round, shake out a little gunpowder, and light the powder. The powder will light and produce the loudest screaming-whistle with blue-white flame, and when the percussion cap is ignited – the rifle “bang” will happen. That casing then be safely reviewed, and reloaded and charged with a new percussion cap and round.
For all options, using silicone spray (or Hoppe’s gun oil – or such light gun oil) and wipe down your ammo from dirt, oil, gunk. Replace into its container and seal against dust and dirt intrusion. Thus provides any necessary thin oil coating of the brass, but also around the ejector seat and the percussion cap, and the brass neck and the round from corrosion or getting any humidity into the casing.
The same for any loaded magazines, should bge properly and timely be inspected, cleaned and oiled and replaced within magazines against dust, dirt, and corrosion et al.
There is no time like now, for making sure that you don’t fire dead or dangerous lead into your barrel, then fire another and blow up your gear and yourself in the process.
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