Corroded ammo.

BillyDBillyD MemberPosts: 191 Member
I found some long forgotten ammunition in an old backpack today. It is pretty corroded there is more green and black than brass. I was just wondering if there was a good way to get it off or if I should just trash it?

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,969 Senior Member
    I'll usually try almost anything, except corroded ammo. Corrosion eats into brass. Case walls are thin. With a weak spot in the brass, the only thing between your face and several thousand psi is the gas diversion vent on your rig.

    I'd write this stuff of were I in your shoes. In fact, I threw away a couple hundred 6mm Rems I'd loaded with VMaxes that somehow I'd overlooked in the toolbox of my truck and they managed to get wet. Soaked, apparently. It hurt my feelings, but my incredibly handsome face is my pride and joy.

    Mike
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,588 Senior Member
    Sounds like it is too far gone to save.
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  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 941 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Sounds like it is too far gone to save.

    Would that be the corroded ammo or Mikes incredibly handsome face????

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,969 Senior Member
    wddodge wrote: »
    Would that be the corroded ammo or Mikes incredibly handsome face????

    Denny

    My wife wants to punch you in the nose. No, wait....she's talking to me.
    Nevermind.

    Mike
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  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 941 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    My wife wants to punch you in the nose. No, wait....she's talking to me.
    Nevermind.

    Mike

    I just noticed you're in Colorado Springs. The wife and I were in Manito Springs (sp) earlier this week. Rode the cog to get some of those awesome donuts and looked at big rocks in Garden of the Gods. That's some purdy country you got out there.

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,969 Senior Member
    Yessir, I'll agree with you. Though I've lived here for seven years now, being originally from Louisiana, this place still feels as fresh as it did the day I moved here.

    Wish I'd known you were in town. Would have been nice meeting you.

    I've not yet been on the cog railroad, but it's high on my to-do list. But....I want to do it in the dead of winter after the Peak is hit by a blinding snowstorm. That would be some scenery to see.

    Mike
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    KSU Firefighter
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 941 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    Yessir, I'll agree with you. Though I've lived here for seven years now, being originally from Louisiana, this place still feels as fresh as it did the day I moved here.

    Wish I'd known you were in town. Would have been nice meeting you.

    I've not yet been on the cog railroad, but it's high on my to-do list. But....I want to do it in the dead of winter after the Peak is hit by a blinding snowstorm. That would be some scenery to see.

    Mike

    If you get a ride on the cog, try to get a reservation on the last row of seats on the bottom car. Puts you in position to get some awesome pics!!!

    I'll keep it in mind if we head back that way. May even make it back next summer.

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • BillyDBillyD Member Posts: 191 Member
    To the trash they go thanks for the info.

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  • BillyDBillyD Member Posts: 191 Member
    New question how do I properly dispose of them? Is it okay just to throw them in the trash?

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,969 Senior Member
    BillyD wrote: »
    New question how do I properly dispose of them? Is it okay just to throw them in the trash?

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    I wouldn't throw them in the trash. I don't know where you live, except apparently it's out in the sticks, and I don't mean that in a derogatory way. (I wish I lived in the sticks). But, most towns fire department or police department will take them off your hands for proper disposal. If the area you live in is too rural for a convenient FD or PD, the local sheriff's department should accept them.

    You could soak them in oil, but to truly make sure they are dead would probably take a year or two of soaking. Unless you use Kroil, and enough of that to do the job would probably get pretty pricey considering you're going to throw the end result in the trash.

    Mike
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,527 Senior Member
    I would just throw them in the trash unless were talking a large quantity of ammunition.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,551 Senior Member
    On the rare occasions I have to trash ammo, I take pliers and pull the bullet and dump the powder out. That way there's nothing for the primer to ignite and nothing solid for it to push back against.
    Just because I enjoy watching it, I take powder outside and burn it
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    On the rare occasions I have to trash ammo, I take pliers and pull the bullet and dump the powder out. That way there's nothing for the primer to ignite and nothing solid for it to push back against.
    Just because I enjoy watching it, I take powder outside and burn it
    Lol. +1 here. Its hard to get away from the teenage pyro persona.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,969 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Just because I enjoy watching it, I take powder outside and burn it

    Once upon a time when I did live in the sticks, I wound up with a few pounds of black powder I had no use for. I dumped it on top of a big fire ant mound in the backyard. Apparently, I didn't live far enough back in the sticks, because it turned out we did indeed have a fire department. Though I felt quite confident that I had everything under control, the nice firemen didn't see it that way. I didn't live there much longer after that.

    Mike
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    You boys think that smokeless powder is bad..... you oughtta see what flash powder is capable of. I think I mentioned it before. But a form 33 tax stamp is an awesome thing to have lol.
  • BillyDBillyD Member Posts: 191 Member
    Okay thanks I will just pull the lead out and trash them. I am kind of a pyro too so I will have some fun with this.

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,678 Senior Member
    You might give this a try before you trash the ammo. I did it once with some 6mms that I left in my boat for about a month and they turned black in spots. Someone pointed out to me that they may be dangerously thin or weak. I took some 1200 grit polish I had and polished the black off of it. It turned out that this was only a surface stain. I polished them all out and shot them. If I had polished them and the stain didn't come out quickly I would have scrapped them.

    Also, if they are corroded well into the brass, just pull the bullets and save the components. No use scrapping perfectly good bullets and powder.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,588 Senior Member
    BillyD wrote: »
    New question how do I properly dispose of them? Is it okay just to throw them in the trash?

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    I'm lucky, I can take them to EOD and they will blow them up the next time they destroy ordinance.
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,527 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I'm lucky, I can take them to EOD and they will blow them up the next time they destroy ordinance.

    I'm willing to help blow up Ordnance if they need any help.
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