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Old December 9, 2012, 04:04 AM   #1
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Bear Corrosive Ammo?

I know I'm gonna get some flak for not having looked to hard at past threads but I just need a straight up answer.

Is any kind of Russian Bear ammo corrosive?

I ask because a while ago I took out my 91/30 and had a blast (pun intended) on the range with it. I took it home and cleaned it like I would as if I had not used corrosive ammo. At the time I was about 99% sure that the Bear ammo I fed to it was not corrosive (the stuff in the teal colored boxes) but the more I think about it the more worried I become. This worry was partically fueled by seing some corrosive ammo at a recent show that looked EXACTLY like the Bear ammo I used. I am currently about 250 miles away from my Mosin and have no way to clean it so...

Should I be worried?

On a side note I put this thread here in General Discussion because I was not sure where to put an ammo related question, which struck me as almost absurd but it happened.
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Old December 9, 2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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As far as I know, the Russian Brown Bear is NOT corrosive.
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Old December 9, 2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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I think if I had any doubts I would treat it like corrosive or test it. You can Google for details but essentially you pull the bullet, dump the powder and fire the blank you made at a mild steel plate and wait. Peace of mind in this case is simple, treat all former Com-Bloc ammo as corrosive and clean accordingly.

A while back I saw a lot of ammo for sale in Shotgun News listed as "slightly" corrosive, in my book slightly corrosive is the same as slightly pregnant. We all know the outcome.
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Old December 9, 2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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None of the bear ammo I have ever shot has been corrosive.
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Old December 9, 2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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Good deal, I'll be able to sleep tonight know that my Mosin is (probably) not rusting away from the inside out.
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Old December 9, 2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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Get your sleep, but when you get back home, check it and clean it. The East German ammo that was common about 20 years back was stated as non-corrosive, but that was not true.

All you need is some Windex and boiling water.
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