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Old August 24, 2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Would you shoot this ammo? 22LR

Title says it all. A friend gave me this ammo some time ago when he left for basic. I pulled it out of my stash this morning, and apparently it was moist when put away.

Would you shoot this? I have thought of running it through my tumbler with corn cob media to clean it up before shooting.



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Old August 24, 2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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If it was anything other than 22LR I might try and find a way to salvage it. 22LR is too inexpensive to spend time fixing, IMO.
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Old August 24, 2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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I would tumble it and ear mark it for my Taurus M94 revolver for plinking only.
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Old August 24, 2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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I would tumble it and then shoot it.
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Old August 24, 2013, 02:47 PM   #5
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Would you shoot this ammo? 22LR

Agree, tumble then shoot but only in plinking firearms.
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Old August 24, 2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Likely pass on these !!!

I guess you have to ask yourself; What "could" go wrong if I shoot it? Depending on it's use, I think that most problem presented, would be minor but there are others that would present serious problems. When I was a day-old Boot, I'd probably shoot it. Today I'm sitting pretty good on ammo so would pass on it. Before attempting to clean, I'd weed out the really nasty looking ones, separate them from the rest of your "plinkers" not use in an semi-auto and watch every shot. ...

Wow !!!
Now I have to ask myself; Is it worth it ???

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Old August 24, 2013, 03:33 PM   #7
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I think it would be fine to try, but I doubt any of it will fire.
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Old August 24, 2013, 04:21 PM   #8
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Moisture leaches chemicals out of smokeless powder, and causes it to crystallize on the surface of the powder granules. That, of course, can result in significantly altered burn rates, ranging from super-fast to slower-than-molasses. Neither ruptured cases, nor bullets lodged in the bore are something I want to deal with.

That factor, combined with all of the oxidation you have showing, would have me disposing of the ammo.

I wouldn't tumble it. I wouldn't shoot it.
I'd dispose of it. (Which, for me, means pulling the bullets for the lead, burning the powder [a controlled burn is the only legal method for disposal], and tossing the hulls into my scrap bucket.)
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Old August 24, 2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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I'd be inclined to wipe each round with a coarse cloth, then try it in a less-than-premium gun with a closed, locking, action. My Ruger 77/22, with its easily removed and replaced barrel, for example. I would not mix such corroded cases with a revolver's normal gas leaks. I would be careful to listen for a proper report with each shot and sure to observe an ample delay against the possibility of hangfire should there be no report. I would be prepared to deal with a bullet that leaves the chamber but fails to leave the barrel. (All this is back-of-the-mind-don't-forget SOP for all shooting, brought forward and fully active for old, suspect, ammo.) Given the low cost of .22LR, it wouldn't take many failures to set me to hunting an ammo amnesty day at a nearby military base.
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Old August 24, 2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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I would use some Butch's Bore Shine on them. It works good to get the corrosion off. The way it worked for me was to take a bowl, put the bore shine in. The put the rounds in a rag and dip it in the bore shine and roll it around with your hands(with gloves). It will clean them like nothing else.
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Old August 24, 2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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If you are hurting for .22 ammo and it's either use this stuff or not having anything to shoot,
You might pull some of the bullets and check the condition of the powder.
Like if it's dry, smells ok and if a very small amount burns like it should.
Then fire the empty cases to check if the priming is still good.
Just a cautionary thought.
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Old August 24, 2013, 06:14 PM   #12
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At the next gun buy back in your area, see if the buy backers would be willing to pay you something for the stuff.
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Old August 24, 2013, 06:59 PM   #13
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Thanks all for the replies. Not sure what I will do yet with it. Hopefully I can find more .22 before i get to the point where I want to use the corroded stuff.
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Old August 24, 2013, 08:42 PM   #14
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Yeah, pull a few bullets and if not totally offput then clean it in a tumbler, as you have one, with some media you must dispose of (peanut shells), then shoot em whilst paying attention!

Don't clean them ewith any petroleum-based products for a coupla reasons!!!
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Old August 25, 2013, 02:41 PM   #15
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Well I go with the old saying when I doubt throw it out.It's not worth a fire arm.
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Old August 25, 2013, 03:17 PM   #16
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I would toss it.
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Old August 25, 2013, 04:21 PM   #17
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Tumble and shoot. It'll all go bang.
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Old August 25, 2013, 11:36 PM   #18
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Tumble? 22lr bullets are usually covered in a wax lube, tumbling wouldn't be a good idea.

Edit: looking closer, these seem to be the type with a copper wash instead of a wax. Tumbling would still probably take it off unless they're actually plated.
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Old August 26, 2013, 03:12 AM   #19
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Would you shoot this ammo? 22LR

I would take it to my gun club and put it in the bad ammo can. I would have to be real desperate to be willing to run it through my guns. I make an effort to care for my guns so they are still good for my grandkids. $10 of sketchy ammo is not worth risking anything I own.
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Old August 26, 2013, 06:08 AM   #20
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Quote:
I would tumble it and ear mark it for my Taurus M94 revolver for plinking only.
That is simply too funny...

I was thinking that is exactly what I would do with it if it were my ammo...

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Old August 26, 2013, 08:02 AM   #21
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If I had a vibrating tumbler, I'd tumble them a bit. But, since I don't, I'd use Never-Dull wadding polish and clean them up a bit. I wouldn't spend too much time it though. Then, I'd use some spray Hoppes on them before loading them into a magazine to shoot through my Ruger Mark II, or maybe even my High Standard Sport King. I've shot ugly .22's before - no big deal. About the worst that can happen is a round being a dud.

Also, I only use .22 handguns for plinking anyway - it's not like I'd be hunting with .22LR or using it for self defense. If the ammo pictured above was hand loaded 10mm, I might consider not shooting it.
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Old August 26, 2013, 11:03 AM   #22
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I had almost 100 rounds of .22 that looked like that, it had been in the console of my son's truck for two years. I ran it through the tumbler for about an hour and took it to the range and shot it out of my old single shot .22. I also picked up 31 .22 rounds that were just lying on the ground at the range and cleaned then off with a rag from the truck. All but three went bang when I pulled the trigger. that seems to be a better ratio than stuff right out of a Remington or Federal bulk pack.

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Old August 26, 2013, 12:03 PM   #23
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Don't think I would.
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Old August 26, 2013, 02:49 PM   #24
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If it were mine, it would be headed to the landfill.
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Old August 28, 2013, 07:33 PM   #25
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Landfill? Is that where you shoot!?
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