View Full Version : Wet Shells

November 13, 2001, 08:25 PM
I went duck hunting the other morning and I was the dog for the day. I set out the decoys in the mornng. After three uneventful hours I went out to pick up the decoys and noticed one of my shells had fallen in the water earlier. I picked it up and now I don't know what to do with it

It is a 2.75 federal steel #2
Is it safe to use?
If not, is it safe to throw in trash or should I do something special with it?


Dave McC
November 14, 2001, 06:28 AM
Shells are cheap, questionable ammo should be deep sixed. All that aside, modern ammo is very well made,and a brief immersion shouldn't hurt it.

Old paper cased hulls did absorb water and swell. Plastic does not.

November 14, 2001, 07:48 AM
Duck loads are usually marked waterproof and are sealed at the factory. If so the shell should be OK to shoot. If not take it apart to check out the components:D (always like to do that to see what is inside, might be interesting!)

Check the crimp, does it have a small hole in the center or does it look like it has been sealed using heat to melt the plastic? If it has an obvious hole then I would discard the shell as it probably is wet inside.

Plastic shells are generally quite durable, as long as you dont step on them and bend the brass out of shape.

My $.02