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Old 09-23-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Wet Ammunition?

What,if anything, can be done for ammunition that was underwater for a day and then in a wet box for several days? My thought was to get it out of the wet boxes and allow it to dry.

Unfortunately I got six feet of water in the basement during this recent storm. In total I am looking at about 10 thousand rounds of assorted 45 and 9MM. It will be some time before I can make it to the range so I am hoping it will fire.

Is trying it a stupid idea?

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Old 09-23-2018, 12:13 PM   #2
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dry em out and try em...in about a year...
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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I would probably pull one bullet from each batch to see if water got inside the case. If yes, then likely the powder/primer are ruined. If no, then let them dry and try a magazine.

You should still be able to salvage the cases and bullets.

I'm assuming these are handloads.
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Dave,

Good idea on pulling a few. No they are not hand-loads. They are a mix of new and factory reloads (Freedom Munitions).

BTW, How did you guys do in Florence?

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Hey Russ, we did OK. We're inland, and only got about 8-9 inches of rain with some gusty winds. Thanks for asking.

I don't know about FM, but some factory loads (and most mil-spec) are sealed against moisture.

Good luck.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:37 PM   #6
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if they were sitting bullet end down water shouldn't have got in.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:53 PM   #7
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Good thought but they were boxed 1K to a box and when I took them out I do not know how they were oriented.

I think you were on target (no pun intended) earlier. Let em dry a long time and give them a go.

Fortunately I keep weapons on the main floor and they are safe.

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Just a thought Russ; beware of squibs.

I really don't think I'd trust it. But then, I don't heal fast anymore.
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:27 PM   #9
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Dave, The thought of squibs has crossed my mind several times. There will be no rapid fire and I will be sure each round went downrange before firing another.

I have a friend who had about 300 rounds that got wet. They were not all the same caliber but he quit when he got a squib in each of the two calibers he was shooting. Mine are drying longer, have not shot yet, but if they do the same then my reloading friends are going to get a windfall or I will be turning in a large amount of ammunition at the Sheriff's office.

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