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Bullets don't swim well

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by G10mm, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. G10mm

    G10mm

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    My bullet and primers got soaked :steamed:. I guess the primers are junk .:crying:
    The bullets has anybody tried to clean them . Like maybe tumbling them or something elice What are you thoughts
     
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  2. Batesmotel

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    You mean soaked, Water? Do you mean unloaded bullets and primers or loaded cartridges?
     

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    Yes All the above . the cartridges Are factory I will shoot this weekend and see if they work . As for the bullets and primers Unloaded soaked /Flooded under water . wet . The are not loaded yet
     
  4. crsuribe

    crsuribe 10mm Auto

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    Discard primers; measure bullets and if within spec; clean them with dry cloth and use.
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Don't toss the primers, let them air dry for a few days and in all likelihood they'll be fine... unless they've been sitting on the bottom of the ocean since Atlantis sunk.

    Just wipe off your projectiles, discoloration won't hurt a thing. Your factory rounds will also most probably be fine... flatlander hunters often fall in lakes, streams, hot tubs or simply piddle on themselves at the sight of a ground squirrel and their ammunition survives the traumatic event.

    Just ask Zombie Steve.


    Jack
     
  6. Colorado4Wheel

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    I would rinse the primers in water and let them dry and nice long time. Jacketed bullets can be tumbled. JHP might have the hole fill up with media. So I would be careful about that.
     
  7. PCJim

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    If clean water, your primers will be fine after they have dried out.

    I proved this a couple of years ago after soaking primers in both tap water and WD-40 for two or three weeks (it's been a while since I ran the experiment). After allowing both groups to air dry for a week or two or so, I fired them, sans powder and bullet, in a 9mm case in a P226.

    All of the primers fired. Those that were soaked in water had no noticable reduction in fire power. Those soaked in WD-40 presented a noted decrease in fire power but still had enough umph to probably set off a powder charge.

    Use those primers in range fodder once they're dried out. Although I have no concerns about them going bang when struck, I still wouldn't want to use them in a SD scenario.
     
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I ain't a-skeered a no ground squirrel.

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  9. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    If the bullets are jackets or plated you can run them in your tumbler to polish them back up. I've done so a few times.
     
  10. G10mm

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    POLISHING DOES BRING THEM
    I will what to see what to do with the primers .
    To day I put a shotgun primer on a Anvil that was wet and hit it with a hammer :embarassed: it went off just fine :wow: Loud as hell thow
     
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    I have washed more than a few rounds of .45 ammo that I left in my pocket. They should be fine once dried out.
     
  12. PCJim

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    Yum! Haven't tried a ground squirrel, but those gray squirrels are delicious!
     
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Make sure you have a little tobasco or SOMEthing in your pack. Pretty bland.