Contaminated ammo Mythbusters (part 2)

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    Contaminated ammo Mythbusters (part 2)

    Reference the previous thread (Low budget Mythbusters) I left some assorted ammunition to soak for a week in WD40 and salt water. Today was the test day. Forgive the long list, and yes, I realize it's not completely scientific. I used a bunch of ammo I had left over. In the WD40 We had Federal 125gr .38 JHP+P, CCI 230gr .45 ball, Fed 147gr HSHP 9mm, Independence 180gr .40 FMJ, CCI Blazer .25acp ball, and 3 .22lr loads. A copper CCI and Remington, and a lead Federal. The .40 did not fire after several attempts. The Federal .22 LRN fired, none of the other .22s did. All others fired fine.

    In the salt water we had the same rounds in .40, .45 and .22. We had a Remington 158gr RNL .38 and a Win 115gr STHP 9mm in those calibers. The Blazer .25 case showed a minor ammount of corrosion. All rounds fired with the exception of the .22s. The copper CCI squibbed, none of the others fired. The .25 fired fine with no case damage.

    The lessons learned? Well, the resuts were interesting. The .22s reputation for sensitivity seems valid. The premium ammo all fired fine. Your comments are welcome.

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    Yep - the .22 is not surprising but the other stuff obviously did very well - better than many of us might have expected.

    Thx for doing some myth busting!

    Mind you - as I think we'd all agree - even a short exposure to such things would take carry ammo off the useage for carry list!
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    Interesting tests superhouse.
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    So ... don't spit on 'em after a heavy meal; don't pee on 'em; don't store 'em in the oil recycling bucket. Check! And remember to swap them out every few months, to cycle in fresh loads, to avoid all of that. Wheee! another trip to the range.
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    Agreed

    None of this lets me believe that I can pour sludge on my carry ammo and cycle it in and out of the chamber until it's a wadcutter without concern. I replace my carry ammo about every 6 months, but I do cycle my chambered round out a lot. I show off my carry gun to customers from time to time. I replace that one more frequently. First sign of shortening, damaged hollowpoint or damaged brass case and it goes to the Mythbuster pile. I think thats a safe system and is what I recommend. Shooting stuff is still fun, glad you all have enjoyed it.

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