Is this normal or acceptable?

Is this normal or acceptable?

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    Is this normal or acceptable?

    I just received 10 boxes of Hornaday XTP and they all have some level of staining/pitting on them. Is this normal or acceptable? These are self defense rounds. I haven't taken them to the range yet. The customer service dept where I bought them said:

    The spots that you are referring to are sometimes normal on ammunition for a few reasons. Occasionally the brass will not be completely rinsed after being cleaned and the remaining soap residue will tarnish the brass in spots like that or the ammunition in transit goes through different climate changes and the spots are simply accelerated tarnish due to the environment and humidity (the humidity and climate change would explain the condition of the boxes as well)! Typically with some elbow grease and brass polish, the spots will come off but they will certainly not affect performance at all.
    Your thoughts? And no, I won't be shipping these to any of you, who I know will GLADLY take them off my hands.


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    Looks like my reloads if I leave water spots on them. Shouldn't affect performance.
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    That stuff is pretty!

    You ought to see the ammo our dear Uncle issues...
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    shoot em worry free my friend. normal as apple pie.
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    I don't think brass rusts? Looks a bit tarnished, you could polish those spots off with some flitz( if it really bothers you, I'd leave them alone). Overtime jackets will patina a bit too. They look good, besides the chamber of your firearm is whats gonna be holding the pressure.

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    Cosmetic issue only. No problem at all. Shoot it in good health.
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    Yeah that happens.

    That's why I make sure I buy all my SD ammo with nickel plated cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockstar View Post
    I don't think brass rusts? Looks a bit tarnished, you could polish those spots off with some flitz( if it really bothers you, I'd leave them alone). Overtime jackets will patina a bit too. They look good, besides the chamber of your firearm is whats gonna be holding the pressure.
    no, brass does not "rust". the term RUST only applies to the brown/red color oxidation on ferrous metals.

    technically "tarnish" is a term used to describe light oxidation on(usually) non-ferrous(iron) metals. although saying a piece of stainless is "tarnished" would be correct.

    all metals except gold, and maybe platinum(?) oxidize. Even aluminum and stainless steel.
    Brass starts shiny, and then with some oxidation(tarnish) it turns brown, eventually turning black and will even pit and corrode.
    Copper starts out shiny and turns brown and then black and then that green color when it is truly oxidized. Think of that green stuff on old copper as copper rust.
    most metals behave differently when they begin to oxidize.

    in your situation those spots are really what the factory said they are, watermarks, nothing to be even remotely concerned about.
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    They're not pitted, just stain spots that will hurt nothing. And yes, I would GLADLY take them off your hands!
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    I think they are fine as they are. I have seen this on speer, federal, winchester and remington.

    Has anyone ever bought Fiochi ammunition. That has got to be the nicest looking ammnuition out of the box. It practically glows when you open it up.
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    Very dangerous . Pack them carefully and ship them to me for proper disposal . Now that you are a member of the forum ,I will waive my usual fee for such services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Wolf View Post
    I think they are fine as they are. I have seen this on speer, federal, winchester and remington.

    Has anyone ever bought Fiochi ammunition. That has got to be the nicest looking ammnuition out of the box. It practically glows when you open it up.
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    Yep, the Fiocchi I get always looks like it has just come out of tumbler.
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    just shoot 'em or save them for a rainy day
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    Could be Ebola.
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