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.22LR bullets stuck in revolver

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by byronnlunz, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. byronnlunz

    byronnlunz Beaverton New Member

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    I have a S&W 317 Airlight. A few weeks ago, I loaded it and hid it well in my bedroom. Today, I decided to retrieve it, and I was surprised to find that I could not eject the rounds. I eventually used my cleaning rod to gently push each round out of the cylinder from the front; even then, each one took a firm push to get out. Upon inspection, it looks like there is a slight corrosion around the copper-coated bullet (not the brass).

    I've cleaned the cylinder and stored the revolver empty this time. But anyone have a clue where this corrosion might have come from? I did clean the gun just prior to loading and storing it, if that matters.
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Basic oxidation of the copper causes this along with the oil in the cylinder,lube on the bullets also contributes. Not a great idea to store a 22 revolver that way.