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Wet Cartridge - Toss it?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by etrain16, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I took a class at OFA on Saturday. Throughout the day, my pockets were filled with hand-fulls of 9mm FMJ ammo. Somehow, one round got left in my pocket and went through the wash. So my question is this - would you just toss that round, or might it be okay to shoot?

    Honestly, I'm fine tossing or unloading the round, hardly a cost issue. But it just got my wondering if these cartridges are water tight enough to keep water out after 45 minutes or so submerged. Maybe the broader question is whether or not any ammo needs to be tossed after it gets submerged. I don't recall reading anything on the subject.

    At least it is bright and shiny now ;)

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It should be fine. Navy Seals never have a problem.
     
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  3. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    One sure way to find out....
     
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  4. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    It either goes BANG....or it doesn't. Fire For Effect!!

    OVER!!
     
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  5. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    My money says it will still fire.
     
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  6. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Is there a chance it does something else???
    Maybe a hang fire or a bang! instead of a BANG!
     
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  7. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    It will probably be fine. I'm assuming it was one of your, but if it's a NATO round, it should have a primer seal and the crimp should be good to go.
     
  8. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My only concern is a little bang, followed by a blocked barrel. Probably won't happen, but it is a minor concern.

    It's off the shelf stuff - I think it's PMC.
     
  9. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Shoot it. By itself. Then check the chamber accordingly. I'd bet a few bucks it will go bang like all the others. If you don't want to try it, give it to me.
     
  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I took a big tumble over huntin elk and lost a leather pouch with with 10 rounds of .338 Lapua. During the fall my pack rolled downhill and right into the ice cold creek. I didn't notice the missing pouch for a few days. I fished it out after 3 days.
    All my hunting rounds are reloads, I didn't seal the primers.. All 10 rounds still went boom!
    I honestly didn't think they would...
     
  11. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Being a 9mm, prolly go pew.
     
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  12. Lilhigbee

    Lilhigbee SE Portland Visit Target550.com Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This gun had been left outside for at least three years when I got it. There was still a round in the chamber when this picture was taken. After getting the gun apart and cleaned up I tumbled the 7 rounds that were in it for about a half an hour and then shot them. 6 of the seven went BANG and one was silent. I think yours will go BANG!!

    WP_20141007_003.jpg
     
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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Looks like my old Ruger P89 - minus all the rust of course. I sold it some time ago, but sometimes I still miss it. I actually carried that monster for a time.

    Edit - maybe that's a P90 - I didn't look closely enough to notice the single stack magazine.
     
  14. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Okay, next time I head to the range, I'll take a shot with that round and see what happens.
     
  15. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    It will shoot and go bang.
     
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  16. dlurvey

    dlurvey Aloha, Oregon Member

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    I had a mag of 380 go thru the washing machine. Like you I was worried if the rounds were still fireable. Took to the range and they all went bang. These were rounds for my carry gun, I would never trust these abused rounds for that purpose. Bought new replacements.
     
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  17. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would agree that I wouldn't carry any ammo subjected to such treatment, but re-purposing as range ammo is good. I hate the thought of wasting any ammo.
     
  18. FA9

    FA9 Hillsburrito, ORgun Well-Known Member

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    A few years ago I watched a yt video on how to discard loose amunition (soak in water or motor oil). I took a few of my reloads and soaked it in water for a couple days, then shot it. It all fired but I noticed that they shot differently too. It felt like it had an extra grain of power...
     
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  19. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    a buddy and i found some rounds that were under water on the flooded willamette river bank all fall/winter. they shot fine.
     
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  20. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Stumbled upon this..



    Granted he is using reloads with no primer sealer.