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Why are the cases of my stored hard cast lead ammunition sticky?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by zippygaloo, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    I have some hard cast lead bullet reloaded ammunition that has been stored loose in an ammo can. I noticed that the cases feel "sticky". I believe the sticky feel is from the lube.

    1. Should I not store reloaded hard cast ammunition loose in a can?

    2. How long will the ammunition last stored this way?
  2. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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    Just curious if the ammo was sticky when first placed in the ammo can and what caliber the ammo might be as well as the type of lube the bullets have? I reload mostly cast ammo and there is lube that will get smeared on the sides of the cases during the bullet seating stage a lot of times. If the cases were free of lube when stored initially, then temperature may have played a part in getting the lube to melt enough to migrage out of the case possibly.
  3. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Stop reading GUN P*O*$ while reloading. This may prevent sticky ammo. (Just guessing)
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  4. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    When you seat the bullet, the lub will transfer to the die and to the casings. It happens.
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Does "Lub" work better than "Lube"?:cool:
  6. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    He missed the line above the U.
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This might be something of mild concern. It is not a good idea to have any sort of lubricating (or polishing) compound on the exterior of brass. Brass needs to do its job when being fired, which is to create a gas seal. Lubricant or polishing substance on the exterior can prevent (or hinder: I wanted to use the term than ends with "tard" and starts with "re", but previous experience with the site's overbearing censor software says no) the brass from gripping the chamber wall instantly and thoroughly as it should upon ignition of the powder.

    A well-lubed case (or chamber wall), either from residual sizing lube, polish, or gun lubricant may also allow the brass to slide, creating excessive thrust against the bolt face as well.

    Our brass should ideally be free of any of these compounds, and in fact NOT extremely bright-and-shiny polished to grip as it should, seal as it should.
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