Discard flood-damaged ammunition

Lee’s note: Given the hurricane and torrential rains we’ve seen throughout the Southeast, it’s time for a reminder about ammunition safety. Bottom line: if it’s been submerged in flood waters for any length of time, get rid of it. The risks it poses are too great. A round that’s been underwater is the perfect recipe for a squib load. Besides, compared to barrels, uppers and eyes, ammo is cheap.

A tip of the hat to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for raising this timely issue.  Here’s guidance from the experts:saami-full_ammunition_exposed_to_water



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. Or just give the dead ammo to me!! Have bullet puller! If the caliber is not useful to me ill melt the projectiles down to cast my own. Toss the old powder, deprime the case, and either reload the round or give the cleaned up brass to firends that reload. 🙂

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