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Old 01-10-2017, 04:41 PM
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Last week at the range I dumped my spent brass into my bag. When I got home I dump them directly into my wet tumble jug. Well, 2 live rounds happened to get into the jug. They tumbled for 2 hours. After discovering them I pulled the bullets and saved the powder as it was bone dry. I shot the primers and they fired fine. Next time I will check my brass better.
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:02 PM
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...I never trust what is 'supposed' to be in my bags. I didn't have any Berdan brass but a broken capping pin proved me wrong. I don't know HOW a lot of stuff gets in my bags, but it does.
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Those would be one I'd set aside for first use at my next practice session. 99.999% of the time there's nothing wrong with them.
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My first ex-brother-in-law used to paint 22 Mag with clear nail polish. After 4 trips through the washer and dryer the Davis derringer died, but the ammo still fired in a different gun. (My still sister-in-law, is a slow learner sometimes)

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So, loaded ammo ain't as delicate as some seem to think....
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I didn't shoot them because I was afraid I'd get a bullet stuck halfway up the barell !
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I carry a speed stip or two for my 642 when I carry concealed. I've ran them through the washer them more than once. They just get set aside and shot during my next trip to the range. Never had a misfire.
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Military cases used to have sealant around the primer and bullet. They would be easy enough to make if you really need ammo that is waterproof.
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If you want to load yourself some waterproof ammo (for hunting or whatnot) they sell some stuff on Midway to make it so. It's pretty much like fingernail polish, applicator and all.
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Most ammo is pretty water tight. Rain or puddles shouldn't be a problem as long as it's not prolonged exposure (left out for weeks/months). Pressure is going to be a problem. The deeper the water the more pressure there is. But I don't think anyone is going deep sea diving with their ammo

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I goofed up the shoulder on some 223 I loaded a while back. Crimp was set too tight. Anyway, soaked 4 rounds in water for a week and when pulled down the powder was dry and primers still fired. These rounds had no sealer on the case mouth or primer. I still wouldn't trust ammo that's been soaked for long but have no concerns with it getting a little wet.
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There is a couple of commercial sealers available. I seal the primers on all my ammo that is to be used for hunting. Probably not necessary,but I do it anyway.
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I had a reloaded .30 Carbine cartridge make it through the hot wash cycle before it was found. I pulled the bullet and the powder was still dry. I didn't use any kind of sealant, it was just a standard reload.
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The fit of the primer to the primer pocket and the bullet to the case neck is generally tight enough that the cartridge will be waterproof for short exposures.

What you have to watch out for with ammunition are oils and solvents as some of them are capable of penetrating around the edges of the primer or the bullet and causing problems.
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If you want to load yourself some waterproof ammo ... they sell some stuff on Midway to make it so. It's pretty much like fingernail polish, applicator and all.
Or you can just use fingernail polish; much cheaper and you get to choose the color.

I've been using fingernail polish on the primers of my reloaded ammunition since 1980 and have had no problems with it. No flaking, no residue, some color on the bolt face that is easily removed during routine cleaning.
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