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Old 12-02-2019, 03:32 PM
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Wet 22 mag ammo, will it fire?



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Has anybody done any testing on 22 magnum ammo submerged in water for a period of time? Will it still fire?

I ask because my 22lr ammo squibs if I get a drop of gun oil on it. I'm talking CCI Velocitors and Aguila Interceptors. All my firing pin strikes are deep.

Is the 22 Mag with the full metal jacket more resistant to water and gun oil?
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:51 PM
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That's a pretty open question AS. I'd suggest:

1) Pull a bullet and see how the powder looks. If the water didn't muck things up inside the case then..

2) Go shoot it. Just be prepared in case of squibs. Take a cleaning rod or long dowel to remove a stuck bullet. And always good advice to listen to each shot and if it doesn't sound right STOP and investigate.

Given the crimped heel and lubricant found on rimfires I suspect you'll be fine but that's totally dependent on how long they were submerged.

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Old 05-21-2020, 06:55 PM
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I was doing some plinking last Saturday and didn't realize I had four rounds left in my pocket. I changed in the garage before going in the house and left the dirties in a pile on the floor.

While I was at work, my wife grabbed the pile and washed them. (That was thoughtful)

I get a call from my wife around lunchtime. She was a bit frantic shrieking something about blowing up the dryer. Yep, they made it through the washer and into the dryer.

When I got home I had to see if they'd shoot, 2 fired, 2 didn't.

The rim was dimpled on the 2 misfires, I loaded and tried again. Still wouldnt fire.

I removed the bullets. The powder was dry in one, wet in another.

I guess the moral of the story is; You might be ok if you fell in a creek, but they won't make it through a Kenmore!!!

At least half won't.

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Old 05-22-2020, 08:07 AM
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Once, went on vacation and put 1 box of cci mm and 1 box of remmys-both in the plastic 100 rnd. boxes-into a plastic bucket along with some other items, including a bottle of wine. Put the bucket in a trailer with all my other stuff for the trip north. Upon arrival, found out the wine bottle had broken and the ammo had been completely submerged for who knows how long.
All the CCI MM fired, none of the Remington that I tried would fire. Last Remington ammo I ever bought. That was 30 years ago.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:13 AM
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Sounds pretty stupid to me!!! Pretty much asking for a bullet to be stuck in your barrel... now how you getting that out let me guess... ramming something down the muzzle end of your barrel... do what maybe a screwed up crown... yea letís try that... the stupid stuff people ask...
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:48 AM
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Sounds pretty stupid to me!!! Pretty much asking for a bullet to be stuck in your barrel... now how you getting that out let me guess... ramming something down the muzzle end of your barrel... do what maybe a screwed up crown... yea letís try that... the stupid stuff people ask...
Wow.
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BW I've always been told there are no stupid questions only really dumb answers. As far as trying why not just be ready for anything out of the ordinary. Good luck
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Sounds pretty stupid to me!!! Pretty much asking for a bullet to be stuck in your barrel... now how you getting that out let me guess... ramming something down the muzzle end of your barrel... do what maybe a screwed up crown... yea letís try that... the stupid stuff people ask...
While I agree with this post in principle, I would have expressed my opinion much more gently. I will right here: Toss that old, wet, suspicious looking ammo away. The cost of a good rifle vs a few boxes of ammo that might ruin it? Not a risk I'd take.
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:00 PM
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While I agree with this post in principle, I would have expressed my opinion much more gently. I will right here: Toss that old, wet, suspicious looking ammo away. The cost of a good rifle vs a few boxes of ammo that might ruin it? Not a risk I'd take.
I made the mistake of firing some OLD paper hulled 12ga shells in my Browning BSS. To my knowledge they had been stored properly. They fired fine but apparently had swelled at some point and broke one of the extractors when I opened the action. Had to knock the offending hull out with a wooden dowel. My smith managed to fix it. Learned my lesson!!
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Old 06-06-2020, 06:10 AM
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While I agree with this post in principle, I would have expressed my opinion much more gently. I will right here: Toss that old, wet, suspicious looking ammo away. The cost of a good rifle vs a few boxes of ammo that might ruin it? Not a risk I'd take.
Well said good sir

I wouldnít try any questionable ammo unless my life depended on it. Itís just not that expensive.

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Well testing bullets to fail barrel exits is a valid experiment in some spheres. Guys doing gallery gun loads or cowboy shooters load as low as they can, hammer a squib or two out and then work out the safest low exit velocities above that.

So iIf testing wet ammo is an experiment someone is set on discovering as long as they are prepared for the results, I say have at it. From a backpacking or survival point of view it may even yield results useful to some folks.
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Old 07-20-2020, 10:29 AM
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I'll take another tack here. Ammo that has been submerged and gotten wet inside can also dry over time. I have seen 22LR ammo get wet like going through the washer and after a period of time (weeks or months) it will fire. That doesn't mean you can rely on that ammo for serious work but it certainly won't destroy your gun so long as you make sure each round exits the barrel by confirming a bullet strike or checking the barrel. The only way it will damage a gun is if you have one lodge in the bore and happen to fire another full power round behind it.

The military applies sealant to bullet necks and around primers to improve the water resistance of cartridges. Most centerfire cartridges are fine if you dunk them in shallow water for a short time and fire them. It's that long soaking situation that the military must prevent with sealant so cartridges won't fail in a life or death situation like the muskets of days gone by. Likely 22 magnum is closer to centerfire ammo in water tightness than rimfire because the bullet is seated into the case rather than crimped onto the bullet. Likely 22 magnum is more water tight than commercial 9mm without the sealant to the primer.
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Old 07-20-2020, 01:49 PM
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If in doubt, throw it out.

I don't need either a squib or a misfire.

A squib from a lead bullet such as a 22 long rifle could be a whole different ball of wax compared to a jacketed 22 magnum bullet if stuck half way up the length of the barrel.

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