Is S&B ammo corrosive?


September 28, 2004, 01:28 AM
Hi all.

I shot some S&B ammo through my 1911's and, as you may know, S&B has some red gunk around the primer which is still on the breechface and firing pin of my 1911's.

What is that stuff?

Do I need to worry about it?

Should I detail strip my slides?


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September 28, 2004, 01:34 AM
as far i know it is not corrosive. i am pretty sure that red stuff is just a sealer to protect from moisture.

September 28, 2004, 01:35 AM
Primer sealant. Annoying as hell to clean, otherwise harmless.

September 28, 2004, 04:49 AM
As mentioned this is laquer primer seals. It should brush off with GI cleaning brush and some Hoppes.

September 28, 2004, 05:57 AM
You get really dirty gunpowder in S&B and wolf that doesn't always burn fast enough and leaves a lot of crud. Remember, you get what you pay for.

September 28, 2004, 08:44 AM
I have never thought S&B was any dirtier than CCI Blazer or white box Winchester.

It doesn't really matter how dirty it burns. It is really intended for range use, and you are going to clean your guns afterward, right?

It is not corrosive, by the way.

September 28, 2004, 12:09 PM
I have shot alot of 9mm S&B ammo and have never had a problem with it. I actually prefer it for longer term storage because of the sealant on the case. I haven't found it to be any more dirty than anything else.
I will say that the .357 S&B ammo that I shot in a friends SP-101 did seem to be loaded pretty hot.
BTW - It is not corrosive, but I think that there is some 7.62 Nato ammo out there made by them that is corrosive. But it is marked, and is not sold as sporting ammo AFAIK.

September 28, 2004, 12:21 PM
i actually have found white box to be dirtier in my opionion. I definatly wouldn't compare it to wolf.

September 28, 2004, 12:33 PM
I've shot a lot of it with no problems. Wolf is dirtier, in my opinion.

September 28, 2004, 03:47 PM
Nope. Not corossive. Much nicer than Wolf. I am especially fond of the .303 British.

George S.
September 28, 2004, 06:40 PM
S&B is very good quality ammo and is every bit as accurate as Winchester, IMHO, it is not as dirty and WWB or even UMC. I use it in .45ACP, 9mm, .38SPL and .357. The .357mag in 158gr is a pretty hot load too. The lacquer sealer seems to stick to bolt faces but some scrubbing with an old tothbrush and some Hoppe's and it's gone.

S&B brass is good for reloading too. The factory primers can be a bit tough to get out, but not a big issue. Quick cleanup with a pocket reamer and they're good to go.

September 28, 2004, 06:43 PM
So do I need to detail strip my slide to clean the firing pin and channel, or not worry about it?


September 28, 2004, 07:12 PM
I wouldn't worry about it any more than I would with any other ammo. In other words, regular maintenance is fine.

September 28, 2004, 07:17 PM
I've never had a problem shooting S&B but since I tried reloading their brass, I don't use it anymore. The primer pockets are tight and I've had primers go off before trying to squeeze them into unreamed pockets. I vote for whitebox!

September 28, 2004, 08:22 PM
S&B rocks...many of their loadings are hotter than what you can get on the shelves at Wally World (their .32 ACP ballistics give a ME of near 200 ft-lbs. - not bad!). I like their boxes better than CCI Blazer - more compact. The price is fair, too. :D

September 29, 2004, 12:47 AM
I certainly prefer S&B to UMC and Blazer. Never any dirt problem, as Wolf.

However, Wolf has one major advantage... You know you just fired off a big dirty blast... smoke everywhere... The smell of battle... I love it.

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like... VICTORY!"

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