Corrosive Ammo?


July 21, 2005, 04:26 PM
I found a mixed case of surplus .30-06 in ammo cans in my basement that my late father had purchased. The head stamps are lake city(L C X X) and the dates are from the 40's and the 50's. I remember my father telling me what the break for corrosive primers was but I can't remeber it. :banghead:
Does any one know the date or where I can find this information?

Is there any problem with shooting this ammo other than possibly a higher than normal rate of mis fires?

THanks in advance.

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July 21, 2005, 04:31 PM
LC 52 is the first non-corrosive headstamp. Some of the LC 51 is non-corrosive. You can see a list here (

July 22, 2005, 06:40 AM
There shouldn't be much of a chance of misfires as I've fired a good bit of 8mm Mauser milsurp from the 40's with none. Cleanup is easy, as indicated by Dennis Kroh of Empire Arms:

July 22, 2005, 09:50 AM
Thanks guys. I think that I just found a whole buncha plinkin ammo for my garand!!

I like this forum. People are really nice, informative and not afraid to speak thier mind :)

Both of those sites are great! Instead of ammonia do you think that Hoppes #9 would work just as well?

Red Tornado
July 22, 2005, 09:59 AM
No, the ammonia is to dissolve the salts from the corrosive ammo, regular gun oils won't do that.

The other option is water, or some say soapy water, to dissolve the salts. Hoppes #9 should be used in the regular cleaning AFTER you neutralize the salts.
Good shooting,

July 22, 2005, 11:43 AM
Use Sweet's 7.62 Solvent and you won't have to redundantly clean. It has 5% Ammonia in it,and is an excellent solvent. I clean mostly with it in the shop, and all my own guns with it. I shoot lots of milsurp ammo, and I never have to worry about it as long as I clean ASAP with Sweet's 7.62. BTW, itwill clear out your sinuses if they are plugged. ;)

July 22, 2005, 12:39 PM
Ammonia isn't required to disolve the salts left behind by the corrosive primer, water will work just fine.

July 22, 2005, 02:14 PM
I ordered some Turk 1943 ball from dillons for my mauser. Its has smaller extreme spreads and SD than anything else I've tried- including modern commercial. Higher velocity and better accuracy too. All I do is pump soapy water through the bore, flush it and follow up with solvent and oil

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