Some of the Federal ammos i got worries me.


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Dumper
June 27, 2006, 01:59 PM
I just got some bullets from a friend. They are . 45 ACP Federal hydrashoks 165gr. There are several things that gets me though. I dont know if there rust but on one the head of the bullet there is a ring that goes around it and another bullet (also on the head) is slighty different in shape from the other bullets. Not fully round. Some other bullets have spotting on the head. And also on the rim of the bullet there is the marks you get when you cock it multiple times. Is it safe to use these bullets? I dont want to get a kaboom or any damage to the firearm but they are some high quality ammo. Federals dont come cheap. Forgot to also mention they were locked in a ziplock bag for a couple of months. If that is any problem?

(THE BULLET ON THE LEFT IS THE BENT ONE. YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BULLET. THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. YOU GOTTA LOOK AT IT CAREFULLY).

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Powderman
June 27, 2006, 02:04 PM
Maybe so, maybe not.

Wipe the ammo down with a clean, soft cloth. Rust still there? Look close to see if it is metal discoloration, or actual corrosion.

The different bullet configurations are really not that much of a concern. Federal changed the profile of the Hydra-Shok to feed reliably in all autoloaders.

Dumper
June 27, 2006, 07:36 PM
If the head of the bullet is still a little bent or so is it still safe to use it? Or should i just discard it?

Powderman
June 27, 2006, 07:59 PM
Yipe!

I sure would not chamber it; all sorts of bad things could happen.

Best to pull the bullet, dump the powder in your garden, fire the primed case, and crush the case.

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