Advice for 9mm soft points with corrosion please.


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dreamer56
March 1, 2008, 09:18 AM
I came into several hundred rounds of 9mm with a jacketed softpoint :)that evidently was wet at one time. :mad: I reload - mostly 38, 357, 45 and some rifle 8mm - but I have not yet worked with 9mm just due to the availability of affordable ammo - of course that is changing now. I am thinking I can save most of the projectiles and reload them. So a couple questions (see attached pic) . . .

Most have corrosion around the base of the shell casing since they were in a cardboard box with a styrofoam tray.

Some bullets do not have corrosion at all - if there is no visible evidence of corrosion should I assume they are safe to shoot? - or, break them down like all others?

Best way to pull 9mm? Tried kinetic RCBS hammer puller but no luck - should I "bump" them a little with the seating die to break any grip and then try the hammer again or is there a better way.

Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom. :)

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The Bushmaster
March 1, 2008, 09:42 AM
If the case is corroded in any way (those look terrible), pull the bullet and discard the case. When you strike the error eraser (kenetic hammer) on something, use the end of a 4 X 4. It makes a better hit. Also, as you noted. Bump the bullet with a seating die to loosen the bullet...

Walkalong
March 1, 2008, 06:32 PM
Throw away the really corroded ones. Tumble the rest, shoot them and discard the brass where someone else will not pick it up and use it.

dreamer56
March 2, 2008, 12:34 PM
Thanks guys -

Started tearing down the worst ones today - the bullets are good so I will reload them.

amlevin
March 2, 2008, 03:41 PM
I usually take rounds like this and tumble them in Walnut shell for about 15 minutes. Done it for 30 years and it works well. Some corrosion is merely surface and that that is deeper I just drop in the "Dud Bucket" when I go to the range.

(PS, save the rants about not tumbling loaded ammo. So far all the "proof" of why not to that I have heard is anecdotal based on "I know someone who" type reports.)

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