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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by pipboy, May 5, 2006.

  1. pipboy

    pipboy Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    i have a couple of problems...im looking for cheap surplus 8mm ammo...how much cleaning will it take after the range to clean a 8mm yugo mauser out after firing corrosive....is the bad stigma true about corrosive...and where can i order surplus ammo online for cheap and dont have to be 21 (im 19)
  2. Diomed

    Diomed Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Corrosive ammo (corrosive primed ammo, to be more accurate) is not some kind of demon spawn that will turn your rifle into a pile of rust after one round, despite what some folks say.

    Just clean the rifle the same day as you shoot, right after you get back from the range, and you'll be fine. Plain old boiling water works best. Run some patches through to dry, maybe a little oil. Oil again the next day to be sure. Pretty much every military used it for fifty-plus years, it's not a big deal unless you don't clean at all.
  3. Firehand

    Firehand Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    As he says, not a big deal. I got a bottle of Ballistol, a water-soluble oil, and mixed some 9 parts water to 1 part oil. Take it to the range and when done shooting, get a patch damp and run it through, do that three times total. Use a damp patch to wipe the bolt face. Couple of dry patches then an oiled one, wipe the bolt face with that one. That will get out at least 90% of the salt traces that are the problem. Then do a normal cleaning at home.

    Can sometimes find a can of old GI bore cleaner at gun shows, use it as above. Or can mix some sudsy ammonia 3 parts water/1 part ammonia, again use as above. Any of these will take care of it.

    As to ordering ammo, depends on local law and the company policy. Lots of companies have websites(AIM surplus, SOG, etc.), check their requirements for purchase.
  4. ball3006

    ball3006 Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Yeah, corrosive ammo is no big deal.....

    When I get home from the range I spray ammonia windex down the bore and bolt face. I then dry patch the bore, run a wet patch, Hoppe's, wet brush, dry patch, wet patch, dry patch, then a wet patch with LPS2 or Breakfree. Wipe off the bolt, wipe again with Hoppe's, then LPS2. Never a problem with rust. I shoot milsurps almost every weekend, for the last 5 years, and never had a rust problem.......enjoy.....chris3
  5. kfranz

    kfranz Senior Member

    Dec 16, 2003
    By the time you factor in shipping, Century is often your best bet for cheap ammo. I don't believe they require 21 for long gun ammo.
  6. Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    South Texas
    Not a big deal - the corrosive part is from the use of corrosive salts in the primer. The gun gets no dirtier than with a non-corrosive primer (but plenty dirty, knowing most surplus ammo), and only requires a single step more to protect your rifle: neutralize the salts with water.

    I bring a bottle of generic glass cleaner with ammonia to the range. When I'm done with that rifle (in my case a Finn M39), I take out the bolt, put the muzzle end of the rifle into the garbage can and spray a bunch of glass cleaner down the barrel 2 or 3 times. A few minutes later I patch the barrel, then run a patch wet with glass cleaner down the barrel and dry patch it. During those few minutes, I clean the bolt face with a patch or two soaked in the glass cleaner and dry it off. Then the rifle goes into the case, to be cleaned normally once home.

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