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Unopened Spam Cans

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cuesandmore, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. cuesandmore

    cuesandmore Member

    I have read about finding corroded ammo in spam cans. I have one with 660 rds of 7.62X39. The can is clean and undamaged. It is marked, "made to hunting specifications" No date mmarkings. Should I open it , or leave as is.

    And how to open it? Have no key, and it look as tho a can opener will not go deep enough to open it.

    Thanks in avance for your replys.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    "made to hunting specifications" would lead me to believe it is not that old.
    7.62-39 with that in English is recent production.

    You can open them with a hammer & sharp chisel around the edge.
    An old wood chisel you don't care about works well.

  3. rsrocket1

    rsrocket1 Well-Known Member

    Hammer and chisel around the edges works.
    Swill army knife will probably go deep enough.
    So does a can opener with the two rolling wheels that cut.
    Turn it sideways and cut rather than veritcal. You can do the same on plain cans and end up with a lid that will not cut you (but the top of the can will).

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