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sinoxide primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by djnelson28, Apr 29, 2008.

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  1. djnelson28

    djnelson28 Member

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    I picked up a couple boxes of olympic arms 30-06 m2 ball ammo for plinking, and they have sinoxide primers. the box does not mention whether or not the rounds are corrosive. ive cleaned it since firing only a few of them of course and fired other name brand ammo through it, but i didnt want to fire off the rest if they are corrosive. any feedback is appreciated. dave
     
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    "Corrosive priming" is a misleading term. The primers themselves aren't corrosive. They are hygroscopic, which means they attract moisture, which in turn causes rust, which in turn corrodes the steel of your fine firearm.

    All that's required to prevent this from occuring, is to clean the rifle with hot soapy water right after the shooting session and then oiling it.

    The other thing that can be done is to use a cleaning solvent meant specifically for "corrosive primers", which used to be common, but not these days. I have a full case of the solvent in my garage, and it's plainly marked "poison", which is why you don't fine it much anymore. We're being protected from ourselves once again, but in my house, ingesting firearm cleaning solvent hasn't been a common practice, which is why I still have some.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    I don't know about Olympic, but on RWS ammunition "Sinoxide" MEANS noncorrosive.

    The residue from corrosive primers is largely potassium chloride, which is hygroscopic, and salt water is definitely corrosive. But it washes out easily with water or old style bore cleaner which contains water and soluble oil. Windex is ok, too, but it isn't the ammonia "neutralizing" anything it is the detergent and water washing out the salt.
     
  4. djnelson28

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    thanks

    thank you both- i probably wont fire it till i know ive got solvent for corrosive primers
     
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