Ever shoot rusty ammo?

This shooter did and was in for quite a surprise.

Check out this questionable shape ammo and see if it will actually still perform.

As an avid shooter you should never fire old, damaged or questionable ammunition. Shoot the very best to be assured good performance and safety in your weapon and to you personally.

With the above warning statement out of the way lets take a look at YouTuber Polenar Tactical and his test of some rusty ammo he found cleaning his car. What we have is rusty steel case rifle ammunition and some handgun ammo that has been rolling around in a car getting corroded for quite awhile. The test is an eye opener to the soundness of modern ammunition under not so perfect conditions.

My personal experience over the years as proven to me as long as the powder charge and priming solution is not ruined by extreme heat of moisture cartridges will still go bang. In my younger years I used to plink in an area where others did also. They would drop handfuls of .22 ammunition (back then it was cheap!) while loading and as a young penniless shooter I would pick them up and use them for practice. Cheap promotional bulk pack .22 ammo after a rain shower might not work at all. The better stuff had a good seal against moisture. I was astounded by the old school PMC Zapper ammunition. The outside lubrication gave them a greasy feeling. They always worked when I found them even a year later sitting out in all four seasons, along with snow and rain. They sat on the old gravel path and waited all that time to be fired successfully with proper power and accuracy still present. That’s just incredible right?

As I said earlier, always shoot good ammo and properly store it in a cool, dry environment. In a pinch though, modern ammunition is a better product than most could imagine.

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