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Old 12-31-2013, 11:20 PM
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Does anyone "waterproof" their ammo?

I know that many factory loads have sealant around the primer to protect the round from moisture ingress - but I'm just wondering if anyone else has given thought to doing the same for any amount of reloads you may have stocked up for "emergencies"?

I have a few hundred .45 ACP rounds that I added a bit of nail polish around the primer in order to seal it a little better.

Probably overkill and not necessary, but I'm thinking if I ever have to head to the hills, chances are very good that a lot of things may get very wet in the course of a true emergency, and figure this is cheap insurance to ensuring all my rounds go bang if/when I need them to.



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Old 01-01-2014, 06:40 AM
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I've seen a lot of videos where people put a drop of superglue on the primer to seal it. As long as it goes bang then I don't see a problem. Maybe an experiment is in order. Seal 10 and leave 10 unsealed and submerge in water for a few weeks. See if there is any difference when dried and fired.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:10 AM
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I use "Hard as Nails" on the primers of my hunting ammo.
I have hunted in near monsoons with no problems with my loads. I have had a few failure to fire rounds in my duck hunting days with shotshells. I was my worst enemy though... leaving shotshells out in the rain or drenched in the box sitting in the jon boat while hunting, pulling the boat in and out of the drink, or just being lazy with them.. Ah, young and dumb days when a box of duck loads were under 5 bucks..... cant buy 2 rounds for that now.

Anyhow, I experimented with a few products and H.A.N works great.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:13 AM
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Actually one of the paint pens from the craft store helps the factory seal.
The Europeans are a little more obvious with their sealers. They leave the stuff all over the case...
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:29 PM
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Isn't that what the plastic ammo boxes are for?

A little packing tape around the lid and you have a good tight case to protect them.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot39.htm
If penetrating oil is not a problem, why would water be?
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:27 PM
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Naw , I have enough factory and GI surplus ammo stashed to see me thru armageddon.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:47 PM
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I continue to use George & Roy's custom primer sealant - learned that way, hard to change. I will say; on an extremely (well below zero) cold, humid/wet/snowy, early morning hunt - I KNOW (40 years of experience) when I squeeze my trigger - my re-load will go bang - and the round will hit. What, well that depends!

Would it otherwise? On a paid trophy hunt - do I want to take a chance? No, I think not! But that's just me -
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:52 PM
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I store my ammo in military cans, so yes I suppose I do.

Makes it easy to stack too. Like lots of it
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:24 PM
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Nail polish? What color?
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:27 PM
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I store my ammo in military cans, so yes I suppose I do.

Makes it easy to stack too. Like lots of it
This.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:23 PM
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Nail polish? What color?
Fuscia.



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Old 01-02-2014, 01:23 AM
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Fuscia.
My favorite! I was afraid I didn't have the correct color!
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:13 AM
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They make primer sealant pretty cheap.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:44 AM
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I do not seal my hand loads. My wife has a habit of leaving ammo in her pocket and washing the pants. To my surprise they fired, no problem. I would not use them for carry ammo even if they were sealed. This has happened three times with at least 12 rounds per time.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:32 PM
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I wouldn't see a problem with it. The military demands primer sealant in many of their applications. As long as whatever is being used as a sealant doesn't cause any FTF's, or and excessive buildup that is detrimental to the mechanics of firing the weapon, then I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:54 PM
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I have been thinking about canning ammo using a home can sealer. Obviously the ammo wouldn't be exposed to moisture and you can buy pop-top lids for easy access. Fiocchi does this with their "Canned Heat" product line but I have lots of boxed ammo I'd like to preserve.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:21 PM
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I vacuum sealed some of mine.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:19 PM
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I vacuum sealed some of mine.
I've thought about doing that. We just recently got a "Food Saver" vacuum sealer.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:04 PM
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I've thought about doing that. We just recently got a "Food Saver" vacuum sealer.

You can pick up cheap bags off of ebay. Not good saver just some off brand. They work good for me
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:15 PM
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I seal all of my ammo in 30 cal ammo cans. Nice and dry there. I don't hunt or make a habit of swimming with my guns so I think I am pretty safe for now.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:09 PM
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Isn't that what the plastic ammo boxes are for?

A little packing tape around the lid and you have a good tight case to protect them.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot39.htm
If penetrating oil is not a problem, why would water be?
I just read that test.
Can anyone tell me why the Hoppes turned the brass Green?
is that evidence that it is better or worse?

I do not use it, but since it was the only one, it must have something different in it.

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:30 PM
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vacuum seal bags are way to go
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:56 PM
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Yes, make your own Battle Bags with a food saver.

My 5.56 is all on stripper clips. I split all my Ammo up.

25% into Range ready box for shooting practice.

25% into Bugout boxes using USGI Cans with Mags and Speed loaders in them.

50% Bagged.

That way I can rotate stock and if need be have it all in the truck in 10 minutes.

My 45. ACP does not stay around that long.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:36 PM
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I vacuum sealed some of mine.
This. Quick and easy. Good for all ammo.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:14 PM
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Yuppers. We would seal the primer an bullet for bang sticks when diving, but ya gotta watch goin' deeper tha 200 feet.
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