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Post by hotshot9 on 7/6/2020, 3:24 pm

Hi just loaded some 45 semi wads. and remember reading somewhere here that some people use WD 40 spray on the bullets but i don't remember the rest of the formula does this help the brass from sticking ? how soon do you use it before shooting? dry time? thanks for the help! Vin.

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Post by mspingeld on 7/6/2020, 3:39 pm

Shouldn't be necessary at all.

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Post by Bubba Blaster on 7/6/2020, 3:49 pm

You don't want to get WD-40 any where near your ammo .The vehicle in WD-40 will deactivate your primers in a heartbeat.

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Post by spursnguns on 7/6/2020, 5:44 pm

Hello hotshot9,

A poor idea on many different levels.

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Post by Multiracer on 7/6/2020, 6:20 pm

I call BS on these last two comments.
Place your rounds 25 at a time in an old towel, spray with a wd 40 fogger, rub them around a bit in the towel. Take each round and wipe the excess goop or wax or whatever from each round while you inspect each round. Place them into your ammo carriers and they will be good for many years to come.

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Post by bruce martindale on 7/6/2020, 6:50 pm

I use mineral spirits on a towel to bulk wipe them. WD 40 seems to get gummy.

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Post by zanemoseley on 7/6/2020, 7:17 pm

If your pistol won't run properly loaded SWC ammo you need to focus on fixing your pistol instead of trying to lube your finished ammo.

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Post by john bickar on 7/6/2020, 9:18 pm

wd 40 for ammo? Tenor
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Post by mspingeld on 7/7/2020, 7:37 am

Here's my question; why do you feel it's necessary?

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Post by David R on 7/7/2020, 7:45 am

There was a cop that cleaned his ammo with WD-40.  He got into a situation.   His gun did not fire.  In the end they traced it back to the cleaning of the bullets with WD.

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Post by BE Mike on 7/7/2020, 8:30 am

I wouldn't use any penetrating oil on ammo. I have never cleaned my loaded ammo after loading lead bullets because I never found it necessary. The story about the cop came out in the mid-70's. I remember seeing a bulletin about it, shortly after it happened. I imagine that cop sprayed that gun and ammo with a lot of WD-40!
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Post by bruce martindale on 7/7/2020, 8:30 am

More to it than that I believe...a lot of service ammo used to sit in loops or in the gun too long ( some cases, years) and degraded. I think ammo policy has changed. Anyways, not that I like the stuff, I don't but my ammo doesn't sit long.

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Post by hotshot9 on 7/7/2020, 9:08 am

thanks for all the input! so i'm not using wd40. the reason this came up in the first place is that sometimes it seams that in my clark 45 with kart barrel some of the brass tends to stick when being ejected. i had seen that someone posted that wd40 on the brass and left to dry would alleviate this.

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Post by S148 on 7/7/2020, 9:53 am

As stated above, this is a gun issue, not a ammo issue.

It sounds like it needs more extractor tension if it isn't pulling the cases out of the chamber.

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Post by Wobbley on 7/7/2020, 10:28 am

If you think your brass is sticky now, it will be even stickier with WD40 after it dries out.  WD40 is a water displacing oil and not a very good one (there are way better, like VV-L-800) the problem comes after it dries.  It leaves a soft gummy wax residue.  That attracts dirt and dust like flies to garbage.  

If you want a waxy coating use a car wax that has Carnuba wax.  That is a hard wax and won’t attract dirt.
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Post by PhotoEscape on 7/7/2020, 12:57 pm

Easiest way to alleviate issue related to brass would be to run ammo through the dry tumbler for half an hour.  Crashed walnut shells or corn cobs would work perfectly for this purpose.

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