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I noticed some of my 38 special bullets have a white flakey material on the tips. Am I correct to assume humidity has ruined these bullets?

I also found some 357 lead tip bullets have become rough and have lost their smooth cone shape.....is that also the result of humidity?
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Nothing affects the accuracy of a bullet in flight more than the ogive, that curve on the bullet cone. Dinging the tip doesn't have much impact on the accuracy, but variations in the ogive will.

The bullets are not ruined. Clean off the tips of those .38spls and bang away, preferably outside. Try a few of those .357s, see if the accuracy is what it used to be. Maybe over short distance they are acceptable. For hi-power rifle, not likely they would be accurate enough if there is corrosion on the ogive.
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I use those on the strays
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Those are real good to be the first shot at the range. They'll help with the breathing and squeezing that trigger if you havent shot in a while. ( which is a NO-NO btw) Load em' up and bang away.

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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
Nothing affects the accuracy of a bullet in flight more than the ogive, that curve on the bullet cone. Dinging the tip doesn't have much impact on the accuracy, but variations in the ogive will.

The bullets are not ruined. Clean off the tips of those .38spls and bang away, preferably outside. Try a few of those .357s, see if the accuracy is what it used to be. Maybe over short distance they are acceptable. For hi-power rifle, not likely they would be accurate enough if there is corrosion on the ogive.
Thanks.

To the other responders.....I'll use these the next time I am at the range and let you know if they hit my target or the one next to me.

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Sounds like lead oxide. Shouldn't be a problem.
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shoot it up and by some fresh stuff.
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Originally Posted by 11andy11 View Post
shoot it up and by some fresh stuff.
Buying fresh stuff is the problem. I was at BassPro in ATL yesterday and the entire pistol ammo inventory was wiped out. I came home and decided to go over my own inventory when I found these old bullets. I'll definitely shoot these after I remove the lead oxidization.
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Tireless, if it is just the flakey white oxide from the lead then it should not be a problem as Eyeball mentioned. If the rounds are old and dirty (been rolling around in a old toolbox, glovebox, etc) I would becareful that there is nothing imbedded in the lead because it could score the barrel.

P.S. just wipe it off with a clean rag. DO NOT tumble any live round in a case tumbler!!! Yes, I know a few idiots that have done this.
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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post
DO NOT tumble any live round in a case tumbler!!! Yes, I know a few idiots that have done this.
The ony tumbler I use is attached to my 357 revolver.
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While your at it, you might want to throw some conditioner on your holster too.







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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post

DO NOT tumble any live round in a case tumbler!!! Yes, I know a few idiots that have done this.
As a reminder, the "idiots" that tumble live ammo include Winchester, Remington, Federal ... every ammo manufacturer. After putting a round together it gets tumbled in a huge vat with a gazillion other rounds of the same caliber to make them nice and shiny and clean before they go into the box.
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BPS is having a sale starting tomorrow on the winchester bullets that are similar to the black talons, I went today and they wouldn't sale any until tomorrow, I was told they were locked up until tomorrow but I'm outa town in the morn...... But good prices if you can get by there before they're all gone
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
As a reminder, the "idiots" that tumble live ammo include Winchester, Remington, Federal ... every ammo manufacturer. After putting a round together it gets tumbled in a huge vat with a gazillion other rounds of the same caliber to make them nice and shiny and clean before they go into the box.
These guys tumbled them so long that the powder was pulverized (I pulled the bullets on a couple and it was not ball, flack or stick, it looked like black talk). Some weird things happened when they shot them so I recommend against it.

I am sure that Win, Rem and Federal have a little more experience on what to do and not do and for how long though.
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They are fine. I wouldn't go crazy trying to remove any oxidation, you don't want to push the bullet any furter into the casing. There is a small small chance humidity or water has gotten into the casing and damaged the powder. Just make sure after each bang the bullet goes all the way through the barrel

At the same time, it is probably worth the extra 20 - 50 bucks a year to have new fresh self defense rounds to use. There's no need to risk your life relying on old ammo.
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It is a 38 pistol, accuracy is not going to be affected to the point it matters if any at all. Most people are good to about 25 yards with a 38

I would use them at the range, I have seen older rounds, VERY OLD, they would not fire or were not strong enough to make a semi auto work properly

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