Quick question for anyone who's more experienced than me (which should be almost everyone!).
I bought three boxes of ammunition with my rifle when I got my FAC last year. I took all three types out on my first trip, tested them all, settled on one of them and zeroed the rifle. There was the merest "water in the air" that didn't really qualify as rain, but it was enough to make me carefully dry off everything - rifle, mod, ammo - when I got home. It was all put back in the cabinets which are warm, dry and reasonably well ventilated.
I had all the ammunition out of the cabinets today as I needed to do a count up after finishing some reloading. Everything I'd had stored in there was in perfect condition, except for the box of Federal ammo. All 11 rounds left in there are showing signs of surface rust, most noticeably on the bullets but also on the cases in places.
Can anyone help me with the following:
a) I have emptied and checked the cabinets for signs of damp and found nothing. I'm 99% certain that the marks / crap on the cartridges is rust, but could there be any other explanation for what looks like the jacket of the bullets being tarnished / corroded?
b) is there any good way of cleaning these rounds up?
c) will they be safe to fire, or do I need to dismantle them and dispose of them?
Thanks in advance for any experience any of you can share.