How to get away with using corrosive ammo during periods of ammo shortages

As a new administration takes over the executive branch, political uncertainty will drive gun owners to be looking to buy up as many firearms and munitions as they can in light of possible new legislation. Known affectionately in the gun community as ban-panic (or “banic”), the phenomenon tends to dry up conventional ammunition supplies from domestic manufacturers, forcing many to buy surplus ammunition from foreign countries.

It is unlikely that the  Republican controlled Congress will introduce new “gun-control” legislation, but uncertainty still exists.

While not all foreign ammo is poorly made, former Communist Bloc-made (ComBloc) ammunition is almost always corrosive. Be it the 7.62×54mmR used by the humble Mosin-Nagant rifle or old sealed “spam cans” of 7.62x39mm for the AK and SKS series of rifles, a lot of gun owners will notice that their weapons are rather susceptible to corrosion after firing old surplus ammo. Even worse, many modern cartridges suffer from similar issues- depending on the origin of the ammunition.

Now, corrosive ammo is not the end of the world. Our grandfathers shot corrosive ammo through their M1s, Enfields, Arisakas and K98s during World War II, their fathers did the same in World War One. Ammunition quality was different and produced in much higher quantities than we could ever imagine- with fewer technological advancements in ammunition production than we have today.

Fortunately, this “old world” problem can be fixed with a time-tested solution, that has (for the most part) outlasted the very ammunition and rifles it was designed to clean up after. We’re talking -of course- about Ballistol.

Ballistol is great for surplus rifles because Ballistol was designed for rifles of the era. From 1905 to 1945, Ballistol was the “all-around” oil and cleaner for German military rifles and equipment.

When it comes to corrosive ammo and age, Ballistol is great for getting rust and other corrosion out of a well-fired weapon. A little goes a long way, but feel free to apply generously to the working parts of your weapons.


However, the time-tested solvent works well beyond just the metal parts of your weapon- it can work into the wood and leather sling as well, revitalizing your old warhorse and making her look decades younger.

Newer rifle or pistol? Have no fear, Ballistol works just fine on them, too. As close to a “universal” cleaner, lubricant and protectant as man can currently devise, Ballistol can tackle anything from a day at the range to the lull after a long firefight.

So stick to the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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