There are several things I never do without. One is my constant little bulldog, Piggy. I bought her when she was three-weeks-old from fighting breeders, as my way of rescuing at least one pup. She is my constant companion, from room to room. (My old wolf hybrid/St Bernard isn’t quite as energetic.) Second, my Smith & Wesson 340PD. The revolver’s always in my pocket, battered over the years, friction-taped grip (nothing announces gun like a glimpse of wooden grip in your pocket) and all, going back to the days I wore a county badge. It’s a part of me as much as some knife scars and the shrapnel scars over my left eye, and the six tattoos. And then there’s my number one tool: the Pedi Paws battery-powered pet nail grinder. Insane, you say?
Nope. I’ve been cleared. I believe in having a Road Warrior-future level of ammo on hand for price increases and any sudden disaster/riots. Does LA or New Orleans come to mind? Well, to insure said stockpile, I purchase bulk, JHP, whenever there is a good deal, etc. The only problem is we still use cardboard in most of our ammo boxes from the manufacturer.
My favorite .40 load, Ranger 135gr JHP, often comes with some light rust on the back face of the rim and around the primer. Those of us buying 5.56mm surplus often see worse. In the short run it really doesn’t matter. But just as I never load a mag w/o gloves-(I don’t like the idea of my prints floating around on casings where they could be placed anywhere to possibly cause me legal problems), I don’t like fouled ammo.
Perfect cure: the Pedi Paws. Although my grumpy-ass wolf, Odin, won’t let me try it on him without trying to bite me, it’s the perfect tool to buff off rust from ammunition. Just use common sense and don’t bear down or run over one primer for 15 minutes—primers do go boom, after all. Simply open the box of old ammo and run the Pedi Paws, without the screw on cap guide, over the rounds as they sit in the box.
So now you know: you can even get gun stuff at PetSmart.