Get a shell dismantler & salvage the shot. Pitch the rest....maybe pour powder outdoors as fertilizer.I am looking for some advice on shells that got wet and rusted. If they will fire and will they hurt anything shooting out of the gun?Any advice would be much appreciated.
All the components are waterproof. Even the primers will shoot wet. The only thing that might soak up water is the base wad on some shells but even that takes a lot of water and a lot of time. Rust is generally external on shot shells.Birch,
I would say you were extremely lucky.
It will if it isn’t soaking and submerged.So if the powder gets wet it will still go bang?
The powder IS waterproof. Water, though, requires more energy to change state than powder. So ( as I said ) if the powder is submerged or saturated it won’t light easily. BUT stick a cap and booster in a closed tube full of powder and water and BOOM. Same thing in “wet” powder in a shell. If the flame from the primer catches the edge of a flake it will light it. Light one and the charge fires. Loaded shells will not have saturated powder charges. Too many mechanical barriers to the water reaching the core.I remember seeing the ad in the their reloading data magazine.
The do dry it out before testing it. You implied that the powder was water proof.