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evil ed

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I had a chance to purchase a quantity of reloads at "a good price". these were 18mm, 24mm and 29mm, ranging from B through G. When I got them I found these suckers are ANCIENT:y:. While most of them look OK (some of the grains look a little dark), three of the G reloads look mushroomed on the ends, and the slot in the core has swelled shut

Any recommendations? (Other than don't do it again)
Any hope?
 

The EGE

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Well... for the first few, use rockets that can survive a CATO...


For all the reloads, make sure to sand the slot / core of the grain with some 80 grit sandpaper first, to remove some of the corrosion. That'll make them a lot easier to light.

I'd check the o-rings to make sure they're all still in good shape, and that the delay won't leak gases.

Other than that, certainly post how they perform.

Also: 18mm B reloads... someone still had those lying around? :eyepop:
 

mikeyd

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Also: 18mm B reloads... someone still had those lying around? :eyepop:
I still have some un-opened B6-2 reloads for 18mm. Through the package, they look fine, always kept in climate controlled home.
 

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Fly them with rockets from the guy that sold you the engines!! :)
 

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http://home.earthlink.net/~fredeshecter/cato_origin.pdf

Well... for the first few, use rockets that can survive a CATO...


For all the reloads, make sure to sand the slot / core of the grain with some 80 grit sandpaper first, to remove some of the corrosion. That'll make them a lot easier to light.

I'd check the o-rings to make sure they're all still in good shape, and that the delay won't leak gases.

Other than that, certainly post how they perform.

Also: 18mm B reloads... someone still had those lying around? :eyepop:
 

blackjack2564

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I just lit a F-40 yesterday that was 9yrs old with the same problem.

Had to peel some outer layers of the grain and spacer to fit.

Sanded a new slot also as the old one was swollen shut, sanded the ends of grain to fit.

Only problem you will have is getting it to light. I did not even try a copperhead, went straight to a 2 wire igniter. It went well after the mods.
 

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