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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by lowly monk, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Hey all, I have accumulated several different caliber bullets that did not fire. How do I disspose of them properly.
    Thank you.
     
  2. rumblebee1967

    rumblebee1967 Bellingham Active Member

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    Wow, call me a Dud and then ask for advice. Don't know if I should answer. (LOL). I believe many gun ranges have a box for live ammo that did not fire. Not sure what they do with them, but I dont care. Also if you know a reloader they often have bullet pullers and will take them apart for the parts.
     
  3. TCOV

    TCOV OLYMPIC PENINSULA Active Member

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    Put them in a bag and then out with your garbage. No big deal.
     
  4. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    You can use them to add excitement to your next camp fire :)
     
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Can you post your camping schedule along with locations? Just so we all can make sure we're out of the Impact Zone when you are "adding excitement" to your campfire:cool:

    If there are only a small amount, in a bag and in the garbage. Within 24 hours after pickup they'll be buried and won't be bothered for at least 100 years or so.

    If larger quantities, and you want to recycle the components, spend $15 or so for a kinetic bullet puller that looks like a hammer. Bullets in one box to sell as lead and cases in another to sell as brass.

    As for my local range, the "duds" just end up in the brass box. It's usually "mined" frequently by other members and they often pick up the duds to pull down. They then will then just reload with a new primer and powder, using it for plinking or fun target shooting.

    Don't bother your local PD or Fire Department. Most around here don't have a clue what to do with it.
     
  6. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    Have heard to be safe, drop them in a can of auto oil overnight and then to the garbage.....
     
  7. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    You mean the impact zone of the brass? Because that's the only part that will fly back out of the fire.







    That is a myth. There is a guy who has continued to do a test over several years by putting a bunch into oil. He takes a couple of them out each year and, so far, they have all fired when tested.

    Sent from my LG Optimus Elite using Tapatalk 2
     
  8. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    My buddy has a kinetic bullet puller. Works like a charm separating the brass and bullet safely. Then it gets reloaded with all the other brass.
    Good luck and stay safe,
    Mike
     
  9. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Bullet puller so that you can at least reuse the bullet. Some people will decap the primer but I don't think it's worth the risk of damage to my press (or muself).
     
  10. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    I decap misfired brass all the time... never had one go off...

    I've even accidentally decapped new primed brass and never had an issue...

    but that doesn't mean it can't ever go off.. just very unlikely
     
  11. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Decapping live primers doesn't usually end badly, however i have had them go off before, it's usually not a big deal. Just make sure you don't have a cup full of live primers you recently decapped... that could end badly.

    Depending on how serious you are about recovering the components, you could use a kinetic puller. I've gotten really lazy and careless about components and will often just rip them apart with vicegrips and throw all the components in the appropriate recycle bins. Gunpowder for the 4th of july, brass for the scrapper, lead for the casting pot.
     
  12. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I soak misfires in penetrating oil for a looong time then kinetic puller, dispose of powder(burn outside), squirt primer w/ pen oil inside case, decap and wash components and tools in alcohol to remove the pen oil. Seems kind of involved when spelled out like this.
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    If you're talking Congress or the WA State Legislature, I would suggest the word most would be more appropriate.
     
  14. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I LOL'ed.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  15. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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