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Safely dispose of old (slightly corroded, not usable) ammo....??

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by BlindedByScience, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Folks, we're moving in a week and as i go through my treasures, I came upon a box of very old, very funky ammo that I'd like to get rid of. There are some shotshells, some centerfire rifle rounds, pretty random stuff. This box came from my wife's dad when he passed years ago, it was given to me to take care of, but it's old stuff and has no sentimental value.

    What's the safe and legal way to get rid of this stuff...??

    Thanks in advance - B.B.S.
     
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  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Shotshells: Slice lengthwise. Throw base, hull, shot away. Powder in the garden.
    Centerfire shells: Pull bullet by clamping tip in a vice or pliers, twist case with hand or pliers till bullet comes out. throw case and bullet away, powder in the garden.
     
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  3. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    There are no legal restrictions in our part of the country except perhaps age. Sounds to me like you should list it for small for a small sum so that someone that collects cartridges can see if there is something in the lot worth saving.
     
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  4. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    If anybody wants these they can have them for free how's that? I'll see if I can put a list together in the next day or two but things are pretty busy with the move. Thanks for the suggestions guys really appreciate it.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Usually, a range will have a "dud bin". Lord knows what they do with them.. probably bisect/scrap/re-purpose what they can.
     
  6. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    I've always been far too chicken to make a pipe bomb......:D
     
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  7. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    You know, I hadn't thought about the squib bin at the range.....that's a possibility.
     
  8. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    This actually could be the start of a permanent thread.

    If someone came onto the forum and wanted to safely and legally dispose if ammo and wasnt interested in giving it away, Im curious as to where they could go, unless they just threw it all in the trash.

    Im sure I could spend 10 mins googling the how and where.. But I still think the forum could have an outlet that let those that may be less familiar with firearms and safety to learn where they can drop the ammo off quickly and easily without getting hounded by the "free claimers" lol. That isnt a jab at anyone here, I mean that not everyone is going to be comfotrable meeting up with a stranger that may be new to the forum.
     
  9. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    I was dropping of some florescent light bulbs at a free hazmat event after having just purchased some powder. While digging the bulbs out of the trunk the hazmat worker saw the powder and remarked that they get cans of gun powder all of the time, typically dropped off by a widow. I would imagine they see their share of ammo too.

    That's enough to make me cry, so please try to keep it in the hands of those that can use it and not the landfill.
     
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  10. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    I'd never landfill shootable ammo, but as I said in the title, some of this stuff has obvious corrosion on it, so I wouldn't pull the trigger.

    I'll try to get a list up tomorrow. If anyone wants it, it's free. If not, it'll go in the squib barrel at the range.

    Thanks, guys -
     
  11. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    Several options:

    1. Offer it free
    2. Pull the bullets, dump the powder in the garden, crush the case
    3. Take it down to the sheriff and turn it in


    elsie
     
  12. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Offered it free, got someone that says they want it, works for me. Great tips all around, thanks folks...!!
     
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  13. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    ...no worries, my friend, it's all good here.....:D.....:cool:
     
  14. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have some bad ammo I inherited also - stored poorly.

    Eventually I will pull the bullets with a kinetic puller and through the powder onto the lawn or garden - it is a nitrogen fertilizer so that's fine, just do it during the rainy season or water afterwards so as not to burn the lawn.

    The bullets and shot can be reused. The shot can be melted down.

    Don't throw lead into the environment please.

    Pour a few drops of oil into the case to deactivate the primers.
     
  15. kilimanjaro

    kilimanjaro Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Hate to say this, but it kind of sounds like you may have a mini-collection of cartridges. Check the headstamps, if all are different, I'd pack it up and move it with the rest of your goods, then give it to a collector down the road, take it to a gun show and see what you can do.
     
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    joe k SE Portland Member

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    I have also been making a drop-off at the Metro hazardous waste facility, and they had taken in several boxes of waterlogged shotgun shells. So I know they'll take old ammo.
     
  17. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I've soaked old .45 acp primed cases in oil for months. Thinking yep the primer is now dead.

    Stick the primed case a 1911 and pop! Just as loud as a fresh one...;)

    Maybe I used the wrong oil?
     
  18. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Gave the bunch away to a NWF member....thanks, guys.