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Old 12-12-2005, 21:07   #1
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Safe ammo disposal?

Our old apartment was damaged by fire early last year. A few months after that, my dad passed away.

While sifting through my dad's old stuff, we came across boxes of assorted ammunition, most of which appear to have been damaged during the fire (case discoloration, corrosion). I've attached a photo below.

What is the safest legal way to dispose of the damaged rounds? Is it possible to just bring them to the nearest FED regional office and surrender them there?
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Old 12-12-2005, 21:14   #2
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is that KTW? The one with the light green teflon? Yap, better bring them to FED. Maybe some bad cop will get creative and shoot them. Para matauhan;f Kiding aside, It's a good idea to surrender them to FED for proper disposal.

Buti na lang hindi nagignite nung magkasunog. I had the same concern nung magkasunog sa kapitbahay namin. The first thing I did after I was sure I had all my family members safe was to take away all the guns and ammunition out of the house. Other family members took care of all the other important documents and stuffs. I had about 350 rounds of 9mm, 200 rounds of .380, more than 50 .38, about 200 .22lr and 200 rounds of 5.56mm back then. You can imagine how many could have been injured had the fire reached our house and I hadn't been able to take all the guns and ammo out of the house

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Old 12-12-2005, 21:30   #3
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If an ammo has been subjected to heat, and would have ignited the primer, it is the case that will fly out and not necessarily the bullet head. The case is much lighter than the bullet head. But still, safety is the foremost concern.
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Old 12-12-2005, 21:47   #4
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If an ammo has been subjected to heat, and would have ignited the primer, it is the case that will fly out and not necessarily the bullet head. The case is much lighter than the bullet head. But still, safety is the foremost concern.
I disagree. Both the case and the bullet heads will be subjected to pressure. Pressure does not go one way only. If bullet case pressure can blow up a gun, it will certainly be more than enough to launch a bullet, as it always does. A bullet is a projectile, remember? Besides, a semi-auto pistol slide or an automatic rifle bolt is much much heavier than a bullet, yet it is the pressure that cycles the slide / bolt into action.

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Old 12-12-2005, 22:47   #5
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Thanks, guys. I'll just call our regional FED office to coordinate its disposal.

Darwin,

What is KTW? The case is stamped S&W 38 spl, so maybe it's just a teflon reload. I dunno.
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Old 12-12-2005, 23:00   #6
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What is KTW? The case is stamped S&W 38 spl, so maybe it's just a teflon reload. I dunno.
Pards, it's a brand of armor piercing bullets. The brand thats responsible for the bad rep of teflon coated bullets as armor piercing though its not true. The teflon coat serves as protection for the barrel since the steel core bullet can ruin the barrels rifling.
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Old 12-12-2005, 23:49   #7
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I disagree. Both the case and the bullet heads will be subjected to pressure. Pressure does not go one way only. If bullet case pressure can blow up a gun, it will certainly be more than enough to launch a bullet, as it always does. A bullet is a projectile, remember? Besides, a semi-auto pistol slide or an automatic rifle bolt is much much heavier than a bullet, yet it is the pressure that cycles the slide / bolt into action.
Just think about it. A cartridge laid on a table on its side and then the primer ignites, which would you think will go further the bullet or the case?

The bullet acts as a projectile because something is holding the case. Hold the bullet and the case will become a projectile.
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Old 12-13-2005, 00:20   #8
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Just think about it. A cartridge laid on a table on its side and then the primer ignites, which would you think will go further the bullet or the case?

The bullet acts as a projectile because something is holding the case. Hold the bullet and the case will become a projectile.
I think that if a cartridge is laid on the table on its side, both the case and bullet will become dangerous projectiles. Although a cartidge when fired in a gun launches a bullet, the pressure on the case also reacts back which causes the slides of automatic guns to cycle. No doubt that the case would go farther but theres also no doubt that both case and projectile can cause severe injuries in such a case.
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I think that if a cartridge is laid on the table on its side, both the case and bullet will become dangerous projectiles. Although a cartidge when fired in a gun launches a bullet, the pressure on the case also reacts back which causes the slides of automatic guns to cycle. No doubt that the case would go farther but theres also no doubt that both case and projectile can cause severe injuries in such a case.
Come to think of it, for some rifle cartridges, the bullet may be heavier than the case.
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Old 12-13-2005, 00:34   #10
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Anybody knows at what temperature will a cartridge go BOOM?

An ammo box does get hot after leaving it inside the car during matches. Hopefully, not enough to ignite the primer or the powder inside.;P
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Old 12-13-2005, 00:51   #11
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Anybody knows at what temperature will a cartridge go BOOM?

An ammo box does get hot after leaving it inside the car during matches. Hopefully, not enough to ignite the primer or the powder inside.;P
I actually am thinking of a modification to a car so I can take a sawed off shotgun with me and have it accessible in a second. The temperature inside a car parked under direct sunlight is giving me pause though. Mainly for the reason you said.
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:40   #12
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auto ignition Temperature

Ive read it somewhere that the autoignition temperature of gun powder is about 770 deg F which is 400 deg Centigrade but in some MSDS it says there to avoid storage at above 150 deg F = around 66 deg Centigrade.. this is for the ordinary pyrotechniques powder.

If im not mistaken autoignition temp for smokeless powder/propellant the granular type is more then 400 deg F = 240-250 deg Centigrade.

Considering that Brass is a cold metal are you ready for this "it will also ignite at a much lower temp of 250 deg F = 120-125 deg centigrade"

SOURCE:MSDS

Bullets can only ignite if the primer is Activated however
ill go with 66 deg centigrade rule ,just to be safe and i agree with everyone if the bullet ignites the shell can also cause damage.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:12   #13
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I think that if a cartridge is laid on the table on its side, both the case and bullet will become dangerous projectiles. Although a cartidge when fired in a gun launches a bullet, the pressure on the case also reacts back which causes the slides of automatic guns to cycle. No doubt that the case would go farther but theres also no doubt that both case and projectile can cause severe injuries in such a case.

When a bullet goes bang without support of a barrel chamber para syang granada
The case willl disintegrate sending brass shrpnel all around, while the bullet will make talsik but I doubt it will have enough velocity to damge anything
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:15   #14
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Anybody knows at what temperature will a cartridge go BOOM?

An ammo box does get hot after leaving it inside the car during matches. Hopefully, not enough to ignite the primer or the powder inside.;P

Let's send it to mythbusters!!
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:19   #15
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hmmmm looks okay....parang pwede pa iputok yan ah, .38 special yon ano? tsk tsk where do you live mikey;f ....just kidding;f
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Old 12-13-2005, 17:26   #16
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Hahaha. Instead of calling FED, send ATM a PM. He will assist you in disposing the ammo legally (transfer of ownership) at no charge at all.
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Old 12-13-2005, 18:21   #17
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ako na bahala pare...

saan location mo pare? ako bahala dispose nyan safely... wag kana ma-mroblema

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Old 12-13-2005, 19:36   #18
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simple physics lang yan. If a cartridge is ignited outside a chamber it will explode outwards in all directions. the one supported in this case the bullet head which will be the heaviest and strongest part of the cartridge will also move since there is a force subjected to it.

The weak area, namely the brass after the area where the bullet ends will usually be the part that will give. unless you have semi loose primer pocket.

the area will explode outwards and upwards since there is again a support on the bottom. the ground or table or whatever. assuming that the bullet is lying on its side.

If the bullet is standing up. the support will be the bullet base which is supported by the ground, table floor whatever. then now there is more force applied on the bullet head. but still the weak area which is the case after the bullet base should give out first, unless the crimp is very loose. If the crimp is very loose......

too many factors, i can give you drawings and show you the forces invoved;f

better just give it to the fed or bomb squad and let them take care of it.

But if your held by the russian pretzel hold, remember dont bite the balls in front of your face;f
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Old 12-13-2005, 22:40   #19
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hanap ka na lang ng may bullet puller tapos ibaon sa lupa , then let mother nature take its course.;K
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Quote:
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When a bullet goes bang without support of a barrel chamber para syang granada
The case willl disintegrate sending brass shrpnel all around, while the bullet will make talsik but I doubt it will have enough velocity to damge anything
+1, though I doubt it will be that dramatic

Not sufficient impulse to be imparted by the burning gasses to push both case and bullet to a significant speed, given that the crimp will give way almost immediately. If the parts were soldered, then maybe the results could be as destructive as described

Hula ko lang, parang tunog "supôt" na pla-pla ;f
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