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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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One of the officers at my local gun club told me to dump 'em in the club's burn barrel.....but don't tell the guy who loves to burn stuff in it.
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when i was in my 20's i accidentally put some 30-30 shells in the burn barrel. i was cleaning out my room and grabbed some papers and stuff to burn, apparently the shells were in this pile. anyway...they blew up, just like a firecracker not like in the movies where the bullets go flying in all directions.


that wont happen. they are not in a barrel, so they just go BANG. i am positive the primers will just go bang too...no harm.
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The only time I've read where ammo that is not "in the chamber" but left in a tubular magazine (think 30-30 Winchester) becomes dangerous is if a fire occurs and the rounds get hot enough to cause the powder to burn. Apparently the mag tube may be enough to send a projectile flying. Likely destroy the mag tube.......but still.

Then again.....I guess the only reason to leave ammo in a tube like that is in case a bad guy get's in the house......one rack and your loaded.
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I have a burn barrel that's what I'd do with them.How were they stored ten years is not long enough for primers to go bad.
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The 10 year old age of the primers doesn't matter. Primers/powder, if kept dry and you avoid temperature extremes have a shelf life over 50 years. You may have just had a bad batch of primers.
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when i was in my 20's i accidentally put some 30-30 shells in the burn barrel. i was cleaning out my room and grabbed some papers and stuff to burn, apparently the shells were in this pile. anyway...they blew up, just like a firecracker not like in the movies where the bullets go flying in all directions.


that wont happen. they are not in a barrel, so they just go BANG. i am positive the primers will just go bang too...no harm.
When I was a whole lot younger and dumber my cousin and I threw a few .22 long rifle shells in a fire. When they blew, it was the casings that took off making a weird noise as they flew threw the air not the projectile because they were lighter in weight. We were lucky one of us didn't get hit.

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my dad told me once that his dad and uncle were traveling home from work together and were coming thru Shamokin Dam on rt 11 - 15 , it was shut down due to a sporting good store fire , all the ammunition was going off from the fire. never rebuilt it after that
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