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post #11 of 20 (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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Hi have a coffee can 3/4 full that came out of the Johnstown Flood in the 70's. They were submerged, but I haven't had a single misfire yet. I only use them for sight in though. wouldn't wanna jinx myself.
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bownut , you don`t want the big one getting away
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2019, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I "inquired" with one of the club officers if anyone mentioned the primers in the barrel. He said he "heard" someone said perhaps 22 shells were placed in the barrel......but other than the burn barrel guys taking big steps back.....not a big deal.
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