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Old 04-12-2006, 12:13 PM
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Default Ammo Disposal= Hazardous Waste?

Afriend of mine has some old shells that are corroded and look downright nasty. He doesn't want to just throw them in the trash.

I wasn't sure what to tell him sine I've never had ammo around lng enough to have it go bad.

I suggested checking with his city office or trash collection service for a hazardous waste collection. Any other ideas?

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Old 04-12-2006, 04:25 PM
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If there aren't many of them you could unseat the bullets and throw them in a trash pond that doesn't have any fish or birds.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:31 PM
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Are they corroded so bad that they are pitted or are they just green and yucky looking?

If they are just green clean them up and shoot them. No need to throw them away. They will shoot just like they did when they were new.

I am sure you know someone that reloads so just have them put the cartridges in a tumbler.
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:34 PM
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If it was me, I would get a hand bullet puller and remove the bullet, empty the powder, and if they would go in the gun, set off the primers, then put the brass and lead into the recycle for metal, bury the powder, and you are done. Did it with some old bullets before heading here last summer. Just have to be careful firing off the primers but it would be ecologically sound and you are recycling! [8D]
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:46 PM
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just bury them in a hole or something....
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:49 PM
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You received a few good suggestions.

Like Bigbulls suggested you can clean them up and shoot them. Just don't tumble them because the motion might break down the powder in size or shape and change the burning rate and cause pressure change.

Like JLmoore1956 suggested you can disassemble the rounds. The powder works well as fertilizer, and the primers will become inert if you soak them in oil. Good luck
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