I found a 12ga. shotshell in my car..


April 30, 2005, 10:35 PM
... and I don't even own a shot gun. I don't know that there has even been a shotgun transported in my car. We don't have a clue as to where it came from.

My wife and I were cleaning out our Saturn SUV before packing for our vacation. I was tearing the car apart trying to find a missing CD case when I found the shotshell in the back under the for the spare tire.

Never did find the CD case. Guess I need to go buy a shotgun now so that I can shoot the found shotshell.

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April 30, 2005, 10:38 PM
Is the car new or used?

April 30, 2005, 11:20 PM
Only one? :scrutiny:

Man, if I cleaned out my truck I could shoot a couple rounds of skeet with all the assorted shotgun shells. Those .410's are good at hiding in little spots. :scrutiny:

April 30, 2005, 11:22 PM
Couple years ago I had an old BMW 325e. I pulled up the carpet in the trunk to run some stereo wiring, and found a machete. Still have it :)

April 30, 2005, 11:31 PM
I just hope I never have to take my truck to Mexico - I lost a round of CorBon 110 +P on the floor under seat. Well actually - it ''migrated'' under carpet to side of seat rail - just cannot retieve it - but it's there.

That was from when I drove back from MD once - crossed state line and went to reload SP-101 - and dropped a round!

Oh well :p

As for that 12G round - well - simple - you gotta get a 12G - QED!!! The writing is on the wall. :D

April 30, 2005, 11:56 PM
I had a girlfriend once that went to get in her car, and found some bullets on the seat. She figured they were put there as a warning of some type by a stalker x-boyfriend. Buncha sick-o's out there.

May 1, 2005, 12:22 AM
kudu - This past week I cleaned out my SUV. It was pretty humorous...

Center console in front - 2 rounds of .223, and 4 3" Hevishot #6s.
Driver's door - 3 20ga shells, 4 16ga shells.
Under the piece of carpet in the rear (which is in place to keep the dog from sliding around) - 1 empty .223 casing, 1 live .223 round.

and finally...

In the left rear storage bin - 400+ empty Remington STS 12ga hulls.

The .223 were all left over from last year's Highpower season and the big collection of hulls were from a couple range trips when I forgot to bring a grocery bag to hold the empties. I was looking for a flashlight when I came across them and thought "Man, I need to clean this heap out."

I've got a buddy with whom I bird hunt several times per year. Most of the time, when we get to an area we're going to hunt, he lets the dog out of the back of his Jeep and then roots around for a couple minutes, collecting whatever loose 12ga shells he can find. In several years of hunting with him, I think I've only seen him open an actual box of shells once. For Christmas this year, I may give him a coffee can he can use for storage. ;) :)

May 1, 2005, 12:29 AM
I may give him a coffee can he can use for storage. Trapper - ''coffee can'' - sounds kinda small for this task!

Just today - following your lead (and ignoring the recalcitrant CorBon I mentioned - under the carpet!) ............ have an empty 9mm case on center console - a box near full of Fed .22's under rear seat. There are three .243 shells (homeloads) in glove compartment - darned if I remember putting em there! Then in driver's door pocket - under my two road flares - there were assorted .357 mag rounds - mostly homeloads. I asked my wife to check the passenger door pocket :rolleyes: when we went out to eat earlier. Contents included - 2 x 9mm, 1 x 44mag - and at very bottom .. 2 x 12G Rem rounds. Quite an assortment.

I have yet to check in truck bed, as I suspect some other ''items'' are skatin' around! :D

May 1, 2005, 05:24 AM
I got you beat...

After I got over to Korea to serve my year sentence, I found a 12 gauge Federal Reduced Recoil Rifled SLUG in my backpack. :eek:

I know where mine came from though... police academy. :uhoh:

May 1, 2005, 05:48 AM
DWS, if you have a kid ask them where it came from. They pick up the darndest things. ;)

May 1, 2005, 12:38 PM
Ditto. I picked up some wierd stuff when i was a kid.

I found the brass from a .410shell in the road in front of our house (nout ours...didnt have a .410 at the time.).

I found a LIVE .22lr round wedged betweene the carpet the the trim at my baby-sitters house (probably from the previous owners, who were big-time hunters)

Bolth of those have logical explanations...the beat-up old shot-shell probably just fell out of someones car. the .22lr just got droped or fell out of a pocket and sliped down a crack...but there was a time that something unexpected showed up.

I was walking along the road in front of our proprety again, and found a .38 or .357 bullet...just the bullet. I'v still got it. its a FMJ flat-tip. looks to be 158 grain, but i havnt weighed it. the Rifling marks are deep and clear.

i know noone was shooting it aound our house...so it must ahve fallen out of the sky! :what:

May 1, 2005, 12:42 PM
In `61, I bought a used `55 Studebaker. After a month of driving, I decided to clean it from front to rear. Hidden in a brown paper bag beneath the drivers seat, I found two sticks of dynamite.


May 1, 2005, 12:48 PM
I've had a case of .223 and 1/2 a case of 20 ga. in my van for quite a while and don't own anything either of them fit.

May 1, 2005, 12:51 PM
Hidden in a brown paper bag beneath the drivers seat, I found two sticks of dynamite.

Guess I need to go buy a shotgun now so that I can shoot the found shotshell.
Definantly! But if you think it's ridiculous to buy a gun to fire a live round you found, one friend of mine has you beat. He bought an AR15 to fire a reloaded .223 case he found...

But he doesn't reload. :D

May 1, 2005, 01:12 PM
I bought an old classic Land Rover, that had been the width of Africa, and all threw the mid east..... decided to do some work on the heater ducts...and found a knife, shotgun shells, some Ak rounds, and a little toy truck... besides assorted glass and hand painted beads....when I was done, the heater worked much better.

May 1, 2005, 01:18 PM
I always find live .22LR rounds around the house, even when im not cleaning. Several months ago, I took the cushions off my couch and found 5 or 6 live .22s. After recently moving, we found at least a box full of cartridges all around the house, and some of them I have no idea where they come from.

Its weird, becuase in all this time we have only found 1 or 2 9mm cartridges and no .38 specials?

May 1, 2005, 01:48 PM
I suppose the 38s are alot harder to miss-place, due to their size

May 1, 2005, 02:11 PM
Just exactly how strong was the fan in your Land Rover? :scrutiny:

May 1, 2005, 02:20 PM
You guys are lucky,, I work on Fort Riley in Kansas, and I have to show my drivers license at the gate every morning to get on Post. They do random vehicle searches, (they got me three times in two weeks one time) and any guns or ammo are strictly verbotten! I had worked on post for 30 days without being searched when I was looking for a pen in the car, and found two loaded clips for my keltec .32 :what:
My Honda has to stay sterile :(

May 1, 2005, 02:30 PM
Heh..I had to post this..

A couple of months ago, I had an adoption worker come to visit. I waffled on hiding gun-related stuff and ended up stashing some but not all.

While she was here, she reached up on a shelf and picked up a flower pot one of the boys made me and several rounds of 9 mm fell out of the hole on the bottom. She just set it back down. She gave me a favorable report, though, so I guess she didn't mind. :)

Double Maduro
May 1, 2005, 02:40 PM
Ammo Fairy?


Double Maduro
May 1, 2005, 02:41 PM

You can adopt me.


May 1, 2005, 02:54 PM
Dang. Now I'm looking for another Landie.

Thanks a lot! :cuss:

May 1, 2005, 03:51 PM
Ammo Fairy? Dang it DM - :D :D Why couldn't I have thought of that one! :p

May 1, 2005, 08:09 PM
Not in my car (yet) but long ago when I was working a bar in NYC, customer left me a .32 auto cartridge with a dented primer. Under a good size tip. Always wondered what the fellow meant by that. Never saw him again.

May 1, 2005, 09:19 PM
Dm :d

May 2, 2005, 02:13 AM
Just one?

Ever seen the bed of a P/U full of hulls...then tell the wife to be as you are moving you have more....and in other gauges, and that does not include the loaded shells...other calibers. Well, that barn type shed out back was kinda bare before I started " backing up the truck".

About not having guns for...

Well I have cleaned out the truck [ best can] as I park off campus. Storm comes up and shells hiding under bed liner, from b/t tool box and cab...All sorts of stuff comes "floating out" . I don't even own a .270, .308, and where'd the .50 cal come from?

Going to the car wash, spraying out the bed with tailgate down ...I've gotten some funny looks as the liner is lifted and I start hosing....hulls .22's , 9mm, 45ACP just scooting across the lot...

Lady decided maybe she didn't need change after all. Then again I wonder if the 870 in the mat holders being cleaned had anything to do with it... :p

Quickest way I know to get mud out of a bbl...

captain obvious
May 2, 2005, 04:03 AM
Ok, beat this:

I was driving home from a rugby social (that I did not drink at; exams earlier in the week pushed my lazy and tired buttons - I live less than a mile away), and made an accidental turn down a one way street. I immediately pulled into a driveway to turn around, but alas, there were two Morgantown PD cars across the street, waiting in ambush.

The officer walked up to my car, looked inside with his flashlight, and the FIRST thing he did (before even speaking to me) was to call for backup.

Needless to say, my car gets a bit messy on the one week in four or so that I have all my exams.

Everything worked out, though, and that night was the first time that I have ever carried on a friendly conversation about shooting/firearms with a cop - definately a nice change from the usual "what's in the back and why on earth do you need that kind of firepower" response that so many Northern Virginia LEOs have.

May 2, 2005, 06:59 AM
a few months ago...Cleaning out I found 5 or 6 12 gauge 00 buck rounds, a box of 9mm +P+ Black Talons, and a handful of assorted .22s...Hope I found everything!

May 2, 2005, 07:31 AM
after a visit to AZ me and the ex ball& chain were in the line to go thru the metal detector when she handed me a live .40sw round that I thought I had left in the ashtray of the rental.
I was getting the change out of my pocket so I wouldn't have to take it out at the check in and decided to leave the round in the car,she picked it up and was going to take it onboard because "littering is wrong"
I had to get out of line right before I was to go through the metal detector and drop it in the trash....sheesh.
Another time I had a .22 round stuck in my treads of my boots as I went into court,lucky for me the guard was a gunny-he said I could have gotten in deep-uh-messy stuff.

May 2, 2005, 07:49 AM
Are you sure that 12 gauge shell didn't belong to a shotgun your WIFE has hidden in the back of the safe? :neener: :eek:

Missouri Mule
May 2, 2005, 08:49 AM
I bought an old beater Ford from out behind a used car lot one time.
I gave the guy $300, aired up two tires and dropped in a used battery...and drove it home. I noticed when I bought it the truck lock had been popped. No big deal. I opened it up and found $$ dollars worth of hand tools in the trunk.

I called the dealer and quizzed him about the lock. He said he din't know nuthin bout it. I figured what the hell.... I was much younger then.

I fiqured his F U attitude meant they weren't his.

May 2, 2005, 08:51 AM
When I was taking the dashboard out of my project car, I found firmly wedged between the dash and the windshield support reinforcements a decidely non-tobacco cigaratte... it had obviously been there for years, and had tarred itself stuck to the paint.

May 2, 2005, 10:44 AM
I gave a car to my parents a few months ago and my dad found a box of S&W 40 in the trunk. Hey thats where they went.

May 2, 2005, 09:03 PM
My friend and his cousin, who owned my old car and they had used it too to take some brass to a commercial reloader, got pulled over for some serious stupidity the cousin did(long story) The police took a long time categorizing the various calibers and amounts of various brass they found and finally gave up counting!

Never found ammo in a used car but I did leave a plastic HK pistol case in a rental along with a cable lock lock, did not bother to try to get it back. Only thing I found was my dad found a eight ball of coke in a used car he got! He flushed it and I kept the cheap Pakistani lockback folder I found.

May 2, 2005, 11:12 PM
Are you sure that 12 gauge shell didn't belong to a shotgun your WIFE has hidden in the back of the safe?

I wish that were the case.


very funny post. Thanks for the laugh.

Going to the car wash, spraying out the bed with tailgate down ...I've gotten some funny looks as the liner is lifted and I start hosing....hulls .22's , 9mm, 45ACP just scooting across the lot...

Just classic. :D :D

May 3, 2005, 07:49 AM
a clear cut example of a c-o-n-s-piracy :)

May 3, 2005, 08:20 AM
Years ago, I bought my wife a used Wagoneer. After a time, the heater messed up and I asked a mechanic friend to check it out. When I picked it up, he was tellin me what he found inside the heater parts. An airguage, (one of the big truck size), a 4 bladed case knife, two pens, and a pair of earplugs. He told me he had dropped them all into the glovebox for me.

A month later, I decided to check out the earplugs as I was going shooting anyway. I opened the glovebox, found the plugs and squeezed the little box to open it up, only to find it was full of pot!
My wife is a teacher and had been carrying the stuff around in the glovebox all that time onto school property and everything else. LOL

The mechanic had done the same thing I had. He read "earplugs" on the side and took for granted that's what the box actually held. So, instead of checkin it out, he just threw it into the glovebox with the rest of the junk he found.

pete f
May 4, 2005, 12:56 AM
Got pulled over several years ago, driving a little fast, the Statie all of a sudden got real tense, and asked me to step out of the car yada yada yada, after he got me "secured" I noticed about a hundred different empties rolling around the bed of the truck.

A buddy had dropped a bag of reloadables in my truck and I had forgotten about, Trooper had a good laugh once we got it cleared up.

Once later on, rented a car in tampa, had a blow out, went to change the tire and there were three pistols under the spare, a junker Maverick, a 1911 or argentine clone, and a really nice S&W 29, I called home and asked a buddy to run the serials, all came up hot so I ended up calling the local cops, They took a statement but never heard anything about them. But during the statement one detective walked up and asked why I had called Minnesota to check on the guns, I said "cuz I did not know anyone in Florida". he chuckled and smiled and said thanks for calling. A distant cousin bought a car in chicago many years ago. During the seventies, anyway he got a flat and thought the spare was really heavily, but he put it on and drove home but it shook like mad, when he got home and he put his new tire on and decided the tire was really really heavy, so he pulled the tire off the rim, inside was about 14 kilos of pot.

May 4, 2005, 02:13 AM
Was once walking thru an airport in Brussels coming back to the States. I reached in my pocket and felt about 10 .22lrs. Across from me was one of the local cops at the security station. They carry machine guns in airports in Europe (it was during the 80's). I puckered and gently dropped those .22s into a neaby garbage can.

During the 90's, there was some sort of terrorist attack and the fed put up security checkpoints at airports. The officers could ask you to open your trunk, etc. before you got near the terminal. Anyway, I was going to pick up a friend at the Phoenix airport and was stopped by security. They opened that hatchback of my Honda Civic, looked around in the backseat and waved me on. When I returned with the frien, we opened the hatchback to put his luggage in. There in plain sight were two boxes of 12 ga Winchester AA 71/2. Guess the security guard was a hunter? :uhoh:

May 4, 2005, 02:10 PM
My dad bought a used Volvo in 76. Knowing that there are goodies to be found in used cars I pulled out the back seat and found 20 rounds of 30.06
bronze tip and 13 silver dollars.

I kept the ammo and gave my dad the money.

Finally almost 30 years after the find I shot the ammo out of a Savage 110.

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