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Powder disposal

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gfanikf, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    I have a small amount of powder, (50g-70g top) that I had to junk because I had a small amount of a different powder stuck in the hopper. Now I doubt any of the two mixed...but it's Unique and IMR-800X...not risking it. I live in an apartment, so I don't have a lawn per se, and when I have a small amount of powder (like a few flakes) I just wash it down the bathroom drain, but I have a feeling I shouldn't do that with a decent amount. So any tips? For the moment it sits in a plastic container with clear labels to not use.
  2. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Toss it in the garden or yard. Great nitrate fertilizer.

    (I use pulldown powder to fertilize the pepper plants I overwinter indoors)
  3. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    That's the thing I don't have a yard, but that said I can toss it in the back of a friends. He has dogs that run around in the back though and I just want to make sure (as remote as it seems) the dog doesn't sniff or lick any. However, I think I can put it in the far back.

    How long does it take to breakdown?
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Use it to start a nice charcoal bbq fire
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    70 grains of powder?
    Living in an appartment, you have few options.

    Stool, shower or sink drain, garbage can, or open a window and throw it out.

    It isn't nitro, and it isn't going to hurt a thing if you dump it on the front step on the way to get the mail.

  6. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    Okay, I think I'll do the drain over time (wouldn't want to build up down the drain..if that's even possible). Seems easy enough.
  7. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    Ever see Shawshank Redemption? A little at a time and no one will get wise to you. :)
  8. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger Well-Known Member

    Favorite Hobby....

    Andy's favorite hobby was toting his wall out into the yard, one handful at a time....
    Awesome reference, I love that movie.
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    Just guessing, but I bet you drop way more then 70 grains down the stool pretty often!!

    "Lord please forgive me and God bless the starving Pygmies in New Guinea" :eek:

  10. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    Find a non flammable surface, fill up some rifle brass with SPENT primers, get a torch lighter, shut off the lights and watch the show! Or snake it out in a thin line, just don't burn too much at once or you'll set off the smoke detectors. Varget in a 6.8spc case is really cool, like a little hot pink jet engine

    Otherwise, just dump the stuff down the toilet
  11. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    Not down the bathroom sink though! I mean some in College did that, but it was really a jerk think for the cleaning guy to have to deal with.
  12. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    Don't overthink this, just flush it! Gunpowder, even the fastest burning won't catch fire by itself and if it did, it would be like lighting a match. It will only "explode" (actually just burn fast) in a confined space with some sort of ignition...
  13. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    That only holds true to a certain volume. I had a batch of H1000 start to go bad (acidic smell), poured it in a big pile in the driveway, lit it, and proceeded to lose all the hair on my arm, parts of my eyebrows, my eyelashes, bangs, etc.

    Even slow powder will go DAMN fast if there's enough of it!

    (Or, if you're drunk and being stupid, "the bigger the pile the bigger the smile!")

    EDIT: If what you're about to do starts out with "HEY Y'ALL WATCH THIS!" ... stop immediately.
  14. TenDriver

    TenDriver Well-Known Member

    Home made firecrackers.... ;)
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I think you need a special license to dispose of sixty whole grains of smokeless powder.. poetic license!
  16. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    LOL - now that right there's funny!
    I don't care who you are. :D

    I would NOT drop it where dogs roam.
    No, I cannot site any specific reason, other than dogs are attracted to gun powder.
    (atleast mine are)
  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Feh, it's OK unless you're smoking cigars.
  18. sbrader

    sbrader Well-Known Member

    Is there any green space around the apartment building/complex? Just dump it there and let the grass enjoy it!
  19. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    I save up all my pulldown and screwup powder in a 1lb powder jar... clearly marked of course. I take it with me when I go camping to help start fires... but usually I just end up throwing it on the fire a little at a time to watch the light show :)
  20. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    If you have a propane grill put it in a paper sack and set it on the grill with the lid open. After dark for the best effect.

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