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Old Yesterday, 07:49 PM   #1
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Video of 9mm Shell set off with Torch

Was reading Hatcher's Notebook and wanted to see if I could duplicate what Hatcher did. I was really surprised. Let me know what you think.

http://youtu.be/qvpGzSl7TPk
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Old Yesterday, 07:57 PM   #2
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cool! Now do the 45-70
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Old Yesterday, 08:03 PM   #3
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cool! Now do the 45-70
We did that too. You'll have to wait for the video. I'm posting one a week but that one is pretty far down the list. Probably around Super Bowl time.
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Old Yesterday, 09:55 PM   #4
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I guess that is proof that rounds going off in a house fire are not dangerous.
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Old Yesterday, 10:01 PM   #5
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Similar test I did a few years ago.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost....5&postcount=15

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Old Yesterday, 10:17 PM   #6
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I used to test surplus ammo to see it was corrosive. I got burned once and ruined a barrel because I stupidly trusted the labeling, so I did this fairly routinely.

I had a square of 1/4 mild steel and I'd scrub the center with some sandpaper until it shined. Then I'd grab my inertial bullet puller and remove the slug and powder from a test cartridge, and grasp the primed case with a vicegrip. Then I'd go outside on the front step, heat the primer with a torch, and try to remember to keep the base of the case pointed in a safe direction while holding the mouth of the case over my steel plate. I wore glasses and muffs, same as for shooting.

There would be a loud pop, the primer would usually fly out, and a smudge would appear on the bare steel. Nothing to it. No gun to clean, no particular time or effort involved. I'd keep the steel in a damp place and a day later I'd know for sure if that primer was corrosive or not.

I was surprised how many people told me I was crazy but there was really nothing to it, other than the eye hazard which was easy enough to mitigate. I felt there was more danger involved whenever I ran my grinder or my saw, and nobody ever called me crazy for doing that. Never got fooled by corrosive ammo again, either.
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Old Yesterday, 10:19 PM   #7
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Similar test I did a few years ago.
Similar results. Mythbusters did it too, but I found that show lacking in, uh, anything empirical.
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Old Yesterday, 11:04 PM   #8
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I guess that is proof that rounds going off in a house fire are not dangerous.
SAAMI did an interesting video of cartridge testing. Ignited individually, dropped from 65 feet in boxes and case lots, shot with a 308, ignited with blasting caps, and cases and cases and cases of ammo burned in fires, including a trailer fire full of ammo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlO...c&spfreload=10
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Old Yesterday, 11:17 PM   #9
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I inadvertently tested .22 LR shells 30 years ago as I bent over one morning to stoke a campfire (dumped out of my shirt pocket into the coals). The cases looked like popcorn (the next day).
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Old Today, 09:59 AM   #10
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When I was about 16 I closed the overhead garage door on a 16ga shotgun shell with primer end inside the garage. Set that sucker off with a BB gun then hide in my room for a while. No real damage far as i knew but that was the end of my ammunition test phase.

Most fun was a small cannon I made from Galvanized pipe to launch marbles with cherry bombs. Held it in a vice to stabilize. After my mom began to question damage to a couple of our Pecan tree trunks in the yard I dismantled that contraption. That was the end of my cannon making phase.
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Old Today, 10:14 AM   #11
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Oh sure, all fun and games till someone gets hurt. You'll shoot your eye out doing that!

I have given thought to doing similar but maybe setting the cases vertical on a plate that is heating and noting the temperatures the primers detonate at. Never got around to it but figured it might be entertaining.

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Old Today, 10:41 AM   #12
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A "hazard test" of the ignition of an unconstrained .30-'06 cartridge was written up in Phil Sharpe's "Complete Guide To Handloading", in my 1952 3rd edition. Basically, nothing bad happened.
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Old Today, 10:59 AM   #13
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Cool video. As a mischievous kid, I threw a couple of .45 ACP into a fire one time to see what would happen. Hid behind a tree until the round blew. Bullets pretty much stayed in the fire, the brass disappeared and I never found it. Nice to actually see what happens in a more controlled way. I knew the brass would move out, but never would have thought it could go that far into the gelatin.
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Old Today, 11:31 AM   #14
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SAAMI did an interesting video of cartridge testing. Ignited individually, dropped from 65 feet in boxes and case lots, shot with a 308, ignited with blasting caps, and cases and cases and cases of ammo burned in fires, including a trailer fire full of ammo.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlO...c&spfreload=10

Thanks for that SAAMI video. Well worth the time to watch it and it confirmed several things I had always believed about ammunition in "bulk".

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Old Today, 11:34 AM   #15
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It was pretty interesting.

The only down side was thinking of the half million to million rounds of ammo they used to do that.
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Old Today, 12:15 PM   #16
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A few years ago I suffered a house fire, and a .50 Caliber shell sitting on a self detonated. the bullet disappeared, but the casing was within inches of where it had been sitting, it had split at the neck.
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Old Today, 01:11 PM   #17
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None of you have ever thrown rounds on a camp fire? It is pretty harmless, other than the pop you get like a fire cracker going off. It really is no big deal without the chamber containing the pressure.
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