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Air Travel with Bullets (not Ammo)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mark_Mark, Jan 30, 2021.

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Should I Check bag Bullets or Mail

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  1. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

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    how do I travel with bullets? I found 1000/147 berry and I want to bring it back home. I do travel with a firearm so I have to go to TSA anyways

    suggestions?
     
  2. GoldieMI
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    Pack it in your checked luggage though It will put it probably overweight and cost extra. It's not ammo, it's not a dangerous item. Call your airline and talk to them and see what they think.
    no law against metal non-explosive components in the luggage that I am aware of. Primers and powder- you would have to declare as they can't travel by air due to ordinance regulations.
    Or you could ship them home via UPS/FedEx and save yourself some TSA Attention.
     
  3. 9mmepiphany

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    Pack it in a USPS Flat Rate box. No need to ship them.

    Pack them securely so they don't move away inside the box, swaddle it in packing tape to keep it from breaking open, and mail them to yourself.

    It will be less expensive than paying the Excess Luggage fee.
     
  4. D.B. Cooper

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    I would dump them in a US Postal Service flat rate box and mail them home. That's how Mo. Bullet Co. ships theirs. 1k 147 grn projectiles will weigh about 21 lbs. If you can keep your checked bag total weight to under 50 lbs. total, then just drop them in your checked bag, but if it puts you over, the USPS shipping cost will about the same as the overweight bag fee.
     
  5. D.B. Cooper

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    Beat me to it. You type faster than I do LOL.
     
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  6. Mark_Mark

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    Thanks guys! I scored some primers and bullets. I’ll give the primes to my non-reloading buddy and mail the bullets back. SUCKS because I’m already checking a firearm
     
  7. GoldieMI
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    you can ship primed brass by doing the ORM-D stickers on a UPS box - pretty simple
    Primers though would be Hazmat...crazy i know but you could prime brass and send them to yourself.
    USPS works too- just much much much slower
     
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  8. Mark_Mark

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    thank! a buddy here mailed me primed brass and I’m 100% grateful. If it was just primer... would have cost 5x
     
  9. longdayjake

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    Primed brass is a non regulated item. If ORM-D was still a thing (it isn't as of Jan 1st) it would be incorrect to use a ORM-D label on it.

    I've flown with bullets TONS of times. The very best way to do it without causing issues is to put them in your carry on. Put them in an outside pocket or somewhere that is very easy to access. They WILL search whatever bag you put them in. The reason is because the lead with obscure everything else in the bag. So, we often just put the bullets in a tray of their own when going through the metal detectors. This keeps them from searching the bag and makes them more at ease when dealing with them. They will want to open the box to see what they are, but once they realize they aren't loaded rounds and that you have no way to use them as ammo, they will let you through.
     
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    thanks Jake...forgot that the rules changed this year.
    Appreciate it.
     
  11. D.B. Cooper

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    Not sure I'd want to haul 21 lbs of lead around a couple different airports during layovers.
     
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  12. Mark_Mark

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    direct flight
     
  13. chris in va

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    Wait, no more ORM-D?
     
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  14. D.B. Cooper

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    STILL don't think I'd want to carry 21 lbs of lead through even your departure and arrival terminals.
     
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  15. Mark_Mark

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    but it’s 21# of freedom!
    21# of man candy
    21# of hopes and dreams
    21# of what makes America great again
     
  16. George P

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    No ORM-D label; now it's a "limited quantity" label: (old one on the left, new one on the right)
    ORM12345.jpg
     
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  17. mdi

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    For bullets, no primers, powder, etc., I just call them small metal machined parts, or small lead alloy ingots when mailing or selling them. Never questioned about them...
     
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  18. Mark_Mark

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    It say bullet on the box lol... I would lug them
    EF657686-BBCE-4CE1-86D4-646962D67B47.jpeg
     
  19. Archie

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    In spite of what a person on the phone says, many airport representatives and TSA will not know the difference between 'bullets' (inert bits of metal) and 'live ammunition' (which really isn't much of a hazard anyway). I'd mail them.
     
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    I have to agree. The TSA here at our local airport threatened to arrest my wife because she took a "bullet" into a restricted area. Their claim was that anyways.

    She went to the local airport for a job interview and on her keychain was a .357 mag case with a bullet in the end. It had a metal hook in the primer hole attaching it to the ring so obviously it was just a piece of lead and brass, not illegal, but they said it could fit into a pistol and fire. She told them with no powder or primer the best it could do was to be thrown at someone.

    Two supervisors and my phone call to a church friend who literally runs that airport got it squared away. She was assured the TSA agents would receive extra training to prevent this occurrence again.
     
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  21. jmorris

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    You can check even loaded ammunition if you wanted to. Would make sense to them if you are traveling with a firearm.

    https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition


    A fingernail could fix that. A ball point pen could then turn them into aquarium marbles... :)
     
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  23. Blue68f100

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    If by chance they open the box to look, there is no way they will seal it up to hold. When you get to your destination you will have bullets throughout your bag.
     
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  24. Mark_Mark

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    just imagine a 1000 147g spilled all over the baggage handling, baggage belt... what a crazy mess that would be
     
  25. Shawn Dodson

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    You don't have to declare ammunition (or bullets) in your checked luggage, only a firearm. When I declare a firearm and the check-in agent asks if I have ammunition I tell them "no".
     
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