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Disposing of Damaged Live Rounds @ Range

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  1. archigos

    archigos Member

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    What is the proper way to dispose of damaged live rounds at the range? My AR-15 put a huge dent in the side of a cartridge that failed to feed, and I'm not sure what the best way to dispose of it is.
    My range, like most others I've been to, has waste containers that are separate for general trash and spent brass.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    If the dent was not near the case head, I would have shot it.
    Pressure would have fire-formed the dent back to spec.

    But anyway:
    Ask the range safety officer what they prefer you do with live ammo.

    Many ranges have a special container for live ammo somewhere.

    If not, I would toss it in the empty brass barrel.
    Somebody is gonna have to go through it to seperate the live ammo, steel cases, etc, before they sell it for scrap brass anyway.

    rc
     
  3. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    rcmodel, BAD BOY rc BAD!!!!

    If you can, fire it, if not, deconstruct the cartridge BEFORE you dispose of it. Pull the bullet (not hard at all) Empty powder, then chamber it and fire off the primer then dispose of it. Never put a live round in the empty case bin!!! BAD rc BAD!!!
     
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    agreed freedom fighter,
    deconstruting the bullet is the best thing to do.
     
  5. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Most ranges I've been to had a "dud bucket" for that purpose.
     
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    I have taken ammo to the state patrol and they would burn it up the next time they did this kind of stuff. the officer gave it to the bomb squad guy for disposal.
     
  7. smartshot

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    not that I would do this, but I heard from a friend of a friend that he or she disposes of live rounds by tossing them into the bottom of a freshwater lake.
     
  8. CHEVELLE427

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    pull the bullet give it to the range master or owner
     
  9. belercous

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    My range has designated barrels & buckets for mis-fires. Lacking that, I'd throw them in water.
     
  10. kingpin008

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    Dud bucket, or deconstruct once at home. Add the brass to the scrap pile, recycle the projectile, and use the powder to feed the tomato plants.
     
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    Yep.
     
  12. evan price

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    Take it home. Pull the bullet, powder & primer. Reinstall components into the same type case they came out of. Shoot on next trip.
     
  13. mcdonl

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    I go with RC's answer....

    The OP never said he is a reloader, so taking it home and reusing it is maybe what I would do, or what you would do but that was not the question. The question was:

    And, RC gave the best answer... ask the range officer.
     
  14. UltraMag1981

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    My range has a steel box with a small hole on the lid and with a heavy piece of steel that is on a hinge that goes over the hole. The box is marked "live damaged rounds"! I'm not sure what the president of the range does with them but I'm assuming he takes them home and pulls the bullets.
     
  15. gunaholic2

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    If I get a missfire at the indoor range, I just give them to the employees in charge of the range. I have had a couple of .22's that actually bent almost in half during feeding into the chamber. Not very common, however.
     
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