How to dispose of live rounds?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by KentM, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. kalielkslayer
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    kalielkslayer Contributing Member

    Feb 6, 2021
    Way differing opinion.

    Anything I’m not proud of goes in a bag hanging next to my bench. When it’s full; primer boxes, spent primers, garbage bullets, it goes in the trash to go to my local landfill.
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  2. milsurpguy

    milsurpguy member

    Feb 12, 2021
    Take them apart and save what you can.
  3. Captain Quack

    Captain Quack Member

    Mar 26, 2021
    North Idaho
    I never considered trying pliers/vice grips on them. A lot of them I'd have to measure out the bullet weight and diameter and I'm not sure if that's really worth the effort. I'm in good shape for bullets. Some of them are quite obviously folded or bent or ripped rims. Probably early attempts from when I started back when. I am curious about punching out the primers though. We know what the price of those are and my local store hasn't seen any in 3 months and they went in less than an hour. I checked yesterday and the local PD will take them so that is resolved. But I am just a big concerned about the "alleged" tracers. Anything particularly risky about those? It's just the bullets. not whole rounds. When I cleaned them off most of the orange on the tips came off. I have no idea how tracers work but they sure where pretty back in the old days out of a .30 browning.

    Captain Quack
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  4. AgPilot

    AgPilot Member

    Mar 1, 2021
    You can send them all to Me!!! :)
  5. EricBu

    EricBu Member

    Apr 2, 2021
    Break down bad rounds, either a collet puller or kinetic, your choice. Old projectiles if not mangled get reused, otherwise go in the recycle container. Powder is dumped in yard or garden. It's crack for your tomatos...fantastic but expensive fertilzer. If primed case can be reused go for it. If not, punch the live primer (I'm sure hundreds of virtue signalers will be along to tell you how dangerous this is...whatever, makes them feel good). Unuseable brass goes into the brass recycle can. Every so often when that get's full, I swing by the recycle place and they give me enough money for a case of decent beer.
  6. Average Joe

    Average Joe Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Central Florida
    Take them apart and reuse the components
  7. kcofohio
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    kcofohio Contributing Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    NW Ohio
    This reminds me, I was given 30-40 rds. of 9x19. Headstamp says they're from 1942 and maybe produced in Australia. I don't feel froggy enough to shoot them. Pulled about 5 using a kinetic puller. They took over a dozen whacks to come out. I think I'll use pliers to get the rest out.
  8. lightman

    lightman Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    To pull bullets with pliers you put the cartridge in the press without a die and raise the ram until the bullet is above the press frame. Lay the pliers flat across the top of the press, grab the bluet and lower the ram, pulling the bullet. It the cartridge is not long enough to stick up past the press frame place a pipe coupling over the ram, raise the ram and grab the bullet when it sticks up through the pipe coupling.

    Either of these ways damage the bullet so I only do this when I'm planning to scrap the bullet. I'm a caster so the junk bullet gets remelted. But don't melt military tracers or incendiary type bullets! But you knew that!!! ;)

    Tracers are ignited by the burning powder and pose very few problems unless a heat source is involved. They are pretty safe to handle or to store.

    I've never considered re-using primers from salvaged ammo unless I was the one that loaded them and knew what the primer was. You can deprime cases with live primers if you go slow and easy. I would still wear safety glasses. I probably wouldn't try to remove primers that are crimped.
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