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

  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Member

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

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

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    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

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

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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.

    rc
     
  6. gfanikf

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    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

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

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    Emmmm?

    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:

    rc
     
  10. Reefinmike

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    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

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    Home made firecrackers.... ;)
     
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    I think you need a special license to dispose of sixty whole grains of smokeless powder.. poetic license!
     
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    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

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    Feh, it's OK unless you're smoking cigars.
     
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    Is there any green space around the apartment building/complex? Just dump it there and let the grass enjoy it!
     
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    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 :)
     
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    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.
     
  21. BeerSleeper

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    Pour it in a pile on a piece of cardboard, and light it with a match. It will not go BOOM. It will go poof. It will not even catch the cardboard on fire, it will just leave a brown stain where it used to be. You can even see the outline of the individual grains in the stain left behind.
     
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    This would be my suggestion. Anytime I pulldown a round that I can't verify the powder, it goes into a jug marked as "Unknown Pulldown." Eventually you should be somewhere in which you can dump the whole thing and not have to worry about it.
     
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    I put a little (5-10gr) in my friend's ashtray. Using a BBQ lighter for safety, it just flares up about 6" in height. It'll set off the CO2 detector so turn the fan on first.
     
  24. rcmodel

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    That right there brought back a Bad Memory from my mis-spent childhood.

    At the advance cartridge collector age of 8 or 9, I spent most of an hour after school setting in my dads easy chair.
    Pulling all the bullets out of my meager cartridge collection with a pair of pliers.
    Stuff like .45 Colt, 25-20 WCF, 38-40 WCF, and 45-70 loads I had scrounged up here and there.
    And dumping all the black & smokeless powder in my dads big ashtray.

    Unfortunately, I forgot to dump it out before dad came in from feeding cattle and setting down to watch the evening news.

    Yep!
    You guessed it!

    He went to put out his Camel in his ashtray.
    And it went all down hill from there.
    For him, and me!!

    He recovered nicely after growing new skin and hair on his hand.
    And I was able to set down again after only a few days.

    Also unfortunately, mom never was quite the same toward my harmless cartridge collection interest.
    After I burnt dads hand all crispy, almost set her living room rug on fire, and stunk up the house for days with BP smoke and burning skin & hair!

    It was real tense there at home for a while I tell Ya! :D

    My advice is, Don't Do That with the ashtray thing!!
    It ain't funny at all, if you use enough powder!

    rc
     
  25. BeerSleeper

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    What does it do if your friend drops ash on it? :what:
     

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