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Powder disposal

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

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  1. Certaindeaf

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    Oh that's the good stuff. I ran over my Dad when I was 3. I was three so sue me!
     
  2. witchhunter

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    That ashtray story is classic! One time when I was a kid... never mind, I can't get rid of that visual.
     
  3. BeerSleeper

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    The black powder is probably what made the ashtray scary.

    I have burned a pile of smokeless the size of a golf ball, and found it not that exciting. I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but it was shotgun powder (a spill that got swept up).
     
  4. soloban

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    Anyone else read this in Morgan Freeman's voice? Haha
     
  5. Trent

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    Oh man RC you just made my day with that story. :)
     
  6. bobinoregon

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    70 grains isnt hardly enough to play with, get an empty container and mark it as mixed powder. When it's full come back and then ask for suggestions for fun ways to get rid of it. Or you can always just open the window and toss it out, nobody will ever notice.
     
  7. boommer

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    I guess I'm the last good ol boy in the net that would knows how to have fun with mixed and pulled powder. My GOD!! Lets blow something up!!! THROW A LITTLE BP IN TOO!!
     
  8. Trent

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    From the annals of my ill-spent youth..

    Using the truck as a barrier to protect one's body sounded like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately it turns out trucks leak too. Finding this out when you are 60 miles away from civilization in the middle of nowhere.. makes on inventive. Of note, tree sap and bark wedges can make an field expedient way to patch a freshly-leaking radiator.

    ... I'll fill in the rest in my memoirs. There's bound to be a whole chapter devoted to oxy-acetylene.

    ;)
     
  9. FROGO207

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    YEAH Oxy-Acelytene is FUN.:D You could make a pizza and put the powder on that as a seasoning. Then you have an excuse for shooting your mouth off.:D Ta-da.:evil:
    Seriously the flush it down or use it for fertilizer is the best/safest of the answers so far IMHO.
     
  10. JLDickmon

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    shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... shut up, John... :evil:
     
  11. MtnCreek

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    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it…) kids today can’t do the same kind of things most of us grew up doing. Mischievous acts that would have gotten me a switching and a talking to back then could have very bad and long lasting impacts on the kids of today. Strange that all the ‘bad’ things we did back when, but it seemed there was a lot less bad in the world…
     
  12. jinxer3006

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    Between rc's story and the "shut up john" remark, this has to be one of the funniest threads I've ever read.

    By the way, I have an old powder container (with the label removed) that I dump all of my misc powder in (spills, pull-downs from unknown sources, etc). When it gets full it will get to meet Mr. Fuse and Mr. Match.
     
  13. gfanikf

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    I do like the idea of doing a burn test...but for legal and real estate reason I'll have to go with the flush option.
     
  14. mdi

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    Are you telling me that if you dump even a pound of powder in the toilet and flush it, that there's a possibility of an explosion?????
     
  15. Trent

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    No... I think I said I dumped it in the driveway and lit it on fire... :)

    Now, pour a little water in to a 50 pound keg of powder, cover it, and sooner or later it'll spontaneously combust.

    THIS is the part of your post I was responding to:

    "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"

    If you light a pound or two of gunpowder on fire in the driveway, even SLOW powder, you simply can't get the hell out of the way fast enough.

    It don't burn slow in big piles. It burns FAST - damn fast.
     
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  16. 45_auto

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    I regularly burn several pounds at a time of unknown powder from handloads that other people give me. It always looks like this youtube video (powder burn starts at just after 40 seconds). It takes at least several seconds for the flame to propagate through the pile of powder.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRSPL2ufSck

    As a sidenote, it amazes me how BAD (crooked bullets, seated to different depths, nasty crimps, no crimps, etc) many people's handloads look!
     
  17. Trent

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    When I lost most of my arm hair, eyebrows, eye lashes, and bangs, I had poured between 2-3 pounds of H1000 in a pile and made a short shallow "trail" about 4" long, 1" wide and 1/2" wide leading to it.

    I had time to start turning my head.. that was about it.

    Keep in mind I was burning very old powder that had "turned" and was smelling very acidic, I can assume that the majority of the deterrent coating was gone.

    It sure was interesting, and got some laughs out of the visitors I had over that 4th of July. :)

    "WHERES THE HOSE WHERES THE HOSE DAMNIT MY SHIRT IS ON FIRE WHERES THE HOSE!"

    The old "stop drop and roll" trick worked out OK. :)

    THEN they hosed me down.
     
  18. Teachu2

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    I had several pounds of powder on my reloading bench in my apartment's living room when the complex burned. Firemen said it was pretty hot for a few seconds, and they backed off as the rounds cooked off - but were in no real danger. The Captain thanked me for not storing it in a safe....
     
  19. Trent

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    Yeah I used to have a hell of a fear of how much ammo I have in the basement, and fire, until I saw that firefighter video from SAAMI posted up here. Now... meh. At least I know they won't be picking up pieces of my house a half mile away when it's all said and done. :)

    (When we did fire drills I used to tell my kids "get out and KEEP GOING".. now, I just say "walk across the street and count each other..")
     
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