Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Legionnaire, Apr 17, 2022.
Yeah, OK, I struck out that remark.
that how I think
Or - and do this at your own risk - pop them in the oven at the lowest temp possible for a while. A quick Google search gives me varying figures, but the lowest temp I found that smokeless ignites at is 320F(160C). Realistically a few popping off would cause essentially no damage, so I personally wouldn't be too concerned with trying it if all else fails. Rounds exploding outside of chambers have next to no damage potential, relatively speaking.
I have no idea what it would do to the powder.
Here's an oft-cited video by NSSF that shows how ammo reacts to the extreme heat of fire, far less than you'd find in a home oven.
Honestly, though, I'd just stick them back on a shelf for another couple decades and then try selling them to some collector. Or toss them. Even at today's inflated prices if an easy method to make them shootable doesn't work, it's not worth dealing with.
I wouldn't use a tumbler. Especially a vibratory one. It could break up and dislodge the priming mixture from the rim really causing a misfire problem.
WOW! you put live .22 in a pot and turn on the fire??? lol
Even if one did pop off in the tumbler I doubt it would be catastrophic. I have been in the room when a 30mm round went off on the bench. It just went phoomp and the case spun around a bit.
Having said that I take no responsibility for your decisions.
.22 are relatively harmless when not in a chamber.
when we were kids in the 80’s we would find .22 in the woods and throw them in our camp fire and RUN! Back then, we were tough! I would go crazy if my boys did what we did!
You never know when the next world-ending event will come along and make any ammunition a valuable trade commodity.
23 years ago, I bought a brick of some junk Russian .22 ammo in preparation for Y2K. The stuff was pure garbage. Half of the ones I tried were junk and would just fizzle. Others would go off and not have enough power to clear the barrel of a Ruger .22/45. A few of them would work ok.
I stuck them in a box - along with the 2# package of pipe tobacco I bought for Y2K.
I dragged that box out again in 2012 and again in March of 2020.
I had seen some forum posts from people who claimed they'd tumbled loaded centerfire ammo to shine it up. I had an old tumbler I wasn't using any more, so I threw a couple boxes of the crusty .22 in, set it out in the yard, and plugged it in. No explosions...
Since the cartridges were heavily waxed, they came out looking like little fuzzy caterpillars from the dust from the tumbling media. It wiped off readily with a paper towel, so it kept me occupied for a few hours while I watched Youtube videos.
If there's a good method to de-wax the ammo before tumbling without contaminating the powder, it would make things a lot simpler.
Been shooting em in my single six. No leading of the barrel. Just fun.
That is what I was thinking. I was at the range yesterday and had one round that would not fire, even though I tired about 6 times. It has a perfectly formed strike, dead center in the primer, but nothing. So I assume, clamp the case in the vice and take a pliers to the bullet and twist and pull? Also don't stand in line with it or have it pointing at anything valuable, and wear safety glasses and gloves, eh?
EDIT: Whoops, this is a 22 ammo thread, so a primer is not relevant, but the ammo disposal is.
Off topic, but how did that pipe tobacco do being stored for so long? Did you store it in any special way? There's a place a few hours away that sells some stuff I like and I can't find it anywhere else, it'd be nice to stock up when I'm there next.
Oh no, sorry- clamp the bullet and just twist and pull the case over. Rimfires come apart very easy, as do most centerfire rifle cartridges. Revolver rounds often need extra "persuasion."
I just left it in the bulk plastic bag it came in. I never opened it to try it since I had given up smoking a pipe.
I still smoked cigarettes though & knew how desperate a smoker could get and how they would pay dearly for a fix.
Did it seem like it was in good shape? Smelled good with no mold?
I have hence always thought of them as thunderturds
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