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Old 12-31-2009, 06:38 PM
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I have had a spate of .22lr ammo that has been failing to fire lately, i.e. denting the rim nicely, but still not going off...
I am on my own land- what is the correct thing to do with this dud ammo?
Is it still dangerous? (I treat is as it is anyway)

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Well when that happens to me I just dispose of it properly or bury it
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Well when that happens to me I just dispose of it properly or bury it
And what does this entail for you?
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A good method is to drop it into a post hole and fill it. No caliber is going to push out of that.
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No,no.no......when you have FTfire.....wait a few minutes( in case it fires, then S-L-O-W-L-Y, remove it and put it in a container that, if it goes off, it won't harm anyone...PERIOD!!.....then, after a few hours, it still doesn't go off, take it apart.
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Wait thirty seconds, and eject it from the chamber with the firearm away from your face and close to the ground, when it is out and on the ground drown it with water or take it apart.

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I have this old steel canister I toss mine in. It looks like one of those old fashioned milk carriers.

One thing you have to realize about setting off rounds outside of a gun is that the casing will be more harmful than the heaver bullet. In a gun the bullet is more dangerous because the all the energy is directed foreward. When lying on the ground or not in a gun, the casing will blow back and the bullet will move forward (not not as much as the casing). The energy is dissipated in all directions most of it going towards the areas of least resistance. So a steel canister should be more than enough to keep the bullets in.
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I throw mine in the pond after about a minute...some ammo is very slow, and I've had Czech ammo from the 50s go off unexpectedly after 15-20 secs more than once...so be careful.
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Some great advice here, thanks.
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with 22 just take a pair of needle noses grip the lead and bend the case until the lead comes out.
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Make note of the lot number . So you will not purchase it again.
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bucket of water ... as in put the bad ammo in it ... leave to soak for a week ... this is after the NSP's for bad non-firing ammo
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Wait for several minutes after attempting to fire the round, then eject it. Use a couple of pairs of plyers to pull the bullets, then dump the powder in the garden, bury the brass casings.
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take it to gunsmith have him check the ammo and your firin pin.
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Wait a bit... then put it in the rifle and fire it again, if it FTF twice it's a dud, dispose of it properly. I have .22LR do that 1 out of every 50 rds, no matter the brand or weapon. Some primers are harder than others and need another tap! The best way to dispose of live ammo is indeed to fire it!
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I've had numerous .22LR cartridges fail to fire on the first strike.
Usually the second strike succeeded to fire.
I clean up brass from the range I use and often find FTF .22LR in my gatherings that have a strike mark on teh rim. Depending on the condition of the cartridge, I cycle it through my .22LR firearms and they fire. If the cartridge condition is unacceptable; bent, squished, cracked, bullet damaged, I'll pull the bullet into my lead for later pile, pour the powder charge onto the lawn, crush the case and toss it into the brass recycling bucket.
Some times the priming compound poured into the LR case does not get completely into the rim and leaves air gaps. If the air gap is struck, there is an FTF, striking the rim again usually causes a firing.
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Here is an old Mythbusters episode that talks about what happens to rounds when they go off outside of a gun. They put it in an oven and made it hot enough to ignite the bulles. They did a .22 , .44, and a .50bmg round

So the most dangerous time for a "dud" round is while it is still in the gun. After that, it isn't that bad, but can still hurt. Unless of course it is a .50bmg LOL

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We had the problem several times today and I'm glad I read your responses. We had about 12 (twelve) reloads (45 ACP) fail to go off and we ejected them each time, and threw them down range (we were at inside range and the 45's were reloads they sold us). I told them about it and they surprisingly didn't have much to tell us except "sorry".

Next time I'll wait 30 seconds before ejecting.
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We had the problem several times today and I'm glad I read your responses. We had about 12 (twelve) reloads (45 ACP) fail to go off and we ejected them each time, and threw them down range (we were at inside range and the 45's were reloads they sold us). I told them about it and they surprisingly didn't have much to tell us except "sorry".

Next time I'll wait 30 seconds before ejecting.
Ouch NEVER shoot anyone else's reloads. I don't care if Jim Browning himself loaded them. You never know.
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bury the brass casings.
If you take the bullet apart and dispose of the powder and bullet save the casing. Save the other fired casing as well. Then once you save around 20 lbs clean them and take them to your recycling center to get you some extra money. You get more out of brass than you do aluminum.
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