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Serious Question

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by TDS-US, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. TDS-US


    Sep 17, 2006
    TDS (Tactical Defense Solutions - site sponsor) recently had a fairly serious fire. The actual fire was contained to the office and showroom area which was a total loss. The warehouse area where ammo and such was kept received no damage at all.
    Now that the smoke has cleared there is the ungodly smell of burned wood everywhere. The cleanup crews are convinced that customers will complain about boxes of ammo that may possibly have a "woodsey" smell.

    Personally none of us can smell it on the boxes and personally cant see what it matters as all of them were in a detached warehouse and untouched by heat, flame or crud smoke.
    The cleanup crews want to "ozone" the boxes/cases. Were hesitant as were unsure what if any affect the process will have.

    All that said - I ask you, does the faint odor on a box of HST matter?
    Does anyone know what affect ozone has on ammunition?
  2. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I think you are fine. Offer full disclosure about the smoke smell and be prepared to give coupons or discounts to anyone who complains.

  3. Catswold

    Catswold God rules all!

    Apr 23, 2009

  4. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

    May 1, 2007
    Loxahatchee Fl
    I wouldn't care, just let people know so they don't have to ask. My ammo gets plenty smoky when I have bonfires here at home and my G19 is on my side.
  5. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    Apr 25, 2009
    SE Colorado
    You might be used to the smell now that you've been around it, so you wouldn't smell it unless it's decently strong.

    I'd buy it as long as it shoots. I don't know anything about how ozone would affect the ammo.
  6. arizona_andy

    arizona_andy Caliber Realist

    Jul 14, 2007
    I agree.. you'll be fine.
  7. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    Sorry to hear about the fire.

    My thought is that if the smoke smell on the boxes become too much of a problem, maybe repackage the ammo in plain boxes and describe it as repackaged ammo and state the reason up front.
  8. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

    Jan 1, 2010
    A cat box in WA
    Sorry to hear about the fire
    Hickory,Applewood or Alder:whistling:---------------sorry
  9. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    Ozone shouldn't have any effect on the quality of the ammo. Just don't sit there in the room breathing concentrated ozone.
  10. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    I would not care one bit if the ammo smelled like wood smoke. I am actually fond of that order myself. :embarassed:

    I would still buy it as long as it shoots like it is supposed to. Maybe if you would not take too much of a loss of the product, mark it down a little in price and put a disclaimer somewhere everybody can see before making a purchase as to the reason why.

    I am also sorry to hear this happened in the first place. I hope you get everything back up and running quickly and safely! :wavey:
  11. JustShoot-IT

    JustShoot-IT GrudgingGlocker

    Agree, it's too bad about your fire. I'm sure what did get damaged is causing you folks a lot of headaches w/o the added "what about ...?
    IMHO a discount with a disclosure statement would save a lot of hassle. But, I also like the smell of wood smoke - maybe you should raise the price and advertise it as SSA "specially seasoned ammo"!:whistling:
  12. To me, repackaged ammo would look more suspicious ("if you had to repackage it, how badly was the original box burnt?"). An intact original box with original plastic/styrofoam tray would indicate that the ammo was not subjected to extreme heat of the fire.
  13. JohnnyReb

    JohnnyReb Lifetime Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    I agree. So long as there were no obvious problems on the box, that would indicate that the ammunition was subjected the fire, I would buy without hesitation. No problems.
  14. das9mm26


    Oct 27, 2009
    John, et al.....
    Very sorry to hear of the fire ......Glad it wasn't worse, but NO fire's a "good" one when it's YOURS.....:crying:
    AFA the smell on the boxes....I really wouldn't be long as there's no physical damage to the packaging or its contents...smell should NOT be an issue (OK....the musty smell that Tylenol recalled over WAS an INTERNAL chemical issue...and the product was a consumable....).
    Good Luck! I'm still planning on getting down to Dover....when I'm done shoveling snow!!!!:whistling:
  15. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    sorry to hear about the fire. the smokey smell wouldn't bother me as long as its disclosed. good luck!
  16. jimbojoker


    Nov 12, 2007
    Don't use ozone.

    Ozone will have an effect on ammo. The O3 will oxidize the crap out of brass and lead. Probably won’t be that bad, but depends on the O3 concentration and dwell time. O3 reduces odor by breaking down (oxidizing) odor causing agents in the soot. It will oxidize pretty much anything that it comes in contact with including lead and brass.
  17. TDS-US


    Sep 17, 2006
    Thats pretty much what I thought. Thanks for the confirmation. Right now we're all of the opinion there isnt enough odor to worry about.

    Damn near cried tonight when I sent out a truckload of pistols and AR's all perfectly new if it wasn't for the tar like crud on them :crying:
  18. napp32


    Dec 19, 2009
    Coincidentally, I just received 2 boxes of Federal .40 cal HST from TDS yesterday. I'm not sure if it was shipped before the fire or not; but I gave it the sniff test when I read this smoke odor whatsoever.

    Sorry to hear about the fire, guys. Hope you get everything back to normal soon. Thanks for the fast shipping on the aforementioned ammo.