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What to do with split, corroded 12-ga shells?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by unclecharlie, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. unclecharlie

    unclecharlie

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    Not sure this is the right forum, but it's not a "tactical" shotgun, so....

    I was cleaning up some of my father-in-law's stuff (he passed about a year ago), and I found a bunch of old, unfired shotgun shells. Mostly #7 and #8 birdshot. Some of the shells are split and bulging with the shot visible, some of the brass and primers are pretty badly corroded. Some are both. (Some are fine, and I'm keeping them!)

    What's the best way to get rid of them? Not going to try to fire them- I don't want the split, bulging ones to get jammed in the chamber.

    Thanks,
    -Charlie
     
  2. unclecharlie

    unclecharlie

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    And I'm not going to just toss them or leave them lying around. Seems like an accident waiting to happen.
     

  3. GlockPride

    GlockPride Glock 23

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    Pull the shot load out and throw them all away?
     
  4. CAcop

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    At our PD we will take all kinds of guns and ammo people don't want. That ammo would just get tossed in the furnace of a local cement plant. Check with your local LE.
     
  5. hikerpaddler

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    I'd say shoot them and blame the unsupported cylinder of the gun when they malfunction, as some folks do this with glocks and substandard ammo, but you've already said you won't shoot them. I'd bury them if you're worried about a snafu down at the solid waste processing facility.
     
  6. DoubleWide

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    The police is probably the safest option.

    Depending on the shape of the shells, I'd dump the pellet out and just fire them, or take them apart and burn the powder and "fire" the primers. It is much easier if you have a single shot or double barrel and have issues. Remember the wads can still do damage at close range.
     
  7. bob_fuller

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    when i screw up reloads bad enough that i can' take them apart and/or fix them, i soak them in a jar of water for a few days and then bury them. that should make them pretty harmless.
     
  8. arnoldstrong

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    Back in the day I know I was taught to soak old rounds to make them inoperable. I would think if you soak them and disassemble them you've covered all bases...
     
  9. OVERTHEHILLGUY

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  10. unclecharlie

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    you really want pics of old shotgun shells?

    Soak and disassemble it is. Thanks, fellas.
     
  11. OVERTHEHILLGUY

    OVERTHEHILLGUY

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    no, not realy. Just wanted to see the pictures are worthless guys.

    overthehillguy
     
  12. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    pull the shot out and toss the rest in a burning barrel.

    BTDT.
     
  13. Caver 60

    Caver 60

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    Pull (cut off) the shot and sprinkle the powder on your lawn. It's good fertilizer. I'm serious it's fertilizer.

    The primers can be soaked in penetrating oil or popped in a single or double barreled shotgun.
     
  14. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

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    Cut them, soak them in oil for a week, throw them out.