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Burning shotgun shells?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bisi, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    My Mom spends the winter in FL so I stop by and check her house every now and then. Well I was snooping in the basement and came across a peach basket of my Dad's old shells. They are paper Winchesters that he probably reloaded in the mid 60s. Just thinking about how to dispose of em. Normally I would just shoot Dad's found reloads through my 870 Super Mag duck gun. (I figure no way can a 2-3/4 shell blow it up) LOL But these being paper I imagine some will break off in the chamber.

    Well anyway I'm going to try and burn some brush in my backyard this weekend, just wondering if you can see any problem with just throwing these reloads in the fire?



    I figure they might fizz and the primers pop, but other than that?
     
  2. GW22

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    One slice with a utility knife to salvage the lead, then burn away.

    Or just drive down a country road and whip them into the weeds one at a time like a Good American, LOL.

    -Gary
     
  3. bigbore613

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    light tackle. Jeff
     
  4. grntitan

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    To not salvage the shot is a sin in the shooting world.

    P. S. if you are gonna listen to GW22 and chuck 'em along the road, do it by my house.
     
  5. Bisi

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    Yeah, I thought about taking the lead.
     
  6. rwtii

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    Save the lead, open the shell with a utility knife, drain the powder and put the rest in the trash. Or drain the powder and shot and fire the primers in your gun, then discard.
     
  7. Trapshooter

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    Paper winchesters. Sweet
     
  8. Bruce Em

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    shoot them and see?

    Shame to waste them
     
  9. ohiomike

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    I can tell you as a fact that the primers will leave the hull with enough force to deeply dent a 55 gallon steel drum (from the inside out), probably more than enough force to embed in flesh and certainly enough to take out an eye.
     
  10. hmb

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    If they were mine I'd shoot them up. Were they stored in a dry place? Do they look good? HMB
     
  11. cubancigar2000

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    shoot em or cut them up with the UNLOADER
     
  12. Sprinklerman

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    not a good idea to burn then. we did this 1 time using a metal 5 gallon pail. primers went flying every place.
     
  13. hmb

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    I think they would be perfect to use in the next ATA registered shoot. HMB
     
  14. gdbabin

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    I like the idea of burning them--sounds like great red neck fun on a full-moon, Jack Daniels infused August eve around a bonfire.


    Back in the day my buddy's dad had a small cabin back in the woods on the bank of a small river. We'd party there during the summer breaks from high school.


    One of our favorite activities once we were all very "happy" was to turn off all sources of light and have a bottle rocket fight within. What great fun! More luck than sense that nobody ever got hurt "that" badly.


    Maybe herein lies the crux of the seeming downward spiral of our society--we're too damned worried about safety to have some good old-fashioned fun.


    I'd keep a box full though as a nostalgic reminder of Pop.



    Guy Babin
     
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