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Old 10-23-2011, 09:55 AM   #1
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some of it can be up to 40 years old. Isn't old ammunition dangerous?
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #2
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some of it can be up to 40 years old. Isn't old ammunition dangerous?
US stuff? Shoot it up!!
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #3
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if it was stored properly, its plenty fine to shoot anytime. Heck shoot it now for the heck of it.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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Yeah it's dangerous. Just send it to me and I'll dispose of it for you.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:20 AM   #6
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I had some .38 ammo that the primers went bad, I took them to one of the gun shop in town they deposed of them for me no charge...

When you fired it, it would just fizzle, the shot would not even get out of the barrel.

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If it’s stored right it’s safe to shoot. Stored right basically means not under water and or not in an excessive humidity environment.

I have fired much ammo that is well past 60 years old.

FWIW older ammo especially military ammo COULD be corrosive. If so special gun cleaning procedures to be done!
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To whomever's downrange.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:27 AM   #9
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I had the crustiest old box of 38's a few years ago that was given to me. No doubt older than me. All went bang except one.
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take to fire department
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I have plenty of old NATO ball ammo that will fire fine.
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I have 2 cans of old black powder from when I use to reload. How do I get rid of that?
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start a fire,throw old ammo in fire, run!.........
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take to fire department
No, we do not want your garbage, we are here for fire and rescue. Use your head.

If you are really worried about it, buy a kinetic hammer for $10.00 from a gun store or walmart and deal with your own garbage. 100% safe.
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I think surplus WW2 30 06 ammo is still being sold.

If not is wasn't very long ago that it was available.
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WINNING!
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No, we do not want your garbage, we are here for fire and rescue. Use your head.
Put old ammunition in sack strapped to cat.

Put cat up in tree.

Call fire department for cat rescue.
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They don't use guns.
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Old ammo is not dangerous. Usually the primers become defective and the cartridges will not fire. Sometimes the smokeless powder begins to degrade but it doesn't become dangerous, you will experience variations in velocity. It is safe to shoot it.
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Decades ago I had a 8mm Mauser rifle, and so went to fire off some old import/foreign ammo.....

hang fire on one of the rounds, I set the rife down, actually, and it went off maybe 6 seconds after I pulled the trigger.....

another time I had my .44 Mag with a shot that didn't quite sound right, and my shooting buddy SHOUTED at me to NOT pull that trigger for the next round.....turns out the bullet was stuck in the barrel.....that would have blown up the gun.....

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