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poper 07-04-2013 05:57 AM

Shotgun Ammo life span?
Hey guys, I've searched online but cumming up abit short. My question is if you took a shotgun shell. And buried it say 4-6 inches deep. How long would it take for the rond to rust away (obviously. Not the plastic part or the lead) or how long would it take Untill the bullet is no longer "live". Will the gun powder become useless? Will it become super volatile ? Etc..

poper 07-04-2013 05:58 AM

Sorry posted before I could thank you guys in advance for your responses.

CHLChris 07-04-2013 06:05 AM

Bury it in dry Nevada or Arizona and the time would probably be a lot longer than any of us would guess. Bury it in Oregon during any month but August and you might be able count the time in hours.

There's no answer to your question. A very random question, it is. Is there any background to help us understand?

poper 07-04-2013 06:40 AM

When I was a kid I found a 12g cartridge and not knowing what to do to dispose of it I figured best thing to do is bury it(kid logic at its finest). The climate is very cold wet winter and very humid summers. It was like 15-20 years ago. Never shot a round that wasn't in my gun but got my wondering could that shell still be dangerous? Would the gun powder become useless? Would the steel have rusted away? I know my other ammo if left out gets surface rust on it. I guess my real question is could a kid be digging in the garden and potentially be in harms way.

c3shooter 07-04-2013 10:43 AM

First, not likely to be "in harm's way" if the shell was buried and hour ago.

Too many variables to give a set answer- pH of the soil, moisture, etc. Become super volatile? No. The primer is the key- when moisture gets to the priming compound, it dies (ever try to strike a wet match?)

hq357 07-04-2013 02:19 PM

Why not put it in a ziploc bag and burry it? Possibly i would think its still live. theres burried mines in vietnam that are still blowing people up today from the war about 45 years ago so i would say yes

Nicky308 07-05-2013 03:22 AM

Im pretty confident you dont have to be worried. If it was 15yrs ago, it might still be live but the chances of someone diging in that spot and striking the primer is very low i would think.

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