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Old 06-09-2010, 01:40 AM   #21
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Powder burns- (deflagrates) it does not detonate. Unlikely that burning powder will produce any fragmentation of the cartridge case. That's why we use high explosives in grenades, not Bullseye or 2400. Have been a professional powder monkey for over 40 years (and have avoiding getting my St. Barbara's medal bent)
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #22
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"Powder burns- (deflagrates) it does not detonate."

Correct. Not only does powder burn rather than detonate, it burns fairly slowly when unconfined. In the examples of a thrown cartridge or in a fire, the initial pressure will quickly push both the primer and bullet out and the internal pressure will immediately drop to nearly zero. Nearly zero pressure produces nearly zero bullet velocity and few - if any - case fragments.

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Originally Posted by WILDCATT View Post
this question has me puzzled. and did any one catch it no! nothing will happen unless it bonces back.he said bullet not cartridge.
Ahhh, but the case will fly faster and farther than the bullet will.
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If the case and bullet even separate at all. I have seen many rounds recovered from vehicle fires. Most of the time, the primer pops out leaving the bullet in the case.
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Ok when we were all young and stupid and drank more than we should have I have seen a person drop a handfull of .22 ammunition into a campfire, and when they started popping lots of big strong guys jumped and ran wetting their pants. And with the exception of the hurt pride nobody suffered any kind of damage, if you don't count the wet pants. No injuries to anyone standing close to the fire. So I have to say from experience that likely no damage would come from that other than to have your peers think you nuts and refuse to spend any time with you.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:52 PM   #26
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If I recall correctly I saw a film clip about 40 years ago where high powered rifle rounds were put in a frying pan and heated until they went off. The result was split cases and no shrapnel.
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