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Polygon 06-21-2012 05:41 AM

Outdoor Shooting, Preventing Fire
 
So, I'm planning on doing some shooting towards the end of July with my family on vacation. We'll be shooting on BLM land. Now, there have been quite a few fires here in Utah lately caused by target shooting. Some were just freak accidents. Some were sheer stupidity. Either way, I'd like to avoid that and I would appreciate any suggestions.

We aren't going to be shooting at any exploding targets, obviously. We aren't going to be shooting at anything metal. We're going to try and find an area without any vegetation, or very little. I'm also going to get a fire extinguisher. What do you think of this one? And should I get more than one?

http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-FA110-Purpose-Extinguisher-1A10BC/dp/B00002ND64/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3Y MVF&coliid=I32PO01Y2RRT36

Does anyone have any other tips to ensure a fire free outing?

RufusTFirefly 06-21-2012 05:50 AM

You might also bring along a shovel and rake- and be cognizant of the wind!

Rufus

pagj17 06-21-2012 08:06 AM

Polygon, I think you'll want a larger(10-25 pounder) if you think there is a possibility of needing it. My house has 4 of the 5 pounders, i think the basic rule of thumb is a second of spray per pound. A shovel and pick-axe will do you best though.

RufusTFirefly 06-24-2012 01:23 AM

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Longrange 06-24-2012 01:38 AM

Make sure you leave the tracer rounds at home :)

Polygon 06-24-2012 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by RufusTFirefly (Post 844085)
You might also bring along a shovel and rake- and be cognizant of the wind!

Rufus

Good idea! I didn't think of that. :)

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Originally Posted by pagj17 (Post 844115)
Polygon, I think you'll want a larger(10-25 pounder) if you think there is a possibility of needing it. My house has 4 of the 5 pounders, i think the basic rule of thumb is a second of spray per pound. A shovel and pick-axe will do you best though.

So, you would get this one instead?

http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-466204-Fire-Extinguisher-Rated/dp/B0017TE8BK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3Y MVF&coliid=I37MJMDMF9NBF5

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Originally Posted by Longrange (Post 846993)
Make sure you leave the tracer rounds at home :)

LOL!

You know, now that you mention I hadn't thought of that either. I wonder how many people that have started these damn fires around here are using those. Twenty supposed, target shooting, fires in a month. Something's amiss.

pagj17 06-24-2012 03:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Polygon

Good idea! I didn't think of that. :)

So, you would get this one instead?

[URL="http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-466204-Fire-Extinguisher-Rated/dp/B0017TE8BK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3Y MVF&coliid=I37MJMDMF9NBF5"]http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-466204-Fire-Extinguisher-Rated/dp/B0017TE8BK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3Y MVF&coliid=I37MJMDMF9NBF5[

That's similar to what I have. Looks good man!

hiwall 06-24-2012 03:27 AM

I don't know what you will be shooting but see if a magnet will stick to the bullet of your ammo. If it does shoot different ammo that is not steel jacketed. Bullet color does not indicate what it is made out of - use a magnet. I fail to see how a lead/copper bullet can start a fire except by an unlikely series of circumstances.

pagj17 06-24-2012 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by hiwall
I don't know what you will be shooting but see if a magnet will stick to the bullet of your ammo. If it does shoot different ammo that is not steel jacketed. Bullet color does not indicate what it is made out of - use a magnet. I fail to see how a lead/copper bullet can start a fire except by an unlikely series of circumstances.

Murphy, man:p

Polygon 06-24-2012 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by hiwall (Post 847153)
I don't know what you will be shooting but see if a magnet will stick to the bullet of your ammo. If it does shoot different ammo that is not steel jacketed. Bullet color does not indicate what it is made out of - use a magnet. I fail to see how a lead/copper bullet can start a fire except by an unlikely series of circumstances.

Both lead and copper can spark upon impact. Then again, perhaps it's not a spark so much as hot fragments of copper/lead and or the medium you're shooting at like metal or even perhaps rocks.

I've hit rocks with copper jacketed ammunition and lead and I've seen what could be interpreted as sparks.


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