Ammo in the dryer!

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Rick1967, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    The other day my wife called me at work to tell me that she had washed my jacket. She said that she heard a clanging around in the laundry. When she checked she found my ammo wallet with 6 357 mag hollow points in it. She found them before going into the dryer. Anyone know for sure if an electric dryer does or doesn't have enough heat to set them off?

    I remember as a kid building a camp fire where we had seen empty shells on the ground. We didn't know any better. There were live ones under the dirt. It was a good 30 minutes berfore they started going off. They kept going for quite a while. Maybe 15 or 20 minutes before the stopped. The fire was still burning because we were too scared to put it out.
     
  2. MotorG20

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    I think a dryer very well could have set them off, what with the heat, and static electricity:eek:. I can tell you one thing, if it did go off, you wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to face your wife when you got home:D

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  3. IGETEVEN

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    You dryer gets hot, 160-180 degrees, but not hot enough to ignite it. Handguns left in vehicle goveboxes can reach a temperature of that of a dryer or above with rounds in them and they don't go off. Most people use static dryer sheets with their clothes these days to eliminate it, so that eliminates that theory.

    After being washed, most likely the powder would have been exposed to moisture. Main concern would be, if the primer was struck or hit just right while tumbling, it could ignite the primer.

    Jack
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't thought about the primer strike idea. My wife wouldn't be pissed. She took my jacket without asking. Just being a good woman. She's like that. I did think about the powder being wet. I disasembled them and reprimed and charged them.
     
  5. tom98915

    tom98915 New Member

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    Not too likely those rounds would go off...but why be a test case and on the wife's bad side?
     
  6. jcwit

    jcwit New Member

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    Would say it would be nothing to worry about, but, there's that funny 3 letter word, and weirder things have happened.
     
  7. Dzscubie

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    I have tumbled hundreds of rounds in the dryer (unintentionally) over the years and never had one go off in the dryer but that is not to say it could not happen. Being a firearms instructor and working the line I always end up with rounds in the pockets of my BDU’s. Sometimes I remember to take them out and sometimes I forget, sometimes Linda cleans out the pockets of my BDU’s and sometimes she doesn’t. In the end you hear this clacking in the dryer after a while and when you open the dryer you find a mess of 9mm or 40 tumbling around with the clothes. I put them in a box and shoot them later. Glasshartt can verify this.
     
  8. Glasshartt

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    Oh, they shoot just fine, besides, a wound made with clean ammo is less apt to get infected. They have never gone off in the dryer. Oh, by the way, it was HIS responsibility to empty his pockets, not mine. :p

    The ones that only went through the washer shot fine too.
     
  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    The people in this group are great. Lots of good info with out a bunch of BS. Thanks for not calling me an idiot for not being careful enough with my ammo.
     
  10. jcwit

    jcwit New Member

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    Well Rick, we all started at the begining.
     
  11. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Don't worry about it Rick, we all have been there and some of us more than once. :D
     
  12. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    When you have been reloading long enough, your lady will not even flinch when the vacuum sucks up a live primer. Well, not much, anyway.

    (Hint to youngsters- keep a small stash of emergency chocolate and small jewelry hidden for times like these. All else fails, you can eat the chocolate while pawning the jewelry for a bus ticket out of town)
     
  13. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    C3 you are a very smart man. :D
     
  14. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Loose rim fire rounds can potentially go off in the dryer. Centerfire ammo would be VERY unlikely. As you said the ammo was in an "ammo wallet"? Presumably the entire wallet would tumble around and dot go off. No the heat will not get high enough to cook off ammo unless you have let Tim Taylor mess with the thermostat.
     
  15. TheOldMan

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    ROFL.. Love it.
     
  16. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Gh that is funny.

    I have washed so many 22lr to 30-06 rounds it is not even funny. Hard to make things go boom really.
     
  17. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    TANGO!! welcome back bubba ...:D
     
  18. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    ive run live ammo throught the wash and drier cycles by accident many times. the dryer doesnt seem to generate enough heat to set them off. mileagae may vary. even if they did go off they would not have enough energy to exit the drier. dont do it on purpose but accidentally prolly a no harm no foul sort of thing.
     
  19. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    +1

    has happened a few times with my wife she wont go in my loading room with avaccuum now makes me do it :/
     
  20. c3shooter

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    Jon- a REAL man uses a leaf blower! :p