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    How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Linda and I are doing some spring cleaning. I found some .38 cal ammunition that I bought in 1968. How does one safely dispose of old, unused ammo?

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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    I would call your local police department. Odds are that they will happily come collect it for you, and use it for some bomb squad training program.

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    Jon posted what I was thinking. I would be happy to take care of the gun you probably also discovered during your cleaning. Just slip it into your suit jacket the next time you fly to Boston.

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    Did you get rid of the gun? And if not do you still plan on using it? I bet if that ammo hasn't seen any water it is still good. Could also sell it. There are people that would buy that age of rounds for cheap if you just want to get some cash out of the deal. I have yet to find anything that says older ammo is unsafe. According to one gun forum you can still find ammo from WW2 out there that people are buying and using.
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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave McClung View Post
    Linda and I are doing some spring cleaning. I found some .38 cal ammunition that I bought in 1968. How does one safely dispose of old, unused ammo?

    Thanks.
    Use it on the mushrooms you're not sure about.

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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Burton View Post
    Did you get rid of the gun? And if not do you still plan on using it? I bet if that ammo hasn't seen any water it is still good. Could also sell it. There are people that would buy that age of rounds for cheap if you just want to get some cash out of the deal. I have yet to find anything that says older ammo is unsafe. According to one gun forum you can still find ammo from WW2 out there that people are buying and using.
    I still have the pistol. It is a knock-off of the service revolver I carried in Vietnam. I also have some ammo that was purchased more recently. If I ever need to use the pistol for defending my family, I don't want it to be filled with 43 year old ammo.

    I guess I could take some target practice, but then I would have to clean the gun.
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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave McClung View Post
    I still have the pistol. It is a knock-off of the service revolver I carried in Vietnam. I also have some ammo that was purchased more recently. If I ever need to use the pistol for defending my family, I don't want it to be filled with 43 year old ammo.

    I guess I could take some target practice, but then I would have to clean the gun.
    Buy a Glock, then you can treat it like you treat your lawnmower.

    This guy has gone 15,000 rounds without cleaning it, dumped it in sand, salt water, dropped from an airplane, shot it with another gun...
    http://www.theprepared.com/index.php...ask=view&id=90

    But, in answer to your question in the original post, I don't know.
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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    A few years ago I found some old 30-06 ammunition in a parking lot near where I lived. I picked it up so kids wouldn't find it and be tempted to beat it with a hammer or throw it into a fire. I didn't have a weapon to fire it so I had no use for it. At the time, my next door neighbor was a GA State police officer, I asked her what I should do with it, her agency had a place that accepted unspent ammunition and had a safe means of disposing of it, so I gave it to her.
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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Hamlin View Post
    Buy a Glock, then you can treat it like you treat your lawnmower.

    This guy has gone 15,000 rounds without cleaning it, dumped it in sand, salt water, dropped from an airplane, shot it with another gun...
    http://www.theprepared.com/index.php...ask=view&id=90

    But, in answer to your question in the original post, I don't know.
    And that's why U.S. Special Forces tend to cary Glocks rather than the standard issue Beretta.

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    Re: How does one safely dispose of old ammo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Hamlin View Post
    Buy a Glock, then you can treat it like you treat your lawnmower.

    This guy has gone 15,000 rounds without cleaning it, dumped it in sand, salt water, dropped from an airplane, shot it with another gun...
    http://www.theprepared.com/index.php...ask=view&id=90

    But, in answer to your question in the original post, I don't know.
    You can to that with an AK-47 as well. You can also run an AK-47 over with a Hummer and it will still fire. You should get the special 200 dollar license and buy the full auto Glock 18
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