a bit off topic...
What should I do with those "dud" 22 long rifle cartridges/bullets that do
not fire? I usually try to fire them a 2nd or 3rd time, but sometimes they
don't fire. So I have this cartridge with bullet intact with 2 or 3 dents
in the rim that I hate to just toss out in the pasture.
When I was a kid many years ago, we would stick 22 shells in the mud
by stock tanks. Back off a ways and shoot them with BB guns. The cases
would go singing. I don't know if they split. I never found one.
Perhaps in an open fire they just lay there but with a half inch of
mud acting as a barrel, they go flying.
You can use a "bullet puller." It's a simple device used by [reloaders.]
It consists of a hammer that at one end has a compression fitting where you
insert the bullet. By 'hammering' the tool, the bullet is separated from
it's casing without firing, thus rendering the bullet harmless.
Don't use an inertia bullet puller with rimfire cartridges. It could set
them off. (works great with centerfire)
I use two pairs of diagonal-cutter pliers to pull the bullets out of .22
duds to melt them down later.
I pull the bullet off the cartridge (with pliers), toss the powder on
the front lawn and fill the casing with oil. The powder will fertilize
the lawn and the oil will deactivate the primer. I guess the powder
could ignite when you do this, but it has never happened to me. YMMV
EJ in NJ
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