You put then in a thick steel box, and run the box through a furnace. It
cooks off all the rounds harmlessly. Not worth it unless you have a lot
of them, enough so a scrap company will pay for the residue.
I should have added -- I have small children around.
I thought about trying to pull the bullet out.. but there seems to be some
risk that it goes off.
Tossing them in the trash seems to be the way to transfer the problem, but
not solve it.
I'd like to neutralize any risk of it ever going off.
Sounds like PD or gun shop.
How many duds do you get? I have gone through many thousand 22 shots and
can scarcely even remember having a dud. Maybe the ammo is really old or
contaminated with oil? Or maybe a problem with your gun, weak spring or
Pulling 22 bullets out is easy you can almost do it without tools. I
hold the cartridge in my hand and grab the lead with pliers or vise
grips. Don't try to pull straight out but rather bend the lead out over
the side of the casing. It's all in the wrist action....
I don't think you could ever set one off like that but even if you did,
it's not particularly dangerous. Most of the powder doesn't even ignite
unless it's contained the the barrel of a gun. You might want to wear
safety glasses or goggles.
Even in a fire 22's don't do much, the lead doesn't move much, the hot
brass casings do fly around.
You can soak the casing in WD40 or any oil to deactivate the primer and
gun powder. I think that soaking will even work to deactivate before
pulling the bullet. Most of the reason to pull the bullet is to prevent
someone else from finding them and trying to fire them again or people
I wouldn't bother the police or gun shop.
Even if it goes off there is no danger. Unless it is confined in a
gun barrel the most that happens is the case splits, may move a few
inches, but the bullet just lays there.
I went through many boxes of 22's back when I was a kid and never had
a misfire except for in one gun with a weak firing pin. Sometimes had
to try to fire it 2 or 3 times before it would go off (or shift it to
It's a .22, not a 50-cal round. Without the tightly-fitting long tube
from the gun, it's practically harmless even if it does go off.
Besides, the bullet will practically fall out of the casing. You take
two pairs of pliers, grab the casing lightly with one, grab the bullet
lightly with the other, give a little wiggle, and the round is
What problem? A Hefty bag can contain the "blast" from an unchambered .
22 cartridge should it go off.
Learn what makes a gun work.
I pull the bullet out. Discard bullet. Pour gunpowder into a pile. Burn
powder - just hold a match to it, it burns fairly quickly. Don't burn too
big of a pile at once. And don't even think of having an open can of
gunpower or anything else flammable anywhere remotely close. I used to take
the empty shells and hold them in a pair of pliers and hold them over a
candle. They pop after a few seconds, but not that loud - the primer burns
very fast, fast enough to make a popping noise - but there isn't very much
of it (don't try this at home, kids - you can blow a finger off or worse if
you are not very very carefull).
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