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What is the best way to dispose of old ammo? I recently ran across several old shotgun shells, never been fired, that have been sitting in a barn for several years and are showing some rust. I don't want to damage a gun by firing them and it doesn't seem right to just toss them in the trash. Any suggestions?

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I wouldn't just toss them into the trash can. Might could cut the plastic and just disassemble the shells then throw the contents away but I don't know anything other than that.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

like the above post. i might ad, if you get caught throwing live ammo in a trash can, you may go to prison. pretty sure it's illegal anywhere.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Call your local (non emergency) line (311?) and tell them you have some old hunting ammunition that needs proper disposal, they will guide you from there.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

If it is just a few shells, I would take a screwdriver or sturdy knife and open up the crimp slightly and put them in a bucket of water for a few days to soak the powder real good, then just bury them in an out of the way spot in the yard.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Salvage the shot & wads and reload in a once fired hull.
The powder and be mixed with water and disposed of safely.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

take the ammo to a gunsmith.

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from PSEbowhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

take them apart and pour the powder and shot out

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Call your local (non emergency) line (311?) and tell them you have some old hunting ammunition that needs proper disposal, they will guide you from there.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I wouldn't just toss them into the trash can. Might could cut the plastic and just disassemble the shells then throw the contents away but I don't know anything other than that.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

like the above post. i might ad, if you get caught throwing live ammo in a trash can, you may go to prison. pretty sure it's illegal anywhere.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

If it is just a few shells, I would take a screwdriver or sturdy knife and open up the crimp slightly and put them in a bucket of water for a few days to soak the powder real good, then just bury them in an out of the way spot in the yard.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Salvage the shot & wads and reload in a once fired hull.
The powder and be mixed with water and disposed of safely.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

take the ammo to a gunsmith.

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from PSEbowhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

take them apart and pour the powder and shot out

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