What temp does ammo explode at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Glock
    when fighting a fire at certain houses bullets started to explode causing them to move away from that house.
    for the sake of all of billings, i hope my house never catches fire.

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    I think you may worry more about synthetic components like polymers being affected by heat than ammo? I've never really researched this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White
    Ammo never Explodes Black powder Explodes not smokeless
    Actually unless they are confined, neither black or smokeless powder explode. They both burn darn fast though.
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    My fire chief explained to me that unless the ammo was "contained" (sealed container or barrel of gun), it would pop and perhaps fragment the cases. In all cases he explained that their turn-out gear (heavy leather coats) would stop any projectiles from harming the firefighters.

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    Keep a g26 and the win 94 30-30 loaded in the truck year round.

    Heat in the desert can be 115-118 on bad days, summer can average 105-109 daily for months and I don't worry about ammo cooking off in the least. Truck interior has to be hotter than outside temps.

    Thanks to hsuCowboy98 and Fargman, now I know why

    That was good info guys, had never seen that before, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetim View Post
    I think you may worry more about synthetic components like polymers being affected by heat than ammo? I've never really researched this.
    Yep.. that would be my guess.... that polymers, etc. would be effected long before the ammunition would be.

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    Understand when we were kids, that was a loooooooooooong time ago. OK. But we used to meet up near a creek and have some fires to keep warm, cook hotdogs, etc. And, being very young and stupid, we would sometimes do very 'dumb' things .. .including putting things into the fires to see 'what would happen'. We found the most dangerous thing to put into a good hot burning fire, was aerosol cans (hair spray, etc) as they would explode and blow parts of the fire out at us, along with scrap metal pieces and whatever the contents were that were in it. We determined rather quickly, that this was NOT something to do. We tried different ammunition as well. All any of it did was make a soft ...... 'pooooooof' sound, and that was that.... it would semi-melt the casing or burn it to the point of being 'black', and we thought the sound, etc. that it was more likely the primer firing off from the heat than anything..... and the bullet (being lead normally) had always just melted in place. Yeah, we were dumb and did dumb things at times. But, we learned a lot too. ...... LOL. We also learned we were not good enough shots with our bows to be able to shot an apple off anyone's head either..... .since we keep hitting the dummy we made and tied to the tree .... in the head.

    And when it came to 'guns', you would have probably not found a bunch of kids that were safer with guns.... than we were. We had total respect for firearms and gun safety.
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