Gunpowder Disposal

Gunpowder Disposal

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    Gunpowder Disposal

    I have a co-worker that has a few pounds of multiple brands of powder that needs to be disposed of. The powder is about 10 years old.

    What is the proper way to dispose of it?


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    If the powder has been stored properly even after 10 years it should still be good,I would advertise it on the board at a shooting range I'm sure somebody would take it,as long as it's in the original containers
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    You could always burn it (in small quantities!)

    Might be fun...
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    One large open paved area and a box of matches sounds like a good time
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    Gunpowder is great fertilizer if you have a garden
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    She is going to take an inventory on what she has. She also has some reloading equipment that she may want to get rid of.

    I will post it when I get the inventory. I'm in NW Louisiana.

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    What I would do is mix with toss it out in my back yard.

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    Empty parking lot draw a long line and toss a match. It always works out well in the movies.

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    Just make sure none of it is Black Powder. Smokeless can be poured out in a line and set a match to it. It just burns and releases a lot of gas. Black powder is a bit more violent. You can still do it but use smaller quantities and don't stand over or get your hand too close to the ignition point as it can flash violently and quickly.

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    If it must be destroyed, burn smokeless powder in small piles (not exceeding a pound). Otherwise, put it to use in your garden or simply toss it out in the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvhoss View Post
    Just make sure none of it is Black Powder. Smokeless can be poured out in a line and set a match to it. It just burns and releases a lot of gas. Black powder is a bit more violent. You can still do it but use smaller quantities and don't stand over or get your hand too close to the ignition point as it can flash violently and quickly.

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    Yep, I saw a buddy light the pile of blackpowder instead of the line we poured out. Why he did , who knows . But once we made sure he was o.k. we laughed at his singed eyebrows and hair. Luckily for him , he was wearing safety glasses and a ball cap. The glasses lens were all smoked over and the hat got a bit blackened on the brim.
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    Do not burn gun powder, either black or smokeless. Smokeless powder is actually a good fertilizer. Sprinkle smokeless or black powder lightly onto the ground and water it in.
    Works great and will not harm the ground.
    Attempting to burn powder, especially black powder is nuts and yoiu can actually cause an explosion since black powder burns to rapidly.
    Best wishes.

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    The following is from a SAAMI publication titled Properties and Storage of Smokeless Powder.

    The best way to dispose of deteriorated smokeless powder is to burn it out in the open at an isolated location in small shallow piles (not over 1" deep). The quantity burned in any one pile should never exceed one pound. Use an ignition train of slow burning combustible material so that the person may retreat to a safe distance before powder is ignited.
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    Depending on what kind it is the best way is to burn 3.5 - 13.5 grains at a time in a .357 mag case.

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