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Posted: 10/22/2004 1:17:58 PM EST
So my grandfather walked back into the mountains here in Washington state to a Air Force plane which crashed back in the 40's. The location of this plane is well known around here and it has been stripped clean in the last 60 years. Anyway, I found two 50 caliber bullets which my Grandfather took from this AF plane and the bullets have been sitting in the basement for the last 60 years.

Are these rounds dangerous? Could they blow up if dropped? Can I shoot them out of a 50 cal?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 1:18:44 PM EST
Only on the receiving end....


Sgatr15
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 1:19:43 PM EST
They are pretty dangerous if you load them into a Barrett and point it at something.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 5:38:43 PM EST
Dnagerous? No. Shoot them out of a .50 rifle? No.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 5:46:25 PM EST
Yes, if you drop them and strike the primer they could go bang.

If you want to have some real fun, tie a 2' ribbon to the round and and tape a BB to the primer,
throw it 20 - 30' in the air and watch what happens (after taking cover).
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 6:24:16 PM EST
"Are old 50 cal rounds dangerous?"

HELL YES, FROM WHAT I HEAR THEY CAN SHOOT DOWN SATELLITES!
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 8:07:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By geish:
"Are old 50 cal rounds dangerous?"

HELL YES, FROM WHAT I HEAR THEY CAN SHOOT DOWN SATELLITES!



Wow I thought they could only shoot through schools, I guess it shows what I know.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 8:12:38 PM EST
If they've been stored in a cool dry place, they are still good to go.
The primers are corrosive, so I wouldn't sjhoot them unless you want to be scrubbing a bore with hot soapy water then giving it a real good cleaning to neutralize the salts.

Other than that. Yeah, shoot 'em. Just not in my rifle.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 8:27:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/22/2004 8:28:24 PM EST by yugosksfan]

Originally Posted By 50cal:
If they've been stored in a cool dry place, they are still good to go.
The primers are corrosive, so I wouldn't sjhoot them unless you want to be scrubbing a bore with hot soapy water then giving it a real good cleaning to neutralize the salts.

Other than that. Yeah, shoot 'em. Just not in my rifle.



Just run a windex/ammonia solution soaked patch once or twice down the bore and clean as usual. Shooting corrosive ammo is not as big a deal as many people might claim, especially in old bolt actions.

ETA: How to clean after shooting corrosive ammo.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 8:37:24 PM EST
That wouldn't happen to be the B-17 in Tull Canyon in the Olympics?
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 8:42:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
Yes, if you drop them and strike the primer they could go bang.

If you want to have some real fun, tie a 2' ribbon to the round and and tape a BB to the primer,
throw it 20 - 30' in the air and watch what happens (after taking cover).




"Hey! Watch this!"
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 9:13:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By Doug_H:
That wouldn't happen to be the B-17 in Tull Canyon in the Olympics?



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