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Posted: 1/26/2011 4:09:54 PM EDT
My son and i found this ammo can while 4wheelin a couple of weeks ago

Link Posted: 1/26/2011 4:15:13 PM EDT
Bum link. no pic
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:18:31 PM EDT

fixed
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:21:28 PM EDT
Where?
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:24:45 PM EDT
20mm ?
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:40:08 PM EDT
thanks for the fix, yes i beleave they are 20mm found a 50 cal ammo can about half full.
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:46:50 PM EDT
seems a bit odd to find a can of 20mm projos out in the middle of nowhere uld probably melt them down and separate the lead from the jackets. don't 't know if the jackets are copper or not, they look kinda heavily coroded.

if you did melt 'em down you could sell the lead to reloaders, or sell the seperate lead and copper to a recycler..
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 5:54:40 PM EDT
My son picked up a couple and we left the rest. happy with the pics
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 9:35:45 PM EDT
Enjoy the depleted uranium.
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 10:50:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MooseForce:
Enjoy the depleted uranium.


yup
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 11:24:49 PM EDT
No uranium in 20mm. No lead either. The only copper is in the driving bands.

If they have aluminum tips, they are TP. Anything else is nose fused HE / API / etc.

"Do not eat".

20mm Info
Link Posted: 1/27/2011 12:00:37 AM EDT
I have a few spent 20mm and .50 cal that I found on Nellis years ago. They used to have gun pits on the backside of the flight line where they used to zero and test fire aircraft guns 50-60 years ago.
Link Posted: 1/27/2011 10:33:01 AM EDT
i've got some 38mm projectiles and brass, some of it with 1888 headstamps, some nose and some base fused, but empty.

no Air Force at that time, this stuff was from naval guns, Spanish American war trophies brought home by my great grandfather. i just wish i had the collection of swords, bayonets (18"+) and cutlasses. unfortunately i think my uncle sold those things all off.

my folks gave away some of the 4" to 6" projectiles and shells to a local museum.
Link Posted: 1/27/2011 4:44:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lem:
No uranium in 20mm. No lead either. The only copper is in the driving bands.

If they have aluminum tips, they are TP. Anything else is nose fused HE / API / etc.

"Do not eat".

20mm Info


What about the Mk149 Mod 2 in the Phalanx?

Link Posted: 1/27/2011 5:56:38 PM EDT
I've got a 20mm Lahti magazine a guy and his kid found out in the Black-Rock desert.
He left the weathered wood carry case there.
He also found live .55 Boys rounds at the same location.
Their condition makes it clear they had been there a long time.

Back before Sierra Harry and his cronies went ape locking up the Nevada desert as "Wilderness" the military did not have to stay in any certain locale to practice.
The whole Black-Rock has been strafed many times, .308 and .50 brass is everywhere.
We even found the body of a rocket in a small cave near Double Hot Springs.
Link Posted: 1/27/2011 8:22:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2011 8:24:19 PM EDT by ANIMUS]
Originally Posted By madmanblake:
Originally Posted By Lem:
No uranium in 20mm. No lead either. The only copper is in the driving bands.

If they have aluminum tips, they are TP. Anything else is nose fused HE / API / etc.

"Do not eat".

20mm Info


What about the Mk149 Mod 2 in the Phalanx?

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_sociopol/depopu30_04.jpg


Correction- I guess those do have a DU penetrator.

No, those just explode at a certain range. Obnoxious guns would wake me up when incoming wouldn't.

Link Posted: 1/27/2011 9:24:50 PM EDT
Perhaps I should have been more specific.

The 20mm bullets like the ones in the OP's picture do not contain uranium. Given the blue paint remaining on some, they are likely TP - but that does not mean every one is TP. Again, there is no lead to recover, and heating them in an attempt to do so could in fact be dangerous.

The Mk149 APDS round did at one time contain uranium. Since replaced with Tungsten, the Mod4. The APDS bullet looks NOTHING like the bullets in the OP. I doubt you will find the Mk149 Mod0 or Mod2 laying around as pulled bullets. The bright orange plastic discarding sabot should serve as a warning if you do.

Is that better?
Link Posted: 1/28/2011 8:41:40 AM EDT


I doubt anyone is strafing the desert with a Phalanx...
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 5:45:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By madmanblake:


I doubt anyone is strafing the desert with a Phalanx...



Be pretty frickin sweet if they were though
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 6:55:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 3:52:14 PM EDT by Darkstar117]
Originally Posted By madmanblake:
Originally Posted By Lem:
No uranium in 20mm. No lead either. The only copper is in the driving bands.

If they have aluminum tips, they are TP. Anything else is nose fused HE / API / etc.

"Do not eat".

20mm Info


What about the Mk149 Mod 2 in the Phalanx?

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_sociopol/depopu30_04.jpg


I always thought those were HEI.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:54:41 PM EDT
The Mod 2 was DU for taking out incoming missiles at relatively close range.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 2:07:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By madmanblake:


I doubt anyone is strafing the desert with a Phalanx...


Indeed. However, I once found a 40mm practice projectile from a MK19 out at the Apex dry lake.
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