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Posted: 12/16/2005 9:17:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/19/2005 6:08:51 PM EDT by Dace]
What happens if I fire a .308 round inside with no powder or bullet, only the primer, how loudwould this be?

I have one sitting around with no bullet or powder, only the live primer, I want to shoot it so bad just to see what it sounds like.

Edit: I dont know what I was worried about, you guys were right, its like a cap gun. Scared the crap out of my cat and had a nice little flame burst about 3 feet from my rifle muzzle. I video taped it because I was bored.

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Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:19:21 PM EDT
like a cap gun
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:19:57 PM EDT
Sound like caps... we used to shoot boxes of primers with our BB guns when we were 10-12 yrs old.

- rem
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:20:50 PM EDT
you might as well do it, around where I live, ive determined a single loud bang will not attract any unwanted attention. Dont ask.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:20:57 PM EDT
Pull the trigger, then you'll know.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:21:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/16/2005 9:23:14 PM EDT by Sukebe]
You may also get a bullet stuck in your barrel. That is, if you meant with a bullet in the case with just the primer. which after I read the second time, you didn't.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:21:36 PM EDT
turn the lights off first. Muzzle flash. And make sure it's really not a real bullet and aim in a safe spot.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:22:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sukebe:
You may also get a bullet stuck in your barrel.




What happens if I fire a .308 round inside with not powder or bullet, only the primer, how loud?




Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:23:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:

Originally Posted By Sukebe:
You may also get a bullet stuck in your barrel.




What happens if I fire a .308 round inside with not powder or bullet, only the primer, how loud?







You expect me to read everything.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:25:21 PM EDT
I shot one of those Natec polymer rounds without a bullet or powder.. After I pulled the bullet with my fingers and dumped the powder... Louder than a cap gun.. Little bit of a flash...
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:25:28 PM EDT
It'll be loud indoors. less than a .22 but more than a cap gun.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:26:22 PM EDT
It will burst your eardrums!!! Don't do it!! On second thought go a head I'm not going to stop you...
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:26:45 PM EDT
I did one a while ago, depends on how long your barrel is, they seem to muffle the sound alot.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:27:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/16/2005 9:28:31 PM EDT by Stealth]
A loud cap gun +1.

Not as loud as a firecracker though.

Gotta clean your barrel when you're done though. It gets the barrel very dirty.

You can put a moist rag over the end do soak up some sound. Oh yea, it might get a bit singed. Less so if moist.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:50:09 PM EDT
Shouldn’t amount to much in a rifle.

I’ve fired primers in handguns indoors and found them unpleasantly loud. However, I have tinninitis (sp) so I’m probably especially sensitive to loud sounds.

While a single primer isn’t going to be a problem, keep in mind most primers contain a small amount of lead.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:56:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dace:
What happens if I fire a .308 round inside with no powder or bullet, only the primer, how loud?

I have one sitting around with no bullet or powder, only the live primer, I want to shoot it so bad just to see what it sounds like.



Not too loud. I throw live .308 rounds into the fireplace all the time. Sounds like firecrackers.

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Is it really necessary to say I'm kidding?
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 9:56:36 PM EDT
JUST DO IT
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 10:02:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 10:48:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MrPink123:
JUST DO IT


+1
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 11:08:32 PM EDT
It's dangerous behavior and you should be heavily taxed just for thinking of doing it.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 11:19:46 PM EDT
I've got a bag of rubber bullets that I bought in the 90's that you fire out of a .357. You just load them in a primed case. Not that load out of a 6'' barrel. A hell of a lot of fun.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 11:25:27 PM EDT
primers all sound the same. The length of the barrel might change the tune a little bit, but not to the point that you'd notice.
Link Posted: 12/16/2005 11:42:11 PM EDT
A few months ago I wanted to test the primers on some 7.62x54R milsurp and see if they were corrosive. I drove a nail into a block of wood and put a primed case over it that I had pulled the bullet and dumped powder out of. I hit the primer with a nail punch and hammer. It was a little loud but nothing much worse than a small firecracker. Some flame shot out of the case and blackend the wood around the nail slightly.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 12:04:46 AM EDT
Well, how loud was it?
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:34:45 AM EDT
Just don't do it in an assault rifle!!! You'll blow out your eardrums and every window in your house and your neighbors house too!!! You know how dangerous those things are!!!

Joking
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:38:48 AM EDT
this thread is REALLY making me want to fire off ammo where I pulled the bullet to make sure it the neck was sealed.

will do it tommorow and report back
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 2:05:51 AM EDT
If you cut of the tip off a shotgun shell (birdshot is best), dump the shot and remove the cup/wad and then dump the powder. Assuming you made a fairly straight cut, smack the forward end of the shell on a hard (non-metalic) surface to remove more powder. Now use a small (1/8") wooden dowl to carefully scrape around inside and remove the remaining powder.

Now that there is only the primer, cut the shell down to the rim (or paper roll) and then insert it into the barrel. When you fire it, it sounds like a .22.....

The first time I did that, I fired it standing in the front doorway expecting a little crack like a cap gun.....

It's only loud IMO, because the bore diameter is so large.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 4:50:01 AM EDT
You'll shoot your eye out....
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 5:02:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BLY:
If you cut of the tip off a shotgun shell (birdshot is best), dump the shot and remove the cup/wad and then dump the powder. Assuming you made a fairly straight cut, smack the forward end of the shell on a hard (non-metalic) surface to remove more powder. Now use a small (1/8") wooden dowl to carefully scrape around inside and remove the remaining powder.

Now that there is only the primer, cut the shell down to the rim (or paper roll) and then insert it into the barrel. When you fire it, it sounds like a .22.....

The first time I did that, I fired it standing in the front doorway expecting a little crack like a cap gun.....

It's only loud IMO, because the bore diameter is so large.



I did that once except I hit the primer with a screwdriver and a hammer (I was a kid at the time). I must not have gotten all the poweder out cause the shot from it shattered the screwdriver in my hand. I made a note to not do that ever again.

I am however not as stupid as some people I knew who would actually smash .22 shells with rocks and make them go off. Suprosed no one died. I was there once when they were doing it, and after they didn't listen to me about not doing it. I decided I should exit the situation.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 5:14:01 AM EDT
Try one. Pull the head off a bullet with pliers, dump the powder. Chamber & fire
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 3:33:54 PM EDT
You might also want to slip a plastic bottle over the muzzle to capture the smoke and ash that the primer will produce. Last I heard, most primers contain lead compounds. No need to let that spread around your house.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 4:16:33 AM EDT
I couldn't help myself.

I pulled the bullets and powder out of a couple Wolf .45 and 7.62X39 cartridges and fired them off.

Wasn't much louder than a cap gun.

Unfortunately, my kids cat is now afraid of the sound of a 45 being racked and of my AK. Didn't do it intentionally, sorry, he just happened to be in the room. I didn't see him, honest.
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