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spendbabyspend
03-23-2005, 6:47 PM
God forbid there is ever a fire in the building I live in. Is there some way, should I not be home at the time, to store ammo from cooking off in the heat of the fire? Are any of they typical safes thick enough to contain such a disaster?

spendbabyspend
03-23-2005, 6:47 PM
God forbid there is ever a fire in the building I live in. Is there some way, should I not be home at the time, to store ammo from cooking off in the heat of the fire? Are any of they typical safes thick enough to contain such a disaster?

tcdrennen
03-23-2005, 7:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by spendbabyspend:
God forbid there is ever a fire in the building I live in. Is there some way, should I not be home at the time, to store ammo from cooking off in the heat of the fire? Are any of they typical safes thick enough to contain such a disaster? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Pistol/rifle ammo will burn, not explode. The brass will fly maybe a couple of feet (being lighter than the bullet.)

Smokeless (modern) powder is not an explosive; if you're not storing black powder or incindieries or tracers, no big deal.

The aerosol cans under your sink and your beer or soda cans will do more damage when they explode in a fire.

Trust me, I know.

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Seriously, one of the Great Myths of Firearms (As Seen On TV!!) is that Rounds Will Cook Off and Shoot Up The Place in a Fire. A chambered round in a firearm in a fire may indeed "shoot" though I suspect by the time the heat got that bad the barrel/action would have started annealing.

Rounds unrestrained by a chamber will just "pop".

The smallest firecrackers explode with more force (as they ARE blackpowder.)

icormba
03-23-2005, 8:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tcdrennen:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by spendbabyspend:
God forbid there is ever a fire in the building I live in. Is there some way, should I not be home at the time, to store ammo from cooking off in the heat of the fire? Are any of they typical safes thick enough to contain such a disaster? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Pistol/rifle ammo will burn, not explode. The brass will fly maybe a couple of feet (being lighter than the bullet.)

Smokeless (modern) powder is not an explosive; if you're not storing black powder or incindieries or tracers, no big deal.

The aerosol cans under your sink and your beer or soda cans will do more damage when they explode in a fire.

Trust me, I know.

Don't ask how http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Seriously, one of the Great Myths of Firearms (As Seen On TV!!) is that Rounds Will Cook Off and Shoot Up The Place in a Fire. A chambered round in a firearm in a fire may indeed "shoot" though I suspect by the time the heat got that bad the barrel/action would have started annealing.

Rounds unrestrained by a chamber will just "pop".

The smallest firecrackers explode with more force (as they ARE blackpowder.) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

VERY GOOD TOO KNOW!! thanks! that was a good one! I had asked a Santa Clara Fireman & fellow gun buddy about this a few years back & he didn't have a very good answer. At first he had said nothing really bad would/could happen, but admitted he hadn't run into it as of yet.