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Old 02-01-2013, 10:44 AM
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Default Safe to leave shotgun shells in bandoleer?

Bought a 65 shell holder bandoleer and was wondering if it was safe to load shells on them then hang it inside my closet? I was worried something might hit it and powders burst!
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:55 AM
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you should be allright. It's harder to set off primers than you may think.
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Unless you've got a madman rampaging around in your closet with a nailgun rigged to not need to be placed against something to fire, I doubt there is anything going on in your closet that would expose primers in shells on a bandolier to anything they wouldn't have to survive sitting in a box.
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I have a 50 shot capacity bandolier that I keep filled and ready for my 870---I have noticed no negitive issues---it's actually a pretty handy way to keep a supply of 12ga ready and available. Just grab shotgun and bandolier and go!
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I've had one for about 2 years, never had a problem...
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Hey - What goes on in your closet should stay in your closet
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Use to have two 25 round leather ones back in the day that I used for duck hunting. Thirty years worth before I gave them away........always worked fine for me?
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When I was more of a newbie also I had this sort of concern also.. I would treat ammo like it was TNT ready to go off... But then I read somewhere that:

1) the chance of any ammo falling or hitting some object and just going off are extremely low
2) even if it was to go off (they ve done tests on this) the bullet would not have would not have enough energy to cause damage.. The slight fear would be from shrapnel from the shell casing exploding. The barrel of the gun actually holds the casing together and stops it from exploding as we'll as allows most of the energy to be directed in a single direction behind the bullet.. With no barrel the energy is directed in all angles... Instead of most of the energy being in probably a 10 degree range it's spread out over 360 degrees.
3) I no longer fear ammo and I am now a man...lol
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If the bandolier is leather, make sure the brass part of the shell is not tucked into the pocket too far.

I made the mistake of shoving a few shells into a leather side stock rack I've got and the leather seems to have retained some moisture and corroded the brass on the shells a bit - not to mention made it a little harder to pull out of the pocket.
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Only negative I see is stretching out the elastic from keeping shells in there over a long period of time. I used to keep shells in my bird hunting vest until I realized I was stretching out the pockets.
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Thanks guys. More than enough info here. Love calguns.net

I have a nylon bandolier From amazon. Looks like I'll be loading them up then and safely place them ontop of my closet!
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If the bandolier is leather, make sure the brass part of the shell is not tucked into the pocket too far.
^^ This. Nickel plated pistol brass actually came about because the tanning chemicals in leather belt loops would turn cops' ammo & belts green.
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I have a 50 shot capacity bandolier that I keep filled and ready for my 870---I have noticed no negitive issues---it's actually a pretty handy way to keep a supply of 12ga ready and available. Just grab shotgun and bandolier and go!
Oh man, I thought I was the only one. Phew... I'm not paranoid afterall
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5-6 years ago Walmart had their cheap nylon/elastic rifle & shotshell bandoleers clearenced for like $1.xx, so I bought a whole bunch of them.

Was curious how long they could last so I loaded one with 12ga Birdshot and another with 7.62x54r, then locked them up with the guns.
About once a year I inspect them.
So far both look/feel brand new, hold on tight to ammo and compress when it's removed.
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2) even if it was to go off (they ve done tests on this) the bullet would not have would not have enough energy to cause damage.. The slight fear would be from shrapnel from the shell casing exploding. The barrel of the gun actually holds the casing together and stops it from exploding as we'll as allows most of the energy to be directed in a single direction behind the bullet.. With no barrel the energy is directed in all angles... Instead of most of the energy being in probably a 10 degree range it's spread out over 360 degrees.
If a shotgun shell were to go off outside of the chamber it would be more like a small pipe bomb. They are not the same as brass cased ammo.
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you should be allright. It's harder to set off primers than you may think.
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You should see the way we treat ammo in the military, I've even seen it used at toothpicks, run over, crushed, stomped on, sat on, and not once have I ever seen it go off accidently.
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The elastic will stretch over time, if you have a quality bandolier that shouldn't be a problem. I used to have some cheap gun show ones that did that. They still held the shells but not as snug.
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I've left ammo in my leather duck hunting bandoleer sometimes a year on accident. It still is fine. As far as dropping shells and detonation, well if it were true I would have died years ago and many times over.
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