They (next door to me at work) found a 300 Savage bullet in the parking lot. It's rather beat.
What or where or how is the best way to dispose?
For the record, here's the round in question:
Yeah, that's pretty beat. I don't think I'd fire that in anything that *I* owned. Maybe someone I was pissed off at, if I could rig up something with a long string...
For me, it's an easy question. I'd toss it on the range bag and bring it to my gun club. All three ranges have a "dud" bucket (usually painted bright red or orange) that this could easily be dropped into. If I didn't have that option available to me, there's still a handful of options at one's disposal for getting rid of a round that's too damaged to risk shooting.
1. Find a gunnie friend. Even if the round is too beat up to use, a reloader might be able to salvage the bullet itself or the brass. Even if they have no interest in it, they most likely have access to a range that has a dud box.
2. Render it incapable of being fired. I seem to remember that soaking a cartridge in oil will render the primer inoperable. One certain way to do this is to use a kinetic bullet puller to remove the bullet. At this point, the powder can be pulled out and disposed of, leaving only the primer.
3. Bring it to a police station. This is not advisable in MA unless you have an FID, and don't run in yelling I FOUND A BULLET, but if you were to walk in and calmly and carefully explain that you found a live round that you believe to be unsafe, chances are pretty good they'll be happy to dispose of it properly. Or at least toss it in the evidence room where, if it goes off, there will be several million dollars worth of seized drugs and cash to slow it down.
Realistically, though, simply storing it somewhere where there's no chance of something piercing the primer will be sufficient. It's not likely to go off just sitting there, and even if something were to happen to ignite it, the chances of it causing harm outside of the controlled environment of a firearm are pretty slim (unless you're holding it, in which case you might get burned by the powder or have the brass bounce off your forehead).
Any other ideas for proper ammunition disposal that doesn't involve actually shooting it?
That is all.