There have been documented cases of cartridges falling from a few feet and detonating or, objects as small as casings setting off live ammunition.
Here's my question - how prone is a cartridge to cook off if it is at room temperature and another cartridge detonates near it?
My scenario is this - you have a .30 cal can of 5.56 that is loosely packed. You drop it from waist level (or even down a flight of stairs ) and one of those pointy bullets gets in line with a primer and goes off.
Is there a significant risk of a mass cook-off?
I am confident that a .30 cal can can contain many 5.56 rounds cooking off one at a time but should we really be packing our ammo loosely like many of us do?
If not - most of us have a bomb that's a few drops away from being a huge chunk of flying frag.
Edited by DyNo!, 25 March 2012 - 05:10 PM.