Pro Tip: “Never, I mean never, wash a .260 Remington cartridge in the dishwasher”

What's left of a .260 Remington cartridge post-dishwasher (courtesy

2006lariat at reports that he “found a way to make the wife very angry.” His advice: don’t go there. [h/t BL]


  1. Never wash any of your cartridges in the dishwasher!!!

  2. avatar DonS says:

    Post-wash/rinse heat cycle? That’s one hot dishwasher.

    1. avatar DonS says:

      Or did it just fall into the dishwasher’s integrated garbage disposal?

      1. avatar Swarf says:

        This is my guess. Bet that primer is unfired.

    2. avatar Stinkeye says:

      Later in the thread on that site, he explains that it went off when the heat cycle started, and just the primer went off, without igniting the powder.

  3. avatar 505markf says:

    “911. What’s your emergency?”

    “My dishwasher is trying to kill me!!! Hurry, send someone with a bazooka!! “

  4. avatar S.CROCK says:

    ummm that is not a pro tip. thats not even an introductory tip.

    1. avatar Tomy Ironmane says:

      To be fair, it IS obvious that you don’t DO that. But I didn’t know a dishwasher could heat up enough to cook off a round.

      I imagine the same advice applies to clothes dryers.

  5. avatar Maltwit says:

    … but washing my 9 mm is still okay, right?

    1. avatar freakshowSMVM says:

      Only if it is not +p

  6. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Yeah, I don’t know much about this, and not sure I believe what I know. I guess maybe if the round fell directly on the heating element and then sat there, but since my heating element is elevated off the floor of the dishwasher, that seems like it’d be pretty hard to do.

    1. avatar DonS says:

      My machines’ heating elements are about 3/4″ off the bottom of the tub, with a few supports. It would be pretty easy for a rifle cartridge to land such that it was propped up against a very hot surface. It might be statistically unlikely, but I could certainly see it happening.

  7. avatar Scottlac says:

    Tupperware pistols are still dishwasher safe, correct?

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Top rack only.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Until the wife saw me doing that. Used to throw GG in the dishwasher after matches. Now it’s only when she’s gone to work. Good grief, she wanted to wash the inside of the dishwasher. She’s blonde.

  8. avatar Jethro says:

    That looks mechanically shredded not detonated. If it fired the case and bullet would separate with very little inertia. Might break a couple dishes but the case would not rupture like that.

    1. avatar Austin says:

      I personally witnessed the aftermath of a 20mm aircraft cannon round that detonated out of battery. The case was shredded in a very similar manner. It’s a larger scale, but I would assume the same principles still apply. Additionally, it looks like the primer (albeit missing the anvil) is sitting at the top right of the image. I doubt mechanically shredding the round would have popped the primer out, especially since the case head looks undamaged.

      1. avatar Jethro says:

        Yeah I guess a necked down rifle cartridge with a tightly seated bullet might do that. Still leaves the question of how it happened inside a dishwasher.

    2. avatar Joseph says:

      The case CAN rupture like that if exposed to heat. Some idiots in my army unit placed a 7.62X51 round on an electric stove burner to “watch it melt.” One went to the ER with a piece of the case that went damn near through his wrist.

    3. avatar Dustin Eward says:

      In fact, it does very much resemble an out-of-battery detonation. I’ve seen plenty.

  9. avatar Adub says:

    I clean my ammo with steel wool and Hawkeye vodka. It’s cheaper than rubbing alcohol.

    1. avatar Samuel Suggs says:

      is “Hawkeye vodka” a M.A.S.H reference or an actual brand of vodka?

    2. avatar Tominator says:

      And it recycles….hic!

      1. avatar Adub says:

        It’s a brand sold in Iowa. As cheap as it gets…

  10. avatar Templar says:

    How in the Sam-hell…?!

  11. avatar Gary Schulze says:

    9mm are meant to be cleaned in a washing machine, or in a pinch, an ultrasonic cleaner. They always work for me afterward with a nice clean bang.

  12. avatar Ken says:

    I think he probably meant that he found a NEW way to make the wife very angry.

  13. avatar jwm says:

    Wonder if anybody’s ever micro waved a round of ammo?

    1. avatar Jay1987 says:

      Don’t give anyone any ideas… remember there’s a reason your iron has a warning label that says remove clothes before ironing.

      1. avatar Troutbum5 says:

        Heeeeere’s your sign…

    2. avatar the ruester says:

      Bad idea.

      That was just an egg.

      1. avatar VSN says:

        Reminds me, I haven’t watched peep-jousting in good long time.

    3. Check the demolition ranch YouTube channel….22 LR then .50 BMG

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I did. His wife must be as patient as mine.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          OMG, now I need to go buy a cheap microwave and an extension cord!

    4. avatar Dustin Eward says:

      I will buy a microwave just to try it…

  14. avatar C says:

    What about for cleaning your empty brass?

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    Pro Tip: “Never, I mean never, wash a .260 Remington cartridge in a .30-30 Winchester dishwasher”

  16. avatar Conway Redding says:

    Why in the world would anyone who is not brain damaged think that running cartridges through the dishwasher is a good idea? Who the hell washes cartridges anyway? Geez Louise!

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      I’m thinking it got in there accidentally. The alternative is just too painful to contemplate.

  17. avatar Ima Yeti says:

    Why do they put “caution hot” warnings on stoves? Same reason!

  18. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Only firearms are dishwasher safe, not their food. How many times must I repeat this?

    1. avatar tmm says:

      ….sooooo….keep your rifles clean and your powder dry?

  19. avatar ropingdown says:

    I think this post goes over-the-top with its blanket prohibition, just because the guy failed to use the cartridge baskets provided with the dishwasher.

  20. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    This is how Murphy washes his dishes

  21. avatar Joel says:

    I can just see it now, this will ignite another debate over which caliber is the most effective dishwasher round.

  22. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Worst Ive done is to burn up my favorite wooden sauce spoon.
    Still use it but its kinda smallish today.

  23. avatar Hank says:

    Somewhere a new Facebook page is being registered for…

    MAID – Mayors Against Illegal Dishwashers
    Moms Demand Action for Dishwasher Safety in America
    S.T.A.R. – Straight Talk About Rinse

  24. avatar 2hotel9 says:

    I have seen the results of cartridges going off in commercial dryers a couple of times. People just don’t check there pockets well enough. 😉

  25. avatar What about Bob says:

    I had a buddy who had to go to the ER after pounding 22 shells with a hammer. One went off. Who would have thought?

    Got brass shrapnel in his hand. Damn lucky.

  26. avatar Dustin Eward says:

    I’ll put whatever _I_ want in _MY_ dishwasher, that _I_ paid for. Got it, lady? :-p

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