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October 2, 2011

"Ashes to ammo" — Company turns loved ones' ashes into hunting ammunition

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That's different.

Two weeks ago we learned about how you can incorporate a loved one's ashes into a tree.

Now comes a company called Holy Smokes with an alternative.

Excerpts from Marty Roney's September 29 USA Today story follow.

A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they've come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity.

Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

It's the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.

The company, launched in July, shipped out its first two orders on Sept. 16 — one from Florida and one from Kentucky — Holmes says.

It has established www.myholysmoke.com to promote the service and traffic on it has been growing, Holmes says.

For $850, one pound of ash will be loaded into 250 shotgun shells. The ash is mixed in the cups that hold the shot, not the powder.

The same amount of ash will fill the bullets of 100 standard caliber center-fire rifle rounds or 250 pistol rounds. For the rifle and pistol ammunition, the ash is put into the tips of hollow-point bullets with the cavity sealed with wax.

"Some people have been concerned that a small amount of ash will remain in the animal that is shot with the ammunition, Holmes said. "But it's just carbon, and a small amount at that. You don't have anything to worry about."

The process takes about 48 hours from the time the ashes are received, Holmes said.

"The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. "Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.

I guess "ashes to ashes" is no longer operative.

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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Shooting the person who murdered your loved one gets you two points in Texas.....

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 3, 2011 10:07:01 AM

Talk about going out with a bang!

Posted by: tamra | Oct 3, 2011 1:58:44 AM

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