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Alabama company offers the option to have ammunition loaded with a deceased loved one's ashes

11:43 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What would you say if I told you, you could have your deceased loved one's cremated remains loaded into live ammunition?

"Wow! Human remains for bullets!" said Len Harley.

"I think that's a good idea, man," said Bill Deaux.

A company in Stockton, Alabama called Holy Smoke offers exactly that or what it calls a "cost effective memorial for your outdoor person."
Here's how it works: Let's say, heaven forbid, Grandpa dies.  Grandpa's ashes are sent to Holy Smoke which, "with reverence and care" according to the website, packs him into rifle cartridges or shotgun shells, available in  .410, .28, .20, .16 or .10 gauge.
The now-personalized ammunition is shipped to you in fifty-round, labeled, plastic carriers with handles.
It's $850 for 250 shells or the same price for 100 rifle cartridges.
And for another hundred dollars, you can get a wooden, mantle-worthy display box.

"Only in America," said Rebecca Pearce from the UK.

"Only in America. That's what we say in the UK all the time, things like that could happen only in America and that's very much one," said Jason Wynn.

The idea for the company came a few years ago from friends discussing burial versus cremation. One of the friends, who would turn out to be a company founder, said he wanted his ashes put into turkey load shotgun shells.

"That way I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that one turkey will see is me, screaming at him at about 900 feet per second."
And Holy Smoke was born.

For the sake of this report only, let's say something happens to you and your family has you packed into ammo. How would you want that ammo used?

"Target practice!" Harley said.

"Blow 'em up and have fun with them.  That's what I would like to see 'em do," Devaux said.

"Shoot them over the ocean," said Jermaine Taylor.

"Probably protect themselves," said Dustin Coffey.

So for less than a grand, your family can show that the Second Amendment is alive and well, even if you're not.

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