Flying out of Albuquerque to Atlanta this morning & my cabin bag gets pulled for further inspection, the reason being a dark mass they can't identify.
Straight off, I know it's a 100 box of 130gr Sierra Matchking bullets & that's soon confirmed.
First thing I'm told is they're not allowed, as they're "ammunition", so I point out that they're inert lumps of metal & less dangerous than the bone china plate that's in the same case.
Off he goes to fetch a supervisor who gives the same BS, so being an awkward type, I asked for the regulation, chapter & verse that says bullets are banned.
Another layer up the food chain produces a similar result, except this one decides to haul in one of the airport cops, who comes over, takes one look & says "no reason why he can't take them, as the only way they'd be dangerous is by swallowing them".
So i get my bullets back & a suggestion that in future they go in my hold luggage (ain't doing that for other reasons).
Lesson learned is that before I do this again, I'll contact TSA HQ, get a definitive ruling that bullets are OK & print it off to produce at the appropriate moment.