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17 HMR Diaster

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Key-Hay, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    So a guy I work with was out shooting his Marlin bolt action rifle using CCI 17 HMR ammo. he was having issues with no fires and kept racking out rounds when they wouldn't fire.

    He was standing supporting the rifle with his hand under the magazine, racked in a round, pulled the trigger and BLAM!!! The magazine exploded in his hand sending metal shards into his hand. He says the bolt was closed but much past that memory is fuzzy. The rifle was quickly set aside and off to the hospital with a serious injury to the palm of his hand. A buddy dug the cartridge out of the chamber and this is what it looks like. He has not looked at the barrel for blockage or signs of bulging (I'm thinking blocked barrel).

    Here is the brass (or whats left)

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  2. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    By the look of that wrinkle on the back of the case I'd say the bolt wasn't all the way closed, or the cartridge was deformed during chanbering. Bad day. Hope your buddy is ok.
     
  3. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    He says the bolt was closed. When I get to see the rifle I'll post more pictures.
     
  4. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Then again, the way the front of the case looks like it is dented inwards like there was an obstruction in the chamber or throat when the round was chambered. I think you are right about the obstruction theory.
     
  5. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    So it's possible the blockage may have been in the chamber causing previous rounds not to fire, not a barrel blockage?
     
  6. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Very good possibility I'd say, maybe part of the front of a previous case stuck in the chamber. Shove another one in, squish it and force the bolt closed and boom!
     
  7. nebraskagunner

    nebraskagunner Whidbey Island Member

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    I once had a .22 fail to fire, and when I rack the bolt I noticed only a casing was thrown out. When I released the bolt it sent another bullet into the chamber (obviously). I then dropped the mag, ejected the chambered bullet, to find the projectile of the first round still in the barrel. Needless to say this could have been very bad news had I not been paying more attention. Usually when something isn't working right, that's your first warning to pay more attention. Its trying to tell you something.
     
  8. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    obstruction in the chamber and too much headspace would be my guess