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Chinese Ammo Kaboom

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cougfan2, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Check out the following link. I've seen some blown up guns before, but this is one of the blue ribbon winners.

    Steve Quayle News Alerts
     
  2. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    These pictures have been going around for years. Clinton banned Chicom ammo years ago, and AFAIK they never made any 44 Mag in the first place. Most likely an overcharge of a fast-burning powder.
     
  3. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Youch. Too much powder in the center cartridge?

    Keith
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Didn't realize that. This is the first time I have seen this picture. It is however "instructional". :cool:
     
  5. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very interesting stuff, but yeah the Chinese ammo back story probably doesn't hold up.
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I did see a rather impressive kaboom many years ago when I worked for Hodgdon Powder Co. At that time we also owned and indoor shooting range next door called The Bullet Hole. A guy came in with a brand new Colt Python and some hand loads. The first shot blew out the firing cylinder and the sides of the two adjacent cylinders. The top strap was standing straight up.

    He later said he wanted to be able to load "hotter stuff" than he could get in factory loads. He bought a press and some dies and components, but figured he didn't need to waste his money on a scale or manual. He took .357 Mag casings and dipped them full to the top with Unique and seated a 158 gr JHP on top of them. Can you say "compressed load"? :banghead:
     
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    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    When I heard the story years ago it was reloads that caused it.
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That makes more sense.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    A little buffing and the new owner will never see it!!

    Deen
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  10. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    Some of the rumors over those pictures state the S&W will test their guns, to the extreme, and this was one of them. Pix were just leaked out. Who really knows?
     
  11. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would never get rid of that thing if it was mine. Too much EPIC fail!
     
  12. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    When I worked at Hodgdon Powder Co. our ballistician at the time had 4 or 5 rifles and shotguns that had blown up from various issues that he kept around to impress upon people the importance of following the reloading manual, weighing all your charges, and making sure the muzzle wasn't blocked. The most impressive one was where some one put a 20 ga. shell in a 12 ga. and then later touched off a 12 ga. shell behind it. if you've seen the cartoons where they show the barrel looking like a banana peel, they aren't too far off.
     
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    JohnH Milwaukie Active Member

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    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's the way I remember it, too. I believe it was actually in one of the gun mags.