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Never Shoot Unknown Reloads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RVTECH, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    From another forum. Guy buys used reloading equipment, components and finds some .38 Special reloads in the mix and decides to shoot them - well he made it to # 2 anyway. He mentioned there was Bullseye powder in the stuff he bought and suspects a double charge.
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  2. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    That would be scary. .38 would be an easy cartridge to double charge. I hope nothing like that ever happens with my reloads :)
     
  3. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    I never shoot anybody's reloads out of my firearms, but my own. It's a rule I strictly abide by.
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ruined a nice Ruger. Notice the rear sights are missing. Hope he was wearing eye protection.
     
  5. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I ALWAYS perform the 'flashlight' check of powder level before seating bullets.
     
  6. Old as Dirt

    Old as Dirt Pacific NW Active Member

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    That'll buff out..
     
  7. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    One of the reasons I select powders that can't be easily double charged...That WAS a nice security six. I wonder what the outcome would have been in a GP100 since they are a bit stouter
     
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Funny thing is, this can even happen with factory ammo, it's just more likely with reloads.

    One thing I always do is keep a "pull bucket" anything that is questionable, goes in the pull bucket. No matter what, once something is in there, it's going to get pulled, never shot.
     
  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Maybe that is why those loads were in with the equipment in the first place. The only reloads I would trust would be from a member on this site (John H)
     
  10. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I weigh each powder charge and then immediately seat the bullet. Resulting in almost no possibly way to cause a double charge. Since I only every have one casing in my hand at a time. I would have to set the case down in order to throw a second charge into the pan and then trickle it up to perfect. Before putting the funnel into the case and pouring the second charge in on top. Takes more time. Results in amazing uniformity, And I have never had a Squib or double charge. Been reloading 44 years now.
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Just a thought here,couldn't you weigh the reloaded rounds to make sure they are uniform and weigh they same as a factory counterpart?
    Pull a bullet and check the grain,then the powder charge,case,and then check the rest.
     
  12. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    works somewhat with rifle rounds, doesn't work at all with pistol, there's too much variation in case/bullet/primer to really let you know the difference.
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that these were loads that the seller just didn't get around to pulling themselves. If it was an estate sale, the original party wasn't around to warn anyone that these were his "boo-boo's".

    If I ever buy repackaged powder or unknown reloads in a "lot" from an estate sale or the like, the powder fertilizes the lawn and the ammo is pulled down for components. I might reuse the primers by not depriming the case.
     
  14. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Notice the right side of the cylinder missing? Hope he was wearing gloves too!
     
  15. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Looks like he can still use three of the cylinders to test the remaining loads. :thumbup:
     
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  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I think I would have a permanent flinch after that.
     
  17. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer SE Washington state Active Member

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    If it was a double charge of Bullseye, I don't think even a Freedom Arms single action would have contained it, although one might have. That was one beefy revolver and was reputed to be able to withstand some major pressure.
     
  18. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Maybe it was through his reloading that the PO became deceased..
     
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  19. Uberdillo

    Uberdillo Oregon Active Member

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    I got just shy of 100 beautiful match .308 handloads in a trade along with some brass and bullets. I'm not really excited to try them out... Should I be worried for my kinetic puller?
     
  20. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you're worried, get a collet puller.