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#1 Phil Hackett

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:59 PM

.... and he survives! (By the grace of God).

 

It seems the ammo was more than just hot.

 


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#2 Tom Eatherly

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 06:19 PM

He was damn lucky with that happening. I saw this video last week, that rifle just came apart! As beat up as that fellow is, he is LUCKY! He didn't look too hot in the hospital, but, he recovered pretty fast.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:58 PM

Crazy...!

When I shoot my Mosin Nagant and Mauser I'm always afraid the bolt is gonna go through my cheek.
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Posted 07 May 2021 - 09:51 PM

I just started reloading, and I was pretty nervous about shooting the first couple of rounds.  :shok:


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 10:30 PM

I just started reloading, and I was pretty nervous about shooting the first couple of rounds.  :shok:

 

John, I've been handloading since 1977. Need some help? Everything from .22-250, 7x57 Mauser, .270 Win, .308 Win, 30-06, .45 auto, .45 Colt, .38/.357 and 30-30. If you have components, you're good. Might be able to give you a pointer or two, if needed.


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 03:20 AM

Thanks Tom, I've managed to find enough components to get started (and had purchased some a few years ago before the recent craziness....).  Keeping it simple for now, just 223 and 6.5 CM


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 03:34 PM

Dang Lucky!


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 04:58 AM

he was very fortunate. screw cap on the end of the receiver doesnt seem like very sound idea. i wonder if he had any remaining rounds pulled and analyzed. 



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Posted 09 May 2021 - 02:30 PM

I just started reloading, and I was pretty nervous about shooting the first couple of rounds.  :shok:

 

I've seen and heard of a few mishaps over the years and besides the one involving a guy I wouldnt trust loading a slingshot. They all involved people getting complacent........take your time,double and triple check things and have fun. It's a hobby and not a race is what an old timer taught me. He said if I want fast then go to the store and buy them otherwise have fun. Last but least is for my common loads I made tooling that helps me check for a double charge and it's saved me a few times when I got distracted by a phone call/knock at door etc.


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 03:44 PM

i would second robert bg's comments. i reload with cast bullets keeping loads mild and around 1800fps. using a powder that will maintain at least a 75-80% case fill will prevent double charges. no distractions at the loading bench: no tv, radio, or miss july's callender photo hanging up, although that could be an OSHA violation. best regards


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 05:08 PM

John,my "normal" recipes use powders that also fill the case enough to almost prevent a double shot..........I say almost because of the guy I mentioned that I wouldnt trust to load a slingshot ;-) He's a great guy and actually intelligent. But when it comes to common sense he really got the short end of the stick and Darwinism has come VERY close to punching his clock a few times over the years :D

 

But lately some of the powders for my normal recipes have been impossible to get. So I stocked up on stuff that works well in a few different loads and just made a few "powder cops" to fit each recipe. They're super easy to make or you can buy them. But I tend to stay away from the adjustable ones because it is one more variable in the equation. Plus I'm a cheapskate at times if it involves anything I can make.


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:40 PM

your right, cant be too careful. thats one of the reasons trail boss can be very effective. light, fluffy with good case fill. i use a flashlight to visually inspect each case load. it has been difficult obtaining the "right" powders and components. esp primers. i have bullet molds in the style and weight that i routinely load as well as a very good supply of lead. plus, i will recover range lead and use that too. i load for accuracy as opposed to high volume of rounds produced. i will use the lee dipper method for some reloads, otherwise powder scale measure. same with 12ga reloads. although i make up a reduced load with buck and ball. worked very well against a few critters trying to get at my chickens. warmest regards



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Posted 09 May 2021 - 10:53 PM

That's pretty scary. I own a pawn shop and we buy a lot ammo from customers. I'm going to tell my guys to be sure to take in factory loads only. Maybe not take ammo at all. A lawsuit from an incident like that would put me out of business.


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