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Old 11-10-2012, 11:31 PM
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HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

Shot a ladder test today and because I don't have a spotter I colored my bullets. This way I can pick out where the shots landed from each load by looking at the color around each hole.

So I get the target home and spread out on the kitchen table so I can crunch the data and see how great my new load combinations are that I spend the last two weeks working up and all day today getting perfect.....and realize I have no idea which colors belong to which load. Where the heck did my secret decoder ring go to anyhow? Nowhere to be found, that's where. So now I've got overlapping groups all over this big white piece of butcher paper (with a couple errant fliers just to screw with me a little extra) and no idea which group belongs to which load.

So, out to the range tomorrow with my new box of color-coated bullets, three copies of the decoder ring stored in separate locations...and a camcorder
if I can figure out how to charge the thing.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

Ha. The kind of thing you do just once. At least let's hope so.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:01 AM
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Re: HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

Stuff like that is funny when someone else does it. JohnnyK.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:49 PM
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This move is so boneheaded, it will relieve all your consternations. I do not mean to one-up you, but this is the stupidest thing I have ever done with a gun or even heard of being done with a gun. I had a Beretta model 303 built in 1989. I was used to unloading semi-auto shotguns by simply working the bolt back and forth until the gun is empty, then checking the chamber and magazine to make sure I didn't miss one. I was working on the 303 because it would not allow the action to eject the shells. What I did not know, but found out when I called Beretta, in the middle of the 1989 run, they changed the unloading system for safety reasons. Now you have to physically hold in the shell block at the opening of the magazine to allow the shells in the magazine to release and eject. You also had to pull the trigger on an empty chamber before the bolt will remain in the open position. I loaded an old handload with a very dark brass base in the chamber and put two in the magazine. I then tried to unload it by working the bolt, but since I was ignorant of the change, they did not eject. I was frustrated and in a hurry by this time, and that is the worst time to work on a gun. That is a situation that gets people injured or killed. I thought I had pulled the bolt back and ejected the shell from the chamber. I held in the magazine block and took the shells out of the magazine. Then I wanted to open the bolt and keep it open, which, as I said, requires you to pull the trigger. I pulled the bolt back a little to make sure the chamber was empty, but the old, dark shell did not show up and had gone so deeply into the chamber that the bolt ejector did not grasp it. Thinking the gun was empty, I pulled the trigger. The gun was pointed at my gun rack, right at my most expensive guns...my Lazzeroni, my Browning highwall with exquisite wood, etc. The damage would have been catastrophic. But the gun failed to fire. I pulled the bolt back again, and the old shell ejected. I sat in my chair shaking so hard I couldn't even get on my feet. When I calmed down, I took gun and shell outside, loaded it, pulled the trigger, and the shell fired normally. I would usually never divulge an idiotic move like this, but maybe some young shooters will read this and understand how important it is to check and double check everything when working on a gun. Never ASSUME anything. Visually check everything. Stupid things are not always committed by beginners. I have been shooting high-power rifles and trapshooting for 62 years, and I pulled a move like that. So those of you with "coming of age" kids, make sure they read this and take it to heart. Sometimes a lot of experience can be dangerous because it make you think you know it all and you start cutting corners, and then you get injured or killed, or you injure or kill someone else.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:37 PM
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Re: HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

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This move is so boneheaded, it will relieve all your consternations. I do not mean to one-up you, but this is the stupidest thing I have ever done with a gun or even heard of being done with a gun. I had a Beretta model 303 built in 1989. I was used to unloading semi-auto shotguns by simply working the bolt back and forth until the gun is empty, then checking the chamber and magazine to make sure I didn't miss one. I was working on the 303 because it would not allow the action to eject the shells. What I did not know, but found out when I called Beretta, in the middle of the 1989 run, they changed the unloading system for safety reasons. Now you have to physically hold in the shell block at the opening of the magazine to allow the shells in the magazine to release and eject. You also had to pull the trigger on an empty chamber before the bolt will remain in the open position. I loaded an old handload with a very dark brass base in the chamber and put two in the magazine. I then tried to unload it by working the bolt, but since I was ignorant of the change, they did not eject. I was frustrated and in a hurry by this time, and that is the worst time to work on a gun. That is a situation that gets people injured or killed. I thought I had pulled the bolt back and ejected the shell from the chamber. I held in the magazine block and took the shells out of the magazine. Then I wanted to open the bolt and keep it open, which, as I said, requires you to pull the trigger. I pulled the bolt back a little to make sure the chamber was empty, but the old, dark shell did not show up and had gone so deeply into the chamber that the bolt ejector did not grasp it. Thinking the gun was empty, I pulled the trigger. The gun was pointed at my gun rack, right at my most expensive guns...my Lazzeroni, my Browning highwall with exquisite wood, etc. The damage would have been catastrophic. But the gun failed to fire. I pulled the bolt back again, and the old shell ejected. I sat in my chair shaking so hard I couldn't even get on my feet. When I calmed down, I took gun and shell outside, loaded it, pulled the trigger, and the shell fired normally. I would usually never divulge an idiotic move like this, but maybe some young shooters will read this and understand how important it is to check and double check everything when working on a gun. Never ASSUME anything. Visually check everything. Stupid things are not always committed by beginners. I have been shooting high-power rifles and trapshooting for 62 years, and I pulled a move like that. So those of you with "coming of age" kids, make sure they read this and take it to heart. Sometimes a lot of experience can be dangerous because it make you think you know it all and you start cutting corners, and then you get injured or killed, or you injure or kill someone else.

Very good Point there Old teacher!! One can never get over confident in handling guns that is when bad things happen!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:06 PM
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Re: HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

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This move is so boneheaded, it will relieve all your consternations. I do not mean to one-up you, but this is the stupidest thing I have ever done with a gun or even heard of being done with a gun. I had a Beretta model 303 built in 1989. I was used to unloading semi-auto shotguns by simply working the bolt back and forth until the gun is empty, then checking the chamber and magazine to make sure I didn't miss one. I was working on the 303 because it would not allow the action to eject the shells. What I did not know, but found out when I called Beretta, in the middle of the 1989 run, they changed the unloading system for safety reasons. Now you have to physically hold in the shell block at the opening of the magazine to allow the shells in the magazine to release and eject. You also had to pull the trigger on an empty chamber before the bolt will remain in the open position. I loaded an old handload with a very dark brass base in the chamber and put two in the magazine. I then tried to unload it by working the bolt, but since I was ignorant of the change, they did not eject. I was frustrated and in a hurry by this time, and that is the worst time to work on a gun. That is a situation that gets people injured or killed. I thought I had pulled the bolt back and ejected the shell from the chamber. I held in the magazine block and took the shells out of the magazine. Then I wanted to open the bolt and keep it open, which, as I said, requires you to pull the trigger. I pulled the bolt back a little to make sure the chamber was empty, but the old, dark shell did not show up and had gone so deeply into the chamber that the bolt ejector did not grasp it. Thinking the gun was empty, I pulled the trigger. The gun was pointed at my gun rack, right at my most expensive guns...my Lazzeroni, my Browning highwall with exquisite wood, etc. The damage would have been catastrophic. But the gun failed to fire. I pulled the bolt back again, and the old shell ejected. I sat in my chair shaking so hard I couldn't even get on my feet. When I calmed down, I took gun and shell outside, loaded it, pulled the trigger, and the shell fired normally. I would usually never divulge an idiotic move like this, but maybe some young shooters will read this and understand how important it is to check and double check everything when working on a gun. Never ASSUME anything. Visually check everything. Stupid things are not always committed by beginners. I have been shooting high-power rifles and trapshooting for 62 years, and I pulled a move like that. So those of you with "coming of age" kids, make sure they read this and take it to heart. Sometimes a lot of experience can be dangerous because it make you think you know it all and you start cutting corners, and then you get injured or killed, or you injure or kill someone else.
your not alone with having a round chambered when you swore up and down that it was empty. I suspect something of that nature happens to just about anybody that uses firearms long enough. No excuses for it and unsettling as H#$l.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:17 PM
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Re: HA HA Pulled a knucklehead move today

Thanks for the sympathy, Joe. It makes me feel.....kinda better. I did not mention that the next day I installed numerous overhead lights in my gun room. You almost need eye protection when you go in there now!!!!
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