Re: Case exploded today !!
Never seen a failure like this. Have had blown primers, smoked up case heads, gas cuts on bolt faces, even a slamfire that shredded the case and blew a chunk out of the stock, but nothing that ever looked just like this. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the pictures was a light powder charge that detonated instead of burning. The heavy smoke and residue are good clues to whatever it was that happened.
The brass is LC.
Looks like some major repairs to the rifle are in order. In addition to the fried extractor, the bolt itself may be damaged. You may also find some of the primer inside the firing pin hole.
A flaw in the case head is possible, but if this is reloaded brass it should have failed on the first firing. I would hang on to the case if for nothing else than as a trophy and reminder. The pictures are very good and easy to transmit for study.
I have got to do better at wearing eye protection!
Thanks for the thread, Tom
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Last edited by specweldtom; 03-02-2009 at 11:29 AM.
Reason: spelling, add LC brass