A blown barrel, what would you do?
I had a barrel balloon/blow up on me in Feb 07. I brought the barrel straight from the manufactuer in 02ish, chambered for 284win. I'm a machinist by trade and fitted then fluted the barrel. Fired 2-300 shots with no worries, I brought a 2-8 leupold for it and was sighting it in. I fired 3 shots at target then went to check it with the rfile barrel down on passenger floor. Adjusted scope then came back to fire another 3, first shot and the barrel explodes. Pulverises my thumb, blows stock off at front action screw and blows objective off scope at end of tube. I bandage my thumb and pick rifle up off ground then head to hospital 2hrs away. All the way running over why it happened. All I could think of was an obstruction in barrel off ute floor or something to do with the fluting. The loads were all the same with no pressure signs, the fluting had more wall thickness than the Model 7 308 barrel I'd pulled off. I copt a heap of **** from mates about being a backyard gunsmith etc.
Then the other night I was reading about another guys dramas on an aussie site and the same barrel manufacturer was mentioned as a possible cause, my ears (eyes) pricked and after some more questions and answers I found out the barrel guys had a bad batch of barrels from the same time as when I brought mine and there were other barrels that had done the same as mine. A recall notice was posted on their site and all their brand of barrels were banned from ranges and competition until tested. I never receiced any notices. So I sent them an email with pics of barrel and thumb and was contacted by phone the next day. This guy has only owned the business for 2 yrs and said he will contact the old owner who now lives in NZ to get in contact with me, but basically he doesn't want anything to do with it. I'm pissed off now that I think it wasn't my fault and think I should be reimbursed the cost of barrel, scope and stock or have them replaced. I'm out of pocket $1400 in materials, without the 2 weeks off work.
What do you guys think??
Cant figure out how to post a pic!
Last edited by gedsar; 08-15-2009 at 05:22 PM.