Dangerous handloads

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by zoeper, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. zoeper

    zoeper Well-Known Member

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    I saw something this weekend that makes my hair stands up.
    At the range a guy was shooting his 308 built on a p14 action. After firing, the primer pockets was blown out to almost twice the diameter. Also the diameter of the base of the case was blown out quite a bit. The chap shooting the rifle seemed unphased about this and simply carried on shooting those loads claiming that the action can take it. I had a look at the bolt face and the recess in the head of the boltface was also quite a bit bigger than the base of a standard round. (i suspect it might have been cut for .303) and the expansion of the base would suggest that part of the cartridge was not in the chamber.

    What do you do when come across something like this? (other than running)
     
  2. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    Get as far away as you can. If running doesnt work, fly, but get away.
     

  3. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

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    If this was an "OPEN" range with NO supervision, running would be the best bet. If it was a supervised range, for the safety of all at the range, I would have notified the range officer and had him handle the guy. If he did not or would not, I don't know if I would go back there.
    Dave
     
  4. Back away keep slowly keeping your eye on said moron. Once a safe distance is reached turn and run. And thank God that stupid isn't an airborne virus.
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    What is it that Ron White ( The comedian) says " There is no cure for stupid "

    But I would have to tell the person that it was very dangerous and he/she should
    stop immediately to avoid serous injury to him and his rifle.

    If this did not stop him/her then I would try to clear the range of all other people and
    tell that person that everyone was going to leave so he should go ahead and call 911
    because he would need them and no one would be there to help when the rifle blew up.

    THEN RUN LIKE HELL
    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    I have overloaded hundreds of guns.
    It is like handling poisonous snakes or climbing mountains.
    You can get hurt at any time if you don't know what you are doing.
    I have never been hurt, but I started out pulling a trigger string.
    My father started out with trigger strings in the 1940's.

    If it were not for all my father's gun designs, I might not be able to afford so many guns to overload.

    But there are rewards for destructive testing. One can get closer to the truth.
    But most people should not handle snakes, climb Mt Everest, or overload guns.
    Most people should just follow the instructions in their load manuals.
     
  7. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    ???? Don't take this the wrong way, but these two sentences in sequence struck me as funny.
     
  8. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    Huckleberry Finn 1855
     
  9. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    A classic and a good chuckle!
     
  10. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Why would you want to over load so many guns?
     
  11. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    To see what happens, much like the first chapter in Ackley's 1966 book, "The strength of military actions..Actual tests".