Stronger words are indicated, but its a public forum. Short version MY reloads blew up in a kids face this weekend. His physical injuries were fortunately minor 3 stitches worth. He is holding up well psychologically. Kids perspective when do we go again-and dang that's the rifle you were giving me! Description of events-plan was for him to use my 6mm Remington as he is 10, and not exposed to recoil. This rifle failed a pre-range test of the safety. So I decided to load my 30-06 down to about 30-30 levels. Looking at resources on the shelf I chose some 180 grain Hornady round nose that have been around a while, and some 168 Bergers, brand new Lapua cases, Federal 210 primers, and Accurate Arms 5744. Both bullets shot extremely well at 32 grains, but recoil was a bit more than I desired, and I went with 29 grains very low book in the sources I had. We shot a handful of these in the morning with great results. Pop cans and pine cones dying every time. This trip was mostly about him shooting, so while I was changing out of damp clothes a friend set up another can and had helped him shoot, hit the can dead center first shot. Second one all hell broke loose, I could tell from the sound it was wrong before the yelling started. Hands were numb mostly, cheek swollen small cut over right eye, small peppery looking spots of small fragments. Yes he had headphones, no on glasses, I wear glasses all the time, and take for granted they are there. Nearly an unforgiving mistake as the eyelid had a small ding that did not reach his eye. God looks after children and old fools I guess. Post event analysis-Possibility one, I double charged a case. I don't use a loading block, I pull a primed case from a bag, powder directly from the scale, checked visually under the over head light as a I turn and seat a bullet on a press on a second bench behind me. Scale/Measure calibrated before use, and verified with check weight. Only one powder on the bench. I did pause a time or two when my feet got cold on the basement floor. I wish I had a security camera to tell you for sure it wasn't doubled. Second possibility it was a low charge incident. I was using 5744 as its purported to be for this type of use with no filler. I've used it in other cases, and have used other powders and low charges in cast bullets, and fireforming, and was very conscious while loading that a double charge would be disaster, and an under charge could be as well. In no way take this as an indictment of the powder as either way its 100% on me. It was the first thought that came to mind as soon as I heard the shot, and it nags at me yet. The young man went to school knowing he would be teased, I submit this to you my peers so I walk a mile in his shoes. Comments of any kind welcome, nothing can be said to worsen my sense of failure. Especially to you fathers and grandfathers getting flack about exposing kids to risk with firearms I'm sorry, as I'm now the poster child for why folks feel that way.