.223 explosion!

Mike Matteson

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i have several press. In loading 12 gauge I use one load for hunting. The only thing I change is shot size. I do that for both my 12 gauge and 28 gauge. I have set ups for 20 gauge also. Both are P/W pressures. I also have Dillion 1050 pressure, but never have put it into action. Other than the P/W press. I start from the beginning to set up to reload. Only one of each. Primers, Powder, Bullets, Cases, and dies. With what I have read here. I am going to set up a printed sheet in Large Print. Put it in a protective cover and hang it over the reload bench, showing what I am or have been reloading at the time.
Glad he wasn't hurt anymore than that. The rifle needs to go into the trash can.
 

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My buddy was distracted when gathering up his components to reload his Weatherby 30-378 and accidentally grabbed the blue dot powder instead of h1000. As you can imagine over 100 grains of pistol powder topped off with a 180 grain bullet and it didn’t go well. We couldn’t beat the bolt open so he sent it to Weatherby. They actually gave him partial credit towards a new rifle!
 
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Chris Montana

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In these times of component shortages you need to be able to adapt what you've got to do what you want- even if the book tells you NEVER,EVER to do it. Lee's old book was the best, but he's gone across the Great Divide and the folk who run it now aren't quite so open minded. I've got 8 lbs of Buffalo Rifle, plenty of bullets and primers...and I like to shoot my magnum rifles- but I don't like the recoil or paying $50/lb for powder. Wish they published loads for it.
 

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My buddy was distracted when gathering up his components to reload his Weatherby 30-378 and accidentally grabbed the blue dot powder instead of h1000. As you can imagine over 100 grains of pistol powder topped off with a 180 grain bullet and it didn’t go well. We couldn’t beat the bolt open so he sent it to Weatherby. They actually gave him partial credit towards a new rifle!
Wow! It can happen to anyone. Glad he's okay.
 

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One of the things I learned during the different firearms courses I've taken was triple checking chambers when clearing a weapon. I was taught to visually and physically check a chamber three times when clearing a weapon. I do the same with a lot of things. Checking powders is one of those things. And I'll leave the components on the table along with the loading data. That way I'll look to see if all my data/ specs is correct even while I'm loading. Call me paranoid but I like to avoid issues.
 

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I made a mistake one time. I went duck hunting with a buddy who was a former MP. He fired a squib when a bunch of ducks were flying by us at a furious pace. I told him "Squib load!!! Check your weapon!!!". And went on to trying to get more ducks. I assumed he knew what a squib load was since he had formal firearms training like me. But that was a poor choice on my part. He ejected the shell and looked in his chamber. And then loaded another shell and KABOOM. Peeled open the barrel like a banana and split the fore end in half. He didn't know what a squib was, and I haven't assumed that anyone else does either ever since then.
 

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I hope he is okay. It can happen to any of us if we get distracted or break Protocol. It happened to me with a 6.5 Creedmoor and Superformance by getting distracted by wife a n d dog..Destroyed my rifle. All I got was fragments in my face.
Last time I got distracted a tractor run over me long story 7 weeks in the hospital at 27 yrs of age , now I pay attention.
 

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I made a mistake one time. I went duck hunting with a buddy who was a former MP. He fired a squib when a bunch of ducks were flying by us at a furious pace. I told him "Squib load!!! Check your weapon!!!". And went on to trying to get more ducks. I assumed he knew what a squib load was since he had formal firearms training like me. But that was a poor choice on my part. He ejected the shell and looked in his chamber. And then loaded another shell and KABOOM. Peeled open the barrel like a banana and split the fore end in half. He didn't know what a squib was, and I haven't assumed that anyone else does either ever since then.
Bet he will never forget what a squib load is now.
 

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Bet he will never forget what a squib load is now.
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I'm going to go inspect it. Rifle length gas tube, so you wouldn't think it was gas tube induced pressure. He used a cheaper PSA BCG and lower kit. Hodgdon list 24.4 of CFE as max load and he was at 27.5 gr. He told me that they were all 2.26 COL. Maybe he had some small case volume type brass. 27.5 of cfe is a pretty full case and 80 gr is longer. Probably making for a very compressed powder load. 90 degree day.

I've popped primers in the past in various rifles. I wonder if over time because he said that rifle has been shot hundreds of times previously that the BCG developed cracks.

Look at the sheared point in the picture. The BCG is a hollow tube and the metal is thin near the sliding guide area that came apart. The mag well is definitely explosion expanded.

Scratching my head on what is going on.
 
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