What blew up my gun?

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  1. sw282

    sw282 Well-Known Member

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    LH.. Was that the Wildey pistol you are speaking of? The one Charles Bronson used in one of his ''Death Wish'' movies??
     
  2. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

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    he said equivalent of 5x the powder
     
  3. antelopedundee

    antelopedundee Well-Known Member

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    He said the equivalent of 5 times the max load. A .357 mag with a 125 grain JHP bullet can tolerate about 20 grains of WW 296 easily. 20 grains of Bullseye might not be so tolerable. it was often said that double charges of Bullseye would demolish most revolvers.
     
  4. Coyote_Hunter

    Coyote_Hunter Well-Known Member

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    That's what I was thinking as well. I load 35g Varget with 55g bullets in my .22-250 and it's not a max load.

    Question for the OP - do you trim your cases? If so, how far back do you trim them and is it possible you missed one?
     
  5. normyt

    normyt Active Member

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    It's always possible I missed one.

    I pulled all remaining reloads from this batch (approx. 20)
    Powder looked like powder in 1lb bottle (not powdered or anything)
    Case length were all between 1.88" & 1.91" ( in spec.)
    All cases had 34.6gn of Varget except 5had 35gn, 3 had 36gn & 1 had 37gn
    I went back to Hornady Load Book and 34.6gn is absolute Max for 55Gn V-Max bullet
    The loads I've been making are for 50Gn V-Max bullet. (which I used previously)
    Max amount of Varget I could get in a 22-250 case is 39gn
     
  6. LDHunter

    LDHunter Well-Known Member

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    I had a friend put a 270 Winchester round in his 270WSM Ruger M77 and when it went off it destroyed the action. Noone hurt...
     
  7. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

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    Huh?
     
  8. MNbogboy

    MNbogboy Well-Known Member

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    Somebody gave you mis-information.
    Impossible to get it in without a 2 pound hammer....or did it go off hammering it in?
     
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    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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  10. turkeyfever

    turkeyfever Well-Known Member

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    I know how I reload and the steps that I go thru to do it. They don't vary too much. I personally don't believe that over charged chases were the problem. I think that cleaning media could have been stuck in the case to cause the case to fail from over pressure. Just my 2 cents worth.
     
  11. TwoMore

    TwoMore Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    270 win is .284 longer at the shoulder than 270 wsm, the wsm is almost .100 bigger in diameter at the shoulder so it wouldnt even start to chamber
     
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  13. DSheetz

    DSheetz Well-Known Member

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    All we can really do is speculate . reassembly and testing so as to reenact , without the explosion , the event are probably the best way to get the best answer . I've seen this done with large high speed fans . They do it with aircraft as well as other things .
     
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  14. del2les

    del2les Well-Known Member

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    Just a couple of possibles. Since your powder wts aren't consistent, were you loading with a powder measure instead of scale? If so, it is possible you had a "bridge" on one load that then broke free and overcharged the next load. OR, and I have seen this a few times over the decades, a heavier wt bullet found its way into your box of 55's. These mistakes can come from the factory or a lose bullet was mistakenly placed into the wrong box. I.e. a 60gr Hornady placed into a 55gr box. Just last year, I found a 147gr 9mm in a factory box of 124gr Gold Dot bullets. In past, I have found 180gr in a 165gr 30 cal. box, a 158gr in a 125gr XTP box, etc.
     
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