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Old 06-01-2011, 03:53 AM   #1
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Here's a picture of wrong ammo shot in handguns for a learning tool. From the left to the right
.32 auto shot in a .35 S&W
9 m/m shot in a .40 S&W
.40 S&W shot in a .45 auto
.32 H&R mag shot in a .38 spl
9 m/m shot out of battery?
The 32 I'm sure about as the guy who shot it saved an empty for me.
The rest were found and I guessed at what happened. In each case the extractor held the case tight enough for the gun to fire. You can easily see how much stronger the cases are at the base. No expansion at base. The 9 m/m that I think was out of battery is the only one I'm not very sure about. What 9 m/m would fire with the action open that far? Any other guesses? I don't think any of these harmed the gun or shooter.



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Damn that 9 on the right looks like its got a muffin top. I agree very good valuable learning tool.

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The lack of care that some people give firearms is amazing. These are the cases where no one was hurt but have you ever seen a shotgun barrel have half it's chamber blown out at 90 degrees? That guy was lucky to walk away with nothing but flash burns.

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Most glocks will fire out of battery. One reason amongst many a glock will never be in my collection.

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I am ashamed to admit it. But I once fired a .40 S&W out of a .45 acp Ruger P90. It was accidental. I was shooting the 45. I thought I was out of ammo. My wife said, "You have one left." I thought she had gotten it out of the box. When she handed it to me I didn't really look at it. I loaded it into the mag and shot it. I knew immediatly that it was not right, because there was no recoil at all. When I saw the bulged case on the ground I knew right away what happened. I said,"I can't believe I was stupid enough to put a 40 in with a box of 45." My wife said, "Actually I picked it up off the ground. I thought you dropped it" No damage to the gun or us.

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I wonder what would have happened if these are steel or aluminum cased ammo. I am assuming it won't be pretty.

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Wow this thread is eye opening.

Thank goodness I own a .357 Mag/.38 Spec. & a .45 ACP and the ammo doesn't mix as far as I know because fecess happens.

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Thats the reason I ask questions about gun cartridges I'm not sure of. I make enough mistakes accidently without making them out of ignorance. Show and Tell is always good. Thanks

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Great post and instructive photo, that's for taking the time to post this. I've never (yet, fingers crossed) made this mistake but I have occasionally picked up a loose round out of my range box and been briefly tempted to chamber it without checking the head stamp. This thread is a good reminder to NEVER do that!

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I've never had that happen, but have always been aware of the possibility. For this reason whenever I take more than one gun to the range, I take two that are drastically different in cartridge size, such as a .357 Mag and a .45 Colt, or a .22 RF and .357. Never take a .44 and a .45 Colt, as the two are too near in size.

Worked for me for over sixty years.

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