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Old 08-17-2010, 12:18 AM   #11
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Sounds like you are on a good start to get this resolved. Congrats.

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During cleaning at home, I noticed a burn or cut that I could not get to come off from the inside of the chamber (I marked the chamber at the range when the case failed). This was not there before, I throughly cleaned the gun upon purchase and I would have noticed this. I contacted Remington this morning.

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Remington contacted me back. They are sending an address label and want me to send the remaining brass and empty cases along with the box. They said if they will refund the money and if the weapon is damaged they will conver the repair costs from Smith.
Print all correspondence from Remington. Sometimes ammo/powder companies will try to welch. Send a copy of this to Rem with the split cases and to S&W with the gun. COVER YOUR ASS.
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I would take lots of pictures and keep copies of all correspondence with both companies. Remington is a good company that should stand behind their product. WTS, Reminton brass is generally considered to be thinner and softer than some others. A longitudinal split like that does happen, but normally after a few reloadings.

Definately send the revolver to S&W to be checked out. There could be a hairline crack in the cylinder. They will test it (X-ray, Magnuflux, etc) to insure it is OK. They will likely replace the cylinder to be on the safe side. They keep good records of who supplied the material that became that particular cylinder. They ned to know if there is a problem with that batch. In an extreme case, they might issue a recall to prevent an injury.

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I've used this ammo in my S&W pre-36. Could it have damaged it?

Its not a J frame, its a "baby" J frame the 5-screw model.

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I've used this ammo in my S&W pre-36. Could it have damaged it?

Its not a J frame, its a "baby" J frame the 5-screw model.
Not necessarily. But if you do have concern, let a smith check it out.

Ammo lot numbers are what Remington will be looking for. Different batches (lots) may have small variations. If a specific lot number is out of spec, then a recall could be in put effect, but only for that lot number.

If the revolver is out of spec, S&W will look at the cylinder and find out what serial numbers used the same lot number of cylinders.
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You gotta keep us updated on this one. I know most folks dig Remington, but I recently had an unpleasant experience with them on the firearms side and will try to avoid their products as much as possible.

Interesting.

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For what its worth, I had a similiar experience years ago when the .32 Magnum first came out. At the time I bought factory ammunition for the brass, as Federal did not sell empty brass. The first box had several split cases as you depict.

I contacted Federal and they had me ship the brass back to them. They, in turn sent me two boxes to replace mine. After some analysis, they determined that the ammunition had been in the presence of some caustic or corrosive atomosphere, probably in shipping.

As you have pointed out already, no harm was caused to the gun. I have had many cases fail, reloads due to brass fatigue, with no harm coming to the gun or me. Any gas that escapes is trapped by the standing breech of the revolver. Can't say how this would affect an auto pistol, may be failure to extract would be the problem, but only guessing. I have had one case head blow off of a .38 Super round, again with no harmful effect.

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