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Old 08-05-2012, 03:12 AM   #21
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OK so its not totally covered in soot like it seems to me to look like in the picture?

Hows the barrel look?

And if you've had it for so long do you have a rough estimate as to the round count and what kind of ammo you mostly shoot in it?

Isn't it the one with the scandium/aluminum alloy frame?

If so,and its got a high round count perhaps of the hotter stuff then it might likely just be metal fatigue.

I still hope S&W replaces your loss.Guns shouldn't do that under normal use.Some minor parts breakage and repair,perhaps,but not this.

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one of the big reasons i use reloads primarily with very very little factory ammo is several incidents involving hangfires and squibs. fortunately none of them involved exploding a gun. the last one was a squib with factory ammo in my sigp220. gun kinda half@ssed recoiled didnt cycle so i checked the barrel bullet still in the gun barrel. had to pound it out with a hammer and dowel rod.


pmc has a bad rep for really hot loads. i dont use it ever. but then im not a big fan of factory ammo.

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That's some scary shiitake mushroom there. Glad U R OK.

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I had a Remington .44mag round squib and lodge in the barrel on a Model 29. Second shot I ever fired from the gun. It just didn't sound right and something made me stop and check. It was lodged about halfway up the barrel.

20 years later I still have the mangled bullet. I get a shiver up my spine every time I see it.

OP glad you are ok.

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Is the barrel clear or plugged with a bullet??? Clear!! s&w owes you a new pistol. If you have shoot 10 years worth of 357 mags you may have found the life cycle of there scandium revolvers. Glad all fingers are attached and working. Scarry looking kaboom.

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What bullet weight?

I've seen warnings against 110gr and lighter in j frames by the factory material.

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The ammo was 158 gr JSP. I've shot mostly .38 special and +P. The .357 rounds sting a little! Total number of rounds over the years, not sure. This was mainly CCW and I shoot my autoloaders mostly. I would usually shoot 20-50 rounds with this.

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After seeing that the barrel is clear I would say it is metal fatigue. maybe s&w will give you a choice in a replacement.

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Please be sure to post S&W's response to your problem.

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Yeah, I'm gonna say metal fatigue but not rule out an overpressure load entirely.

Again,I'm very glad no one was hurt.

And please,as many of the other members have asked,keep us posted!

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