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Old 03-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #11
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Very odd indeed! Are there any "official" reports from ammo manufacturers selling in England??

Arent you guys on a strick allotment basis as far as ammo? Turn in 20 cases, get 20 rounds?
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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The only way this situation has come to light is through shooting websites and thank God it has, I get the feeling nothing would have been said if there hadn't been such widespread negative publicity. It is being reported that sales of HMR in the UK have plummetted as has ammunition usage, so folks already owning HMR's are electing to use a different calibre of weapon until this thing pans out and they can make a more informed decision.
When a Section 1 Firearms Certificate is granted the weapon is named and the quantity of ammunition it takes, for a HMR it could be buy 1,000 hold 1,200, however for deer calibre rifles which obviously won't have so many rounds through them it may be buy 500 hold 600 this can be varied according to the expected usage. We don't "turn cases in", I'm not sure where that came from, I have hundreds of 6.5x55 cases waiting to be reloaded, in fact the quantity authorised to be held is increased if the S1 holder intends to reload.
I believe there was a public acceptance of the poblem (see a previous post) by one of the importers, plus in I think all cases the damaged rifles have been or are going to be replaced, an acceptance of responsibility in most law courts.
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The Squib round doesn't cause the explosion...its that bullet from the short-powder-load-round being stuck in the barrel
when you load & fire the Next Round that causes a Kaboom! Much like having mud stuck in the end of a barrel...very bad.

If you hear a funny POW when you fire, Always stop and check your weapon...chances are high something is very wrong.
Happens to .22LR's a lot, especially with Remington Golden Bullet ammo.

Its the reason I always carry a 3-piece cleaning rod to the range, along with a full cleaning kit...
never know what'll happen any particular day...best to be prepared
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More rounds coming to light with small cracks in the neck of the case, once moisture gets in it's obvious what is going to happen.
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Did some research, found some mention of split necks, usually on the BLUE tipped Hornady ammo that seems to be made for the Euro market (ours here in the States usually have red polymer tips) Cracks are being attributed to lack of annealing of rimfire cases (they are primed, then necked, so no annealing possible)
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