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I had a misfire today,

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default I had a misfire today,

Pulled the trigger, the firing pin hit but the shell did not fire. I didn't realize this until I ejected the shell and picked it up. My buddy found a hole which we tossed it in.

Has this ever happened to anyone? What would be the correct way to dispose of the shell?

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Old 02-01-2010, 06:03 AM   #2
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It happens. I've heard of several reasons why this happens. I always assume when I have a dud or find a live round on the range that it was a slow burning primer and that thing is going to go off when I pick it up. Best case scenario, nothing happens. Worst case scenario, it goes off full tilt with a case now have to wipe with your left hand. I'm only assuming, I've only seen the hunter safety course photos of the guy who tries to reload using bathroom scale and blows himself up.

I wouldn't say you did anything wrong, but I definitely would not hang onto the round. You did the right thing by putting it somewhere where it was no longer a danger to anyone else.

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i always attempt a second strike on a dud.

every range ive visited has dud buckets.

most squib/dud buckets have a light oil or solvent in them which will seep the bullet/case seal and render the powder inert.
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Originally Posted by willfully armed View Post
i always attempt a second strike on a dud.
I do that also. My 30-30 sometimes strikes the primer light, so I keep the rifle pointed downrange and try again. It has done this maybe 3 times and has always gone off the second try.

It hasn't done that since I've started hand-loading.
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Basically, there are two options here:ammo failure or weapon failure.

Did you take a look at the primer? Did it have a good, solid hit or was the indentation too shallow?

If the shotgun was clean and in good working order, have a gunsmith take a look at it just for good measure. If it was a problem with the ammo, don't worry about it. Just avoid that brand for serious uses.

Most ranges have a "dud box" to dispose of unfired ammo, ask one of the instructors or range employees.
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When ever I get a "dud" I wait a minute or so to make sure it's not a slow burn. If nothing happens then I remove the round from the receiver and dispose of it properly.
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I've had it happen in the past. A couple of rounds, over the years, of cheap wad cutters for my .44 mag did this. Leave it in the gun for a couple of minuets with the barrel pointing down to the dirt/ground and away from others, then dispose of round in a safe manner and place.

I hate this when it happens.
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I'm a cheap bastage. After exercising the proper "wait one minute wtih muzzle pointed down range" I take the round home, dismandle it and reuse the bullet and case. In the case of shotgun ammo, I cut them open and salvage the shot.

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