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Old 05-30-2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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A guy came into the PD the other day to ask a favor.

He had a S&W 629 (44 Mag.) that he wanted to dispose of after a mishap at the range.*

He said there was a loud bang when he tested his new ammo, (Chinese made),
and the gun smacked him in the forehead, leaving a nice gash.*
*When the tweety birds cleared, this is what he saw ...

Bet he never uses Chinese made Ammo again!

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Old 05-30-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Sympathetic detonation????? WOW!

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Uh, Chinese ammo? My guess is that he reloaded, probably a wee bit too much.

Why do I say this?

Way back when I was a youngster, my brother-in-law got a reloading kit along with a brand new .357 S&W Model 19. He and I reloaded 50 rounds using Unique powder and his dad ( a machinist ) had double checked the scale we were measuring the charge with 4 1/2 grains. What we didn't see was a "10's" wheel under the beam of the scale set to "1". We loaded 14 1/2 grains into those casings and forced the bullet into place. Blew the cylinder in half, sheared the top strap and warped the frame. Luckily, his dad made us unload the other cylinders and fired only one round through the gun.

Classic overload!!

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Wow- did ya check the weapon and his hands for radioactivity?

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The guy was awfully lucky not to get seriously injured and it's a damn shame to destroy a nice Model 29 as well.

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I'm with dune, he had to of overloaded that ammo. I find it hard to believe that any factory loaded ammo would produce that, although anything is possible. Hate to see that happen to a beatuiful weapon.

I will also mention that is why my magnum handloads are done one step at a time for as many rounds as I'm loading. It's extremely time consuming but it makes anything unusual stand out.

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I do some HEAVY .357 Mag loads that are right at the upper edge of good. I use a powder measure that dumps onto a scale. I then move the pan to second scale, THEN into the case.

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Not to poop on your party but that photo(s) looks awfully familiar.

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I followed your links Cane and looks like it goes back to 2007.

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I do some HEAVY .357 Mag loads that are right at the upper edge of good. I use a powder measure that dumps onto a scale. I then move the pan to second scale, THEN into the case.
And that is about the best self check safety step you can do. I would bet this guy mis-measured or mis-read the charge or used a charge of one powder, substituted another powder and assumed they were the same.
Either way, I'm with CA.....What a waste of a nice pistol!!

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Not to poop on your party but that photo(s) looks awfully familiar.

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Yup...same gun!
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