Funny reloading experiences

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by AIKIJUTSU, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Have any of youse guys ever had a funny thing happen while reloading, or as a result of an error in reloading?
    I had a "first" happen to me last night when I was cooking up some .45 ACP ammo. I use a Lee turret press, but I have deactivated the auto-indexing feature, so I can size, decap and prime a box of 50, then flare and charge the same 50, then seat and crimp the 50. It usually goes faster for me that way.
    Well, I got to where I was flaring and charging, but I was having trouble weighing the charges (I use a dipper and a scale, rather than an automagic feed). I'd weigh a charge, then put the dipper down to pick up the pan and dump the powder into the funnel, but before I got hold of the pan, I'd notice that the scale was showing the charge to be a little heavy sometimes, and a little light other times, so I'd have to reweigh it. Finally my eyes caught some movement, so I took a good look. There was a little bitty bug crawling on the scale beam, from one end to the other. When he was close to the end supporting the powder pan, the charged looked heavy, and when he was close to the end with the pointer, the charge looked light. So I had to get the critter off the scale (I killed his sorry a$$), dump all the powder out of the cartridges and start over. :D
     
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  2. hairbear1

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    Some years ago my son who was about 12 or so(now almost 17) was watching me reloading some .222 cases and somehow a primer got jammed sideways in the primer pocket.
    Much gnashing of teeth and a few choice words didn't help that I had a few beers under the belt(yep I know beer and bang sticks etc don't mix).

    I looked at the stuff up and thought :"Bugger it I'll use a pocket knife and lever the primer out of the pocket".

    No.1 son is standing about 5' away from me and I jam the tip of the pocket knife into the primer pocket and start levering away when there was a big "BANG!" and the tip of pocket knife disappeared God knows where. The son was standing there bug eyed and I don't think I was much better.
     

  3. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    There is nothing FUNNY about an error while reloading. An error while reloading can blow your face off or worse kill you.

    Not sure anyone can find that funny.
     
  4. c3shooter

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    And you wonder just HOW did that bit of .243 brass get mixed in with the 30-06.... as the handle of the press DROPS all the way, whacking your knuckles against the bench....
     
  5. dustinoif3

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    Here's a funny one. I was reloading 9mm on my dillon. I think I was at 60 or so and I was in a little groove. Anyways on station 3 I noticed the case looked different than the others. It had already been sized, flared and powdered. So what do I do? You guessed it. I put a bullet on top of it and drove on. After it ejected down into my bin I picked it up and noticed a LOT of bullet sticking out. I turned it over and sure as hell. It was a 380 case.
     
  6. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    That woulda been interesting to fire, if it could be chambered.
     
  7. JW357

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    I did the exact same thing a few weeks ago. Decided to risk it and try to shoot it. Yes it chambered and fired fine. No I didn't police that piece of brass (I don't own a .380 so I didn't need it anyway).

    When I started handloading a few weeks ago, I had several primers blow up because I was hammering too hard. Not really funny I guess, just a little nerve wracking.
     
  8. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    It's not so scary and dangerous as some people would like to believe. I've been pretty lucky, I guess. I've been reloading for 24 years, never had a squib load, never blew up a gun. But sometimes things happen that make you go "hmmmmmmm". It's good to be able to laugh about them and keep on strokin'.
    :)
     
  9. rn-cindy

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    i dont know a thing about reloading, but in the winter when RG is loading shotgun shells down in the basement with the furnace, i wonder if she's gonna blow us up. You can smell the powder if you go down there.
     
  10. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Nah, she won't blow you up. She could throw a full canister of powder in the furnace and it wouldn't blow up. It would burn really fast and generate a lot of stinking gas, but it wouldn't blow up the furnace. To detonate, smokeless powder has to be confined in a really strong container (like a strong steel pipe with steel plugs at both ends, or a pressure cooker) to build up enough pressure to explode.
     
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  11. rn-cindy

    rn-cindy Active Member

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    Thanks....one less thing to worry about.....:)
     
  12. unclebear

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    I guess this counts as reloading my cousin just bought a remake of a 50 cal hawkin I don't remember who made it and we were out shooting it. So I leave because I need a cigerette and being smart I didn't want to smoke near the black powder I guess I'm funny like that. Well I come back and he fired a round off and he was getting ready to reload well he couldn't find the fiberglass ram rode that we had been using. After a few minutes of looking something kinda popped into my head so I went down range and got looking around all I found was a few chunks of the ram rode and one of the metal ends.

    So my cousin shot his ram rode out of his 50 cal hawkins, everyone was ok and the gun wasn't damaged but I made a new ram rode for him for range use that's longer so he won't forget it again.
     
  13. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    So, instead of the old "He shot his wad", this guy "shot his rod". :D
     
  14. robocop10mm

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    Sure there is. An error that is caught before it can cause any damage can be funny
     
  15. CHLChris

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    Kinda like my only negligent discharge (pulling a trigger when I thought the shotgun was empty) is only a fun story to tell because I was at a range, on the line, and the muzzle was pointed in the correct direction.

    Scared the CRAP out of me, though, I must admit.

    Some mistakes are okay to laugh about!
     
  16. gunnut07

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    Not in my eyes. I take my loading serious. If you make a mistake and are lucky enough to catch it. You need to stop what you are doing and figure out what went wrong for that to happen. Then you need to take steps to make sure it doesn't ever happen again.

    Reloading is dangerous business I have been reloading for over 30 years and nothing has ever happened. I just don't find mistakes when dealing with reloading funny ever. Do people not realize that you are making an explosive device That in rifles you are putting your face within 4" of it? We are talking about tens of thousands of pounds of pressure Near your face or in your hand.

    This thread just scares me. To see so many that take reloading so carelessly is mind boggling.
     
  17. JW357

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    I wouldn't say we take it carelessly. Ok maybe shooting the .380 case loaded to light 9mm load specs was careless on my part.

    But to say that just because we can laugh about something we did wrong (and caught it before it was an issue or caused damaged or harm) makes us careless, well I suppose that's your opinion. I am fully confident in my reloads, despite having only been reloading for 2 years. And it also happens to be a hobby of mine, which I get enjoyment out of.

    It's a lot harder to enjoy hobbies when you're 100% serious 100% of the time (especially AFTER the fact, whichs what this thread is).

    Shooting can be a perfectly dangerous hobby too. That's why we follow safety rules while engaging in shooting. The same goes for reloading. It doesn't mean we have to be a robot.
     
  18. Anna_Purna

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    I am in the middle of one that is happening to me these past 2 weeks. Once I get it worked out I'll post it here and have a good laugh.
     
  19. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    In the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka; "lighten up Francis".

    Yes reloading (and shooting, and fueling up your car) is a serious operation. If we cannot laugh at mistakes (that do not kill or maim) what is the point of living? NO ONE is saying that blowing your hand off or blinding yourself is funny. This is about those little oopses that are caught before they cause any damage.
     
  20. robocop10mm

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    Oh, and I have been loading for over 35 years. I still see out of both eyes and have 10 fingers. Have I made mistakes? Sure. I learned from them and moved forward