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    Exclamation Time to stop and think

    Guys I was the closest to a gun exploding yesterday than I have ever been in my life. I'm putting this in large font because I want everyone who reloads to read it and take the time to stop and think. Every month I shoot a Military Bolt Action Bench Rest competition at my local club. It's a great bunch of guys who all know each other well and are all excellent shots and reloaders. I was at position 15 and we were on the last relay of the shoot. I was on my 5th round out of ten when an HUGE BOOM happened next to me at position 16. I also immediately felt a stinging in my right elbow. I made safe and looked over to see one of my friends bleeding, his glasses lopsided on his face and his 1903-A3 Smith-Carona in many pieces all around us. I got to him immediately expecting the worst (metal sticking out of his face or missing fingers) but much to my relief he just had several minor cuts all over his face and forehead. The gun was mangled and in many, many splintered pieces (pictures will be posted tomorrow). Of course the line went to an immediate cease fire and we started to gather things that were once a prized, high dollar firearm. The sound, the force all led everyone to the same conclusion......a double charge. The 30-06 round normally puts out 39,000 PSI with a speed of 2900 fps, but we load down to reduce recoil since we are just shooting at 100 yards. This brings down the power to the neighborhood of 30,000 PSI, but a double charge is at least 60,000 PSI.

    My point with all of this is, when we are reloading it is all to easy to make a mistake. No one was trying out a "super hot" load or doing any type of experimentation. Don't allow yourself to hurry, to load while tired, to be distracted, to do anything that will allow your focus to shift for even a few seconds. If you haven't already done so then establish a set routine, one that allows you to check your powder charge in each and every round. Use a probe marked for go or NO go, weigh each round, do whatever you need to do to make absolutely sure you don't make a very easy and simple mistake.......a double load of powder.

    I know several will read this and tell of what they do to make sure the same thing doesn't happen. Others may comment about him being irresponsible, careless or other thoughts. That is not the reason for this post, it's a plain and simple request for you to review your own procedures and make changes if they are necessary.

    Yes, the Chief RSO was summoned and an investigation is still on going. The shooter/loader and my friend is still stinging, embarrassed, sad, and many other things but thank God he and the rest of us are alive. At the end of the day we all went home, and as I learned a long time ago as a cop, that is all that is important.

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    Glad you didn't get hurt any worse than you did.
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    Sorry, the site kicked me off in the middle of typing.
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    Thanks for sharing that story with us...

    Lots of things to remember when shooting guns with live ammunition...
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    Glad your shooting buddy is OK.
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    Thnkx for the reminder that attention is the up-most important thing when reloading !

    All to often we get complacent or our attention gets diverted for a short time and this is when something can occur.


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    It can certianly happen to anyone. I am glad everyone is ok.
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    Time to stop and think

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    The one with the barrel shows brass. That is the 30-06 case welded in the chamber with the head blown off.

    Thanks for all the well wishes
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    wow!

    Do you think that he just inadvertently doubled up on the charge when he intended to put a normal charge in? I don't know anything about reloading, but it seems like that would make the bullet stick out of the casing higher than normal.

    glad he wasn't hurt. I've seen pictures like that posted at a range that I have gone to of a handgun that exploded. They post them to justify why they only let you shoot ammo that they sell!

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    Time to stop and think

    Why we must all remember to be careful and that we are literally making explosives!


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