Some time ago I received some homeloads when I bought a secondhand gun. These were .45Colt gallery loads that "shot really well", according to the seller of the gun. He didn't want any money for them and so they were duly signed over. Since they were being shot through the same gun I thought they be good for plinking/practice etc.
Back home the ammunition was locked away and I shot the gun for years using my own homeloads.
Today I decided to free up some space in the cabinet so took the donated rounds to the range, along with some of my usual homeloads.
The donated loads were total gash. So much so I thought the sight was loose, or the gun damaged in some way. To my relief, when I used my own loads she shot as beautifully as ever:
I inspected the remaining donated loads: primer-seating was uneven, variable OAL, some shaved bullets, one backwards primer...
...and this hidden gem. Can you spot it:
It's a 44mag case that's been through a 45Colt die set and has been stuffed with a .454 bullet instead of a .429 :
It doesn't show well in the pic (on the left) but the whole round is kinked!
Moral of the story- there's no such thing as a free lunch!