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    A cautionary tale.

    I was at the range last week, zeroing my .308 before a stalking trip. An older member turned up, with some new factory ammunition and some reloads using the supposed same powder as in the factory stuff. He had obviously pulled a factory round to get the weight of powder in them. He wanted to put both loads over his Chronograph to check the MV. Ho asked another member to fire them, as he couldn't get down on the floor. The first two, factory, went through at about 2,900fps. The third, a reload, was fired, with a hell of a bang, gas coming out of the magazine well and the shooter complaining about the recoil. The bolt had to be opened using a lump of 2x2, the primer pocket had expanded with the primer out. The headstamp was almost missing from the case but was imprinted on the bolt face. Either the powder manufacturers use is not the same as we can buy or he made a catastrophic mistake in weighing the powder. Incidentally the bullet was doing 3,700fps.

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    You can never be too sure can you....... He should never be asking someone else to validate his unproven handloads !!!!

    The reason I say this is I went to Bisley - Short Siberia a few years ago, and a `shooter` was firing his .308win, not getting good groups, and getting frustrated. His rifle was making a shocking noise when fired, and I was getting a bit uncomfortable being in the lane to his right. After a lot of cussing, and temper tantrums he stopped to let the barrel cool down, and asked me if I would shoot his rifle to see if it was him or the ammo - I said `no`. However, upon showing me his reloaded ammo.... He was firing .243 win rounds !!! Honest mistake, yes, but the potential consequences..... unreal.

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    I bet there isn't a que to fire any more of his loads. Having the headstamp imprinted on the bolt head is a nice little souvenir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilG View Post
    However, upon showing me his reloaded ammo.... He was firing .243 win rounds !!! Honest mistake, yes, but the potential consequences..... unreal.
    F###ing hell! That's pretty terrifying.

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    Darwin's Theory at work once again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iainfarthing View Post
    Darwin's Theory at work once again...

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    Why do people make such a hash of reloading? It isn't that difficult, its basically weighing ingredients and carefully assembleing, Its no more difficult than making a cake! (Having said that, I haven't made a cake since Home economics classes 25 years ago!)

    As for getting someone else to test fire your iffy loads, well, thanks but no thanks.

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    I never shoot anyone else's reloaded ammo. It is a golden rule of mine.

    The same applies to buying powder as in I only buy sealed tubs. However conscientious an individual we are all human and can make errors. If the powder is not in the official container you actually cannot be 100% certain what it is and it's asking for trouble. Just not sensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC275 View Post
    Why do people make such a hash of reloading? It isn't that difficult, its basically weighing ingredients and carefully assembleing, Its no more difficult than making a cake! (Having said that, I haven't made a cake since Home economics classes 25 years ago!)

    As for getting someone else to test fire your iffy loads, well, thanks but no thanks.

    Instant gratification culture. Nobody is as patient as they once were.

    Bish, bosh, bash. Nothing is worth doing if its not done quickly.

    Me, I was bought up making Airfix kits, not playing Nintendo.
    Yes I should have taken the Blue Pill!

    We were so busy congratulating ourself of dodging Orwells vision we marched right into Huxley's.

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    Me too and then shot them to bits with my air rifle.

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