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Dodged a bullet?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by njl, Jan 14, 2012.


  1. njl

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    I was loading a small batch of .45 tonight, and then random sampled a few to gauge. This one wouldn't quite go in. On closer inspection, I noticed what appears to be a crack in the base of the brass. I wonder what would have happened had it chambered and been fired from my 21? I'm not going to find out. It's in my impact puller and will be taken apart tomorrow.

    Sorry about the poor iphone pic...I didn't feel like breaking out the real camera.

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  2. Roger2fan

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    Your smart not to fire that!!
     

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    Give it to Jack, he will shoot anything with a little super glue for added safety.
     
  4. Steve Koski

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    What is the head stamp?
     
  5. njl

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    Win NT. It's from a flat rate box of presumably once-fired small primer brass I bought from a guy on the BE forum.
     
  6. ron59

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    This is why I case gauge EVERY SINGLE ROUND I load. And I shoot 1500 or so rounds a month. It really doesn't take that long.
     
  7. njl

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    I pulled that cracked one, and I can see the crack on the inside...so it's all the way through.
     
  8. Dogue

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    Good find...that could have been nasty and of course the haters would have said it was the Glocks fault.
     
  9. njl

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    Maybe it was. Judging from the firing pin impression on the primers, most of this lot of brass was previously fired in Glocks.
     
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    Yep case gauge
     
  11. WiskyT

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    Just chamber it with the crack at the twelve o'clock position.
     
  12. halfmoonclip

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    Odd. Never saw a crack in that end of the case before.
    Just as well that you didn't shoot it.
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  13. fredj338

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    I found one sim to that case gaging the other day too. If placed @ the 12:00 as WT notes, it would have likely fired fine, but why bother?:dunno:
     
  14. minderasr

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    That's a pretty nice close-up for a "poor iphone pic"! Does your real camera focus down to the molecular level?

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  15. njl

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    Not quite molecular, but I do have a couple of proper micro lenses that can get good quality real close up.