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Error that costed me a reloading session...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Glock21sf-miami, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Glock21sf-miami

    Glock21sf-miami

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    On the weekend I sat down to load a hundred rounds of .45. In one of the strokes, something jammed the rotation of the shellplate (LNL AP) and I had to move the ram up and down a bit to get it unstuck. I visually checked the powder on the cases and moved on.
    A day went by and I started to doubt the charge was correct on the the case under the powder drop at the moment of the stoppage. I couldn't take this off my mind because I load at the max on the manual. Since I had not identified the case or triple checked the powder charges, I decided to disassemble the hundred rounds I had made and assembled them again.... I lost a reloading session but at least I am at peace knowing that all my rounds are prefect. An error reloading can be a very costly one...

    The lesson is: make really, really sure you check everything when something interrupts your loading process....
     
  2. michael e

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    Yea pulling a few rounds apart isnt fun, but its better than a gun blowing up on you. I have a light mounted over my powder feed and check every round. Its just out of habit now, but a good habit.
     


  3. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    OP, many thanks for also considering my safety, should we ever end up at the same range.

    One quality control item I'd like to reinforce... Check the powder level in every case as you reload. Prior to starting a reloading session, intentionally double charge a case so that you know what such a charge would look like.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  4. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

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    This has happened to me in the past - same press, same situation. The first time, I believe I ended up pulling 10-20 bullets from that session. Since then, if *anything* causes the press to not complete a proper cycle, i pull all 5 shells off the plate, and then manually load each one-by-one until I can "reset" the full sequence.

    Better safe than sorry when it comes to things like this. You did the right thing.

    thorn
     
  5. Beanie-Bean

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    Excellent advice.

    That may have cost you the reloading session, but could very well have save you and/or others from injury, and damage to your firearm.

    I've adopted the gooseneck lamp method of checking powder levels on the 550, so I can see if I've double-charged or missed a charge.

    Glad to hear that you lived to reload another day with everything intact.
     
  6. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    May, might have, maybe, could of... did you find anything worth worrying about? Next time isolate and label the offender.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  7. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Safety first. Then everything else comes into play.
     
  8. JBnTX

    JBnTX Texas

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    That's what you call responsible reloading.
    I wish everyone did it.

    :thumbsup:
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

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    Your supposed to shoot the rounds out of a Glock and then blame the KB on the gun.
     
  10. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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  11. unclebob

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    Or Tightgroup.
     
  12. I feel your pain, I have taken apart just over 100 rds out of 600 or so from "creeping doubt". So far all are good.
     
  13. ruger rcm

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    This has happened to me in the past - same press, same situation. The first time, I believe I ended up pulling 10-20 bullets from that session. Since then, if *anything* causes the press to not complete a proper cycle, i pull all 5 shells off the plate, and then manually load each one-by-one until I can "reset" the full sequence.

    Better safe than sorry when it comes to things like this. You did the right thing.


    This is exactly what I do also.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  14. cole

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    Agreed.

    In 9mm, I pretty much can't mess up the powder charge in an unsafe way given fill volume with Unique and a 124gr. I look into every case.

    In .45acp 230gr LRN, not as foolproof with Bullseye, but still difficult as I can run up to 5.2gr, but run only 3.8gr or so. The fill difference is noticeable looking into the case.

    Having no powder is a concern IMO. Get a squib and ram that sucker with the next round is not good.

    If you are running loads near the limit the more caution needed IMO. You have so little room for error and variance at the top end. And, same goes for 9mm and other small volume loads.
     
  15. SCmasterblaster

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    That's my favorite propellant! I use it in .45 ACP, 9mmP, .44 MAgnum & .357 Mganum.
     
  16. unclebob

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    I was being sarcastic. If A gun blows up, people like to blame either it was a Glock or they were using Tight Group. Or heaven forbid both.
     
  17. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    I didn't know that TiteGroup had a bad rep . . . . tell me more, please.
     
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  18. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    A lot of guys use it with great success. It's such a fast burning powder, that it's not at all forgiving, particularly for noobs. Also, not very bulky which makes it tougher to spot a double charge. If you know its limitations, it shouldn't be a big deal. Too many leadwallets out there that try to make it something it isn't (a powder good for full power loads).
     
  19. SCmasterblaster

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    Then it is kind of like Bullseye.