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So I had a little mishap shooting reloads today.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Anglin_AZ, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    Scary stuff! Glad you are okay...
  2. 10,000 rounds in how many years? :whistling:

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    You weigh every single charge, for every round? Damn, must take you 2 or 3 hours for every 100 rounds.

    With a progressive, at least for pistol shooting.... you can eyeball how much powder is in the case. Just look at each one and you're good to go.

    I'm closer to 50,000 rounds in just over 3 years, no squibs or double charges.
  4. n2extrm


    Feb 24, 2009
    I had an issue on my 650 with a couple of squibs. There is an old thread here about it. In short, teaching someone to load and I went to pull out something because he was doing well. I had stressed check every case for a charge and make sure it looks similar to the prior ones several times. We were using WSt so loft was good enough to see a missing or double charge.

    At the range has a squib then another.

    Went over the machine and found the nut bolt that ran through the bel crank on the powder measure had loosened up. Just enough that the white plastic cube would jump out of the powder bar and back in again.

    Just something to check. Of it now was a lock nice new nut on it with a dot of locktite for good measure.
  5. 45ACP223


    Jan 18, 2013
    SE IN
    That's interesting, I've loaded thousands of rounds with my Dillon Sq. Deal and never had any mechanical problems until last week. I had the same issue you did with the bolt coming loose on the bell crank. I ended up weighing that lot of 50 bullets and found one without powder. I guess that bolt loosening is a common problem with Dillons to watch out for.
  6. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    Do you have a nylon locking nut on that bolt? If not get one. I like to lube the power measure with graphite about every 500 rds. and also in doing so making sure all of the dies nuts and all other bolts and nuts are tight.
    I found that doubling the nut does not work. Since I installed the nylon locking nut and now Dillon uses them on the powder measure. I have not had one come loose.
  7. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    This is the problem. Too many assume too much. You can get a squib & have the slide cycle if using light springs. You can have a powder issue on ANY progressive press, crap happens. It's why you have to be vigilant & not just be pulling the handle.:shocked:
  8. Anglin_AZ


    Oct 29, 2010
    lnl ap
  9. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006

    The only way to get a double charge on a LnL or 650 is operator error. I disagree with many when it comes to the safest way to use a progressive. In my experience the LESS you double check everything the LESS likely you are to have a issue. Some people say they check it every 20 rds for instance. That is not safer. Every time you stop your routine you just introduced the opportunity to screw it up that didn't exist before. So the fewer times you stop the process the better. It's important in this discussion to remember you ARE monitoring the powder drop visually and your eyeball/brain combo is able to notice when a powder charge doesn't look right. Besides that, don't stop but every 100 rds to fill the primer tube and then check the powder charge on the one case. BE DOUBLE SURE it has a charge and only one charge. Dump the 100 loaded rounds as well. Then if you have a issue you only have 100 rds that are suspect to deal with.

    A unreliable press is a disaster waiting to happen because it introduces more opportunities for you to not reset the press right. That is likely what happened in your situation. Whenever you have a blockage, clear the press completely and start over. This is why I don't abide a press that has stoppages on a regular basis. It must be reliable. I am like a freaking dog on a bone with this.

    Glad your OK, sorry about your issue.
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  10. BMiracletx


    Aug 3, 2012
    Abilene, TX
    I am paranoid with my loading. I use a LNL AP as well. In station 4 I have the hornady powder check die. So I am always looking at that when I crank the handle to make sure it elevates the right amount, and then I still always visually check the powder level. Sure I could load faster, but I strive for loading safer and having this double check (powder check die, and visual check prior to seating bullet).

    Glad to hear you didn't get seriously hurt. I love using Bullseye and TightGroup in my 45s... but carefully check!
  11. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Ouch! Thankfully you're okay though. We've all made mistakes, just some bigger than others.
  12. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    Call Glock and see what they have to say. Don’t lie to them. They will have you send them the gun. They in turn will send it to Austria and there engineers will go over it with a fine tooth comb. Even people who think there Glock are clean. They will know that you were shooting lead even though you were using a KKM barrel.
    Don’t know 100%. But I think the LNL is the same as a Dillon that uses springs on the powder measure. If you raise the ram and the powder dumps then lower the platform a couple of inches then raise the platform again you just added a double charge. That is one of the many things that I like about the 650 with the fail safe system. It will not dump power again. You have to lower the platform all the way down. And by then the shell plate has rotated.
    If you have a problem and pull the charged case out and put it back under the powder measure you will get a double charge. The best way is just dump that charge and start over.
  13. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    This is one of the reasons I do NOT use powders that can be double-charged. Switch to a slower-burning powder that occupies substantially more than half the case.

    That won't prevent squibs, but it WILL prevent double charges.
  14. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ USA's Cease Fire, as in Stop Firing.:)
  15. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    I don't think a squib followed by a healthy round would do that much damage. When Ruger introduced the P85, they demonstrated it by firing it with a bolt threaded into the bore to seal it off. They fired it repeatedly, each time cutting away part of the slide, until finally the slide cracked. They gun never had a catastrophic failure.

    Bulged barrels, even case blowouts, are what you typically get with a squib incident.

    I don't know if I've ever seen a failure as bad as this one on the internet, or in real life. Frankly, the OP is lucky to be alive. There have been incidents where extractors have injured/killed people on the line near a KB.
  16. And what will become of my powder puff loads from fast powders and heavy bullets? I don't load to save money (though it's a wonderful byproduct); I load to develop competition ammo that is soft-shooting and just makes PF.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  17. I was ROing a GSSF match earlier this month when, what appeared to be an over-charged round, developed a large bulge and near case-head separation blowing the extractor sideways right out of the gun across the bay. The shooter had some powder burns, but everything remained intact. The case was nickle, but allegedly only reloaded one time.
  18. The Fed

    The Fed

    Dec 23, 2012
    Central Florida
    Go to Amazon and enter this:

    American Weigh Scale Ac-650 Digital Pocket Gram Scale, Black, 650 G X 0.1 G

    It's only $10.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  19. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Sorry. Buying a cheap low quality digital scale is never a solution to a KB issue.
  20. Saugus


    Sep 13, 2012
    Wow! Nasty. I agree with everyone else my best guess and only guess is a double charge. Thank God you weren't more seriously injured. Looking at the pics one thing jumped out at me and that is how well the slide on the Glock held together outside of the unsightly bulge on the right hand side and the small crack. At least the slide kept the explosion internalized.

    Glad that you are OK other than the owie on your trigger finger.

    Don't want to preach to the choir here folks but I can't stress enough how important a good pair of safety glasses are when shooting.

    Fingers are one thing, eyes are a totally different matter.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013