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Colt KaBoom!
#1
My roommate had this to show me when I got home from work today:

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He was shooting standard-pressure handloads through it at the time. I'm wondering if a double charge did it.


Roommate is fine, btw. no injuries thankfully.
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#2
Was the revolver clean prior to his range trip? Unless there was an obstruction in the barrel, then I would assume it had to be the ammo. Which brand and "model" rounds were he shooting?

Edit: the cylinder may not have been properly aligned either.
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#3
could have been undercharged as well.
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#4
brian;45466 Wrote:could have been undercharged as well.

How so? (honest curiosity).
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#5
http://www.reloadammo.com/liteload.htm

That link seems to have some pretty good info on undercharging leading to detonation. It is something that I have seen referenced many times in reloading discussions whenever somebody is trying to make a "light" load for one caliber or another.
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mpan72;45467 Wrote:
brian;45466 Wrote:could have been undercharged as well.

How so? (honest curiosity).

Previous round=squib load, result: bullet stuck in barrel. Next round (normal charge)...BOOM. If he was cognizant of the lack of report, he should have stopped. If the chamber burst came out of nowhere, then I'd suspect a double charge.

Shame it happened to a Colt, but better the Colt than physical injury.
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PA Rifleman;45471 Wrote:
mpan72;45467 Wrote:How so? (honest curiosity).

Previous round=squib load, result: bullet stuck in barrel. Next round (normal charge)...BOOM. If he was cognizant of the lack of report, he should have stopped. If the chamber burst came out of nowhere, then I'd suspect a double charge.

Shame it happened to a Colt, but better the Colt than physical injury.

That is what I thought he meant. I just wasn't sure that happens with a revolver. I thought the gasses would escape through the gap between cylinder and barrel.

Thanks for the lesson.
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#8
no, i meant an undercharge, as in a charge much lighter than recommended. there is a reason why minimum loads or starting loads are listed as well as maximum loads.
read the article, linked in the 5th post.
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brian;45477 Wrote:no, i meant an undercharge, as in a charge much lighter than recommended. there is a reason why minimum loads or starting loads are listed as well as maximum loads.

I read the link csmith gave and see what you mean. That is something I would never have considered. Dam physics.
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#10
"He was shooting standard-pressure handloads through it at the time"

Reloading data please.
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