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Colt KaBoom!
11-24-2012, 08:48 PM (This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 08:49 PM by General Geoff.)
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Colt KaBoom!
My roommate had this to show me when I got home from work today:

[Image: coltkaboom1.jpg]


[Image: coltkaboom2.jpg]


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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11-24-2012, 09:24 PM (This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 09:29 PM by Philadelphia Patriot.)
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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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11-24-2012, 09:28 PM
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could have been undercharged as well.
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11-24-2012, 09:44 PM
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(11-24-2012 09:28 PM)brian Wrote:  could have been undercharged as well.

How so? (honest curiosity).
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11-24-2012, 10:05 PM (This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 10:06 PM by csmith.)
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RE: Colt KaBoom!
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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11-24-2012, 10:07 PM (This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 10:10 PM by PA Rifleman.)
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(11-24-2012 09:44 PM)mpan72 Wrote:  
(11-24-2012 09:28 PM)brian 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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11-24-2012, 10:16 PM
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(11-24-2012 10:07 PM)PA Rifleman Wrote:  
(11-24-2012 09:44 PM)mpan72 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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11-24-2012, 10:20 PM (This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 10:23 PM by brian.)
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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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11-24-2012, 10:24 PM
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(11-24-2012 10:20 PM)brian 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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11-25-2012, 12:25 AM
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RE: Colt KaBoom!
"He was shooting standard-pressure handloads through it at the time"

Reloading data please.
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