I blew it!


September 25, 2005, 11:14 AM
After reloading for a while I had my first I Blew It. I failed to realize that one of my rounds did not have powder in it :banghead: . A while ago I told my son to listen for a small pop after the gun fires, I am glad he listened to me for once. He was shooting some of my 40 cal. reloads and he said we have a problem, he explained what happened, yup it was a puffer. I thought I got them all, :confused: I guessed I missed one. I am just glad he noticed it! Maybe we should remember to listen for that quite round that went off because it could prevent a major injury. I guess I will slow down and remember it is not a race on how many I can reload before I go shooting.
As a wise reloader told me, Relax, take your time and enjoy yourself, maybe I will take his advise . ;)

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The Bushmaster
September 25, 2005, 12:17 PM
Slow down a bit? Why not...It is a hobby, you know. It's good to have you make this timely post to help others remember that the speed of their progressives can get them into trouble if they don't maintain a good Quality Asurence program during reloading. I take it it squibbed on your son? Your son made a good catch which reflects back on you and your training of your son...Kudos..... :)

Oh...By the way...Welcome aboard. Sit a while and join in. This is still the best forum that I know of.

September 25, 2005, 12:53 PM
Yep, I really like my 650 with that RCBS Lockout Die! ;)

September 25, 2005, 04:07 PM
Bushmaster... Yes it was on my son and I was upset when it happened and what could of happened to him. The one thing I liked was after it was all over he tried to play it off to make me feel at ease. I better slow down :D

September 26, 2005, 09:06 AM
I was loading some .280 Rem's with 175 gr MagTips at near max loads. Weighing each load using an Ohaus/RCBS 505. Finished 10 or 12 when I noticed that the large weight on the beam was sitting in it's notch a little crooked, when I put it right, the beam shot skyward. Pulled the bullets on the loaded rounds, and found them to be a good 8 grs over max load, and compressed besides. Since then, I bought a new scale (Redding model 2) that is much more sensitive and accurate, and another pair of "reading glasses" that are designated for the reloading bench. I'm never in a hurry during reloading, but as the saying goes, $#!^ happens!

September 27, 2005, 02:17 AM
Squibs happen. I use my Dillon to reload .45ACP and found in the last 500 reloaded, 3 were squibs. I also found that I shoot too much (if that's possible) as I my suspicions were aroused by the weight. They felt slightly lighter than they should have. I caught two of them that way. The third had some powder but was prolly half what it should have been.

Best advice has already been given. And, to echo the sentiment, kudos on teaching the boy right.


September 27, 2005, 10:22 AM
Berek, that is amazing, I cant notice the difference by weight. I shoot a mixed batch of .45 cases, and I'll find 1-2 gn differences in cases alone. I use a 550B and have had a batch of no powder (about 25 rounds) once. I got in a rush and didnt realize I had run the powder measure dry. I looked up and realizes what I had done, then spent the next 30mins pulling bullets. Since then I keep the measure at least 1/4 full. Shy of that, never had one...Knock knock.

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