lets see your revo blowup's


October 23, 2005, 07:24 PM
i found this picture on the internet and would be interested in seeing more, i dont reload but just curious as to what could happen if i did and did it wrong! :banghead:

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J Miller
October 23, 2005, 09:29 PM
Sorry I can't help with pics of kabooms. I've never had one. Thank God!

The pic you posted looks like too much powder to me. Rugers just don't do that unless the pressure goes darn near off the scale.


October 23, 2005, 11:24 PM
I have a BFR like this but this one - glad to say was not mine. IIRC this one was perhaps a squib load followed by a stout normal load, I forget right now.

Main cause - and logical when considered - is severe overpressure. Cylinders blow most often due to double charge of fast powders - classic is 5.6 grains bullseye instead of 2.8 behind perhaps a 158!!!

But otherwise, per barrel bursts then obstruction main culprit. Care with reloading always and - another suggestion - be vewy vewy careful shooting someone else's reloads!!!


October 23, 2005, 11:28 PM
That Ruger ya know was a massive over load to blow it out

Still cant get over than pic of BFR

October 23, 2005, 11:34 PM
Hey Bud - you following me around again LOL ? :D

October 24, 2005, 12:09 AM
I think your Stalking me Chris

I couldnt find the pics of the Anaconda i saw a few weeks ago out the python that was totally wasted..

Luckly i have never blown one up knock on wood

October 24, 2005, 12:22 AM
Here is a picture of my recen Ruger GP 100 incident.



October 24, 2005, 12:26 AM
Haha - stalker I am eh :D

A peek on the web yielded some more ''material'' - no history tho -



October 24, 2005, 08:20 PM
I found I had archived some others - cannot credit authors because no records. Only info I have is from filenames.

Anaconda KB






Smith 329


Few more to come -----

October 24, 2005, 08:22 PM
I'd like to hear the story behind that 329 :eek:

October 24, 2005, 08:23 PM
The others ----





Linebaugh 500


Supposedly a revo being actively KB'd!


October 24, 2005, 08:36 PM
Some Wicked pics there Chirs

October 24, 2005, 08:40 PM
True Bud and each one all but brings a tear to my eye - particularly that beaut' Anaconda.

October 24, 2005, 08:45 PM
There still another Anaconda running around some where thats differen i think let me look again

October 24, 2005, 08:51 PM
I believe these are from the Same anaconda

October 24, 2005, 08:55 PM
Yes Bud they are - I archived a set of four in fact and chose the one I used as being most representative.

Thx for digging those out tho - still looks a mess! :(

October 24, 2005, 09:03 PM
I feel I should pause and give a moment of silence. :( . :evil:

October 24, 2005, 09:35 PM
I'd like to hear the story behind that 329 :eek:

Huh. You and me both!! Especially me since I shoot mine regularly!! :eek:

October 25, 2005, 07:03 AM
I purchased a Like NEW model 36 S&W Snubby. It was fired a grand total of six times since 1962 & was a TRUE night stand gun.. I bought one box of FACTORY Federal standard velocity ammo. I went to the range and on the third shot, it EXPLODED in my right hand. I suffered a sliced right thumb and a welt on my Adam's apple from the top strap hitting it. I placed a call to S&W.. I sent the revolver in for a look. I had three different gun smith's look the revolver over along with the loads used we took apart, prior to sending it and the loads appeared very normal. The AMMO was NOT the problem. We determined that the revolver had been OVER heat treated which in turn made the cylinder BRITTLE. This also may have left a hairline stress crack in one of the cylinders. S&W sent back the revolver "MINUS" the cylinder and pointed to OVER loaded round.. Funny part was they gave me a $ 450.00 credit to another purchase at my local dealers for this Mishap.. Makes you think doesnt it ?I NOW reload ALL my hand gun ammo, and check each load with the scale. Too many jump to a conclusion that a hand load BLOWS a hand gun.. It can be faulty parts like described above as well. You will NEVER get a manufacture to take the blame as they do not want the legal suite which will arrise from it. I did not care about the suite, just wanted the revolver replaced..I have pictures of this but will not post them as it was made right with me. I also have seen many guns explode from UNDER charged loads. Some will act the same as a over loaded round if there is not enough powder dispensed.. It is a gamble no matter what method you choose, and that is why I will continue to load my own after this. I Control the load NOW.. Regards, Hammerdown

October 25, 2005, 07:23 PM
Mabye if we are lucky Ol Clark will post some pics of some of his sponteanious dissamblies.:evil:

October 27, 2005, 12:00 AM
I thought only Glocks kaboomed? :confused: :rolleyes:

October 27, 2005, 05:20 AM
The pic you posted looks like too much powder to me.Sorry Joe, that Kaboomed Ruger Bisley in post #1 was not a victim of too much powder.

If you notice, the bullet is still in the chamber. It should at least be lodged in the forcing cone. I'll wager there's another bullet already in that barrel just out of sight.
In almost all cases of a revolver overload the top three chambers are opened.
In this instance only two chambers are damaged. see note in next thread*
My educated guess is squib load, followed by a normal live load.

The bullet didn't even make it into the forcing cone which is why, when the pressure did finally escape the bullet tipped inside the chamber.
The bullet made it just far enough out of the case to allow the gasses to vent into the next chamber when the cylinder failed. This explains the collapsed cases in both chambers. If it had indeed been an overload, the case in the firing chamber would have failed at the same time as the cylinder and would be blown outward.


I also have seen many guns explode from UNDER charged loads. BS!

October 29, 2005, 02:42 PM
I believe that KB got all three top chambers. If you stacked the two recovered chunks of cylinder back on top, it looks like they would contain most of the missing third hole. Also note the brass on both of the visible rounds is pushed in, not blown out.

It still looks painful.

What's the story on the GP-100?

October 29, 2005, 11:21 PM
*Yes a griz so astutely pointed out, combining the two "extra" pieces indicated that the top three were in fact damaged. Yet more proof that sometimes I'm not my best at 2am. So I will revise my opinion that

However the "collapsed" cases in the primary and adjoining chambers indicates the bullet had left the case before pressures increased into the Kaboom range.

A gross overpressure condition such as is encountered with a double charge will cause the primary case to expand outward.

October 30, 2005, 08:54 PM
Blues Bear
I would LIKE to point out that your response is Just what you called mine.
I also have seen many guns explode from UNDER charged loads.


Hogden is careful to TELL handloaders to use adequete charges of there powder H-110 as and undercharged load will indeed BIULD excessive pressure and they say at times more than and over loaded one. I tend to BELIEVE them as FACT, after all that is there business, and they spent plenty on research and development under controled situations to reveal this. Another thing is that NO ONE can determine revolver Blow up's by whether the bullet was left in the chamber. My 36 cleared the barrel of the Bullett, and Blew two cylinders along with the top strap. To estimate, would be a Farce as there are too many variables to conclude other than plain old Metalurgical FAILURE.. Regards, Hammerdown

October 31, 2005, 01:14 PM
Now you can own one of your very own without having to put yourself at personal risk!

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October 31, 2005, 01:26 PM
Guns don't kill people, kabooms kill people?

October 31, 2005, 05:53 PM
Those old Colts chambered in .38 Long Colt weren't very strong.

I love the sellers description, "slick trigger with an obvious problem." :evil:

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