HELP! Bullet Lodged


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tnieto2004
April 3, 2011, 06:06 PM
I was firing my S&W 642 yesterday. I was shooting reloads- on the first round of the second 5-shots- little recoil and I felt powder burning my hands. The bullet lodged in the barrel (almost exactly in middle).

The strange part to me was when I realized what happened and popped the brass out- there was powder stuck to the outside of the brass- a good amount. I know there was powder in the casing but I have no clue how the powder became stuck to the outside and what caused the stock bullet. The loads were mid-range. I know there was not much crimp on these loads and I am wondering if that may be a reason.

I also found that the pistol has some strange marks on the frame of my revolver now. Any idea how these marks might have come about?
http://i51.tinypic.com/2dtq0wo.jpg

I tapped out the bullet but still have no clue how this all happened???

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Quoheleth
April 3, 2011, 06:17 PM
As to what caused it, a severe undercharge, a fowled charge, or a partially blocked primer hole maybe. Either way, it was 99% loader-error. I give a 1% chance of bad powder, rounded up to the nearest whole percentage point. Lesson learned in shooting someone elses' reloads - or if it was your loads, lesson learned about double checking processes.

Other than the Hillary Hole, I'm not sure of the strange marking you refer to :evil:

Q

tnieto2004
April 3, 2011, 06:44 PM
The two marks on the frame right under the cylinder at the front and back. It looks like something rubbed and dug into the frame, but I can't replicate it.....

Cosmoline
April 3, 2011, 07:14 PM
Hard to tell but are you finding your cylinder is rubbing in those spots when you rotate it out?

tnieto2004
April 3, 2011, 07:17 PM
Nope, I can't make it rub on the front at all. The back, the rim on the bullets will rub just a bit, especially when closing and rotating.

Cosmoline
April 3, 2011, 11:11 PM
It would probably be sloppy milling then on S&W's part.

tnieto2004
April 4, 2011, 08:34 PM
You Think it is safe to fire?

billybob44
April 4, 2011, 09:07 PM
You Think it is safe to fire?
As long as you have removed the stuck bullet-shoot away..Bill.

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