Bad day in the garage...


June 7, 2011, 10:32 PM
Broken thumb. Blisters on both hands. Maybe a ruined die. A lot of spilled powder. I think I got my bad luck out today. Made a couple hundred rounds and set up a trimmer finally.

So what are your bad days at the bench like?

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Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 7, 2011, 10:38 PM
A spill of powder is always a bummer.
When I throw my charges into the scale pan then dribble up to the exact weight but I end up throwing over a bit, and have to start scooping it back out of the pan. That is the most frustrating thing I can think of that actually takes away from the progress I seem to be making! :banghead:

June 7, 2011, 10:38 PM
Ouch. Hope it goes better next time. As to date, Im still in the process of getting all equipment together. Quite time consuming when your on a small budget!

Sorry can't share any experiences in this paticular field.....

Hondo 60
June 7, 2011, 11:10 PM
Ruined some perfectly good brass.
Made an entire box, only to realize the shoulder won't fit in my barrel.

June 7, 2011, 11:55 PM
I'm new and like others, I have good days and bad days. Initially, I had more than a few bad days, but the time between bad days increases with each time I reload. Learning the nuances of the press was key to decreasing my bad days.

Getting a new handle (8-ball replacement for my Hornady LnL) relieved me of the blisters I had initially and definitely relieved the stress on my wrist.

June 8, 2011, 12:00 AM
My first batch was the worst - nobody told me a ROLL crimp was a bad idea on 9mm loads. :) Oops.

June 8, 2011, 12:02 AM
How did you break you thumb and get injured..??

June 8, 2011, 12:10 AM
Hmmm... I have never broken any bones while reloading. That is not standard technique I'm sure.

My worst in quite awhile was last night when I had charged 25 cases of 7 MM Mag with 780 Supreme powder. Sure enough, when I reached for one to seat a bullet, I dropped it and spilled 65 grains of powder all over the floor. I wasn't worried about the mess as much as annoyed by the waste. You would have thought the powder was worth $20 instead of $0.20. I just still remember the powder shortage of a couple years ago.

June 8, 2011, 12:53 AM
Thumb broke in the process of removing a stuck case. I even loaded that case down with lube, twice. I broke it tightening the vice to get it out. I was tightening it and i heard a "pop" and instant extreme pain. I should have stopped for the day at spilled powder. Also got the blisters trying to take it out.

And I know what you mean about watching all that powder go to waste...terrible feeling.

June 8, 2011, 02:39 AM
Two weeks ago I made a part for a large C clamp, and vanity caused me to polish it in the lathe at high speed. The 3 jaw chuck jaw smacked and pulled in my thumb. The part IS shiny.

June 8, 2011, 11:57 AM
it was too late to be loading, i was way too tired. but i had planned on shooting today. So i thought my scale was set to 4.0 grains.. and it was reallly 3.0. now i have (500 of them) 200grain LSWC squib loads for .45. they won't even rack the action.


June 8, 2011, 12:04 PM
The 3 jaw chuck jaw Nothing more fun than getting a finger to close to a high rpm hardened steel chuck. I know all about that. :o

Harley Quinn
June 8, 2011, 12:06 PM
This is a sad tale... :o


June 8, 2011, 12:44 PM
Ouch, time to go out and buy a lotto ticket, you're due somethign good after a day like that.

June 8, 2011, 02:18 PM
mine was.

i started a batch of 9mm and had my index card laid out with all possible formulas i would/have use and i went to reloading:cool:

got about 3-4 hundred done and i could see the light at the end of this session,,:)

then i glanced at my index card (for about the 5th time) and then i saw i was using the wrong formula for the powder i had started out with.:eek:

sob :cuss:

glad i had that rcbs bullet puller i bought 20 years ago and only used on maybe 5 bullets.

so now i went to pulling all the bullets back out:( and reloaded them with the right stuff.

im almost sure i would have had a ka-boom if i had not spotted this.


the upside , i just got a ac unit for the CAVE.

June 8, 2011, 05:19 PM
the rcbs bullet puller is the greatest eraser money can buy. Imagine the ache your arm would feel if you had to use a kinetic puller for hundreds of bullets. not to mention powder going everywhere.

June 8, 2011, 05:58 PM
saturday, I was sizing some 7.5 Swiss cases on my spare, single stage press - on the 18th case, the press disintegrated.

June 8, 2011, 06:04 PM
I've never had a bad day at the bench but I have had a few of these days:

You can read about it here:

June 8, 2011, 06:13 PM
I gotta long have you been reloading?

Steve Koski
June 8, 2011, 06:16 PM
Once I poured half a pound of powder A into a jug containing half a pound of powder B. That royally pissed me off.

Steve Koski
June 8, 2011, 06:36 PM
Another time (newbie days) I picked up a loose, heavy single stage press. The handle fell down and the ram came up and munched my fingers nicely. I did a little dance.

June 8, 2011, 06:40 PM
You guys need to slow down. Nothing worth getting hurt over. Work safe.

Lathe's can be dangerous as well as end mills and any thing mechanical. But they don't have to be if you follow all the safety precautions.

Yhea, accidents happen that's why they called accidents. But they don't need to happen.

Reloading is suppose to be enjoyable. If things are not going right, it's time to walk away for a break or till next time. When reloading work with the TV OFF, Radio OFF, and anything that can distract you. If someone interrupts you stop in state you know where your at. Then resume after they have left. Avoid anything that can be a distraction.

Reloading requires you undivided attention.

Be safe .......

June 8, 2011, 07:30 PM
Ok, so here is the whole story. After I lowered the bar on my RL550 (I was lucky enough to inherit it from an uncle who no longer was into reloading), I got a case that I thought was soaked in lube stuck. I have the dillon dies (.308). So I tried following the instructions that came with the dies on removing a stuck case. I screwed the depriming assembly as far down as I could and tried to remove the case with pliers (per directions). Enter blisters one and two from pliers slipping.

Next, I figured I would use my RCBS stuck case remover. Unfortunately, I would have to drill down the decapping pin in the die in order to be able to pull (oh well, the dies came with a replacement). So I drilled away, tapped, and tried to pull. After fiddling, finally got the case out. By this time, I had also stripped a little off the edges of the depriming assembly trying to get it down more.

Enter vice grip. So I thought tightening the vice grip down on the top of the depriming assembly and going from there would be able to get me a usable die. So, in the process of tightening it down, my and slipped a little (from the lube I was using) and a whole bunch of pressure went into bending my thumb back to a snap.

I have been reloading for two years, but that doesn't matter when you are having a stupid day.

evan price
June 9, 2011, 05:39 AM
Had one of the hopper screws fall out of my Lee Autodisk measure while loading .357. The hopper pivoted with the sliding disk and just kept dumping powder while the case was under it. I wound up with a .357 case full to the top with Titegroup, about a triple charge or more. Then I broke them all down because I didn't know how long ago the screw had fallen out. I was dumping the powder into a plastic vitamin jar with a screw top to salvage the powder. Then I wound up bumping the jar and knocking it all over the floor.

June 9, 2011, 09:25 AM
Not nearly as painful as the previous stories (especially the OP's), but sufficiently sucky for me:

I was rearranging my bench after rebuilding it and notice the spent primer hose and collector (an empty gatorade bottle with a hole in the lid) had come dislodged from my Lee turret press. I leaned down and went to reconnect it and when I pushed up on the bottom of the press the wood ball handle smacked me in the forehead. Hard. Twice.

June 9, 2011, 12:40 PM
34 years ago, demonstrating a Ponsness Warren 375 shotshell reloader. Turned away to answer a question and put the decapping rod through my thumb.

About 3 years ago, loading 300 round of 45ACP with 4.3 gr of T322 insted of WST. Didn't notice until I tested the new batch...bullet barely hit the target frame at 50 ft. I wound up breaking an inertia bullet puller by the time I finished pulling all those. That one could have turned out really bad if I had loaded the 223AI with 23 gr of WST.

Note to self, never to old or experienced to quit paying attention.


June 9, 2011, 09:33 PM
I'm not pulling the 500 bullets. Screw that. It's more work than it's worth for recovering components.

June 9, 2011, 09:46 PM
I'm not pulling the 500 bullets. Screw that. It's more work than it's worth for recovering components.

on my 400+ it only took about an hour and a half at the most. shot them today and all were good

now if all i had was a inertia bullet puller im might of had 2nd thoughts

June 9, 2011, 10:27 PM
what did you use? an rcbs collet puller?

June 9, 2011, 10:36 PM
what did you use? an rcbs collet puller?

with a 30cal collet, it was slow at first but after a bit things went smooth , littler wear on the hand from the tightening rod

June 9, 2011, 10:40 PM
The only people that never get stuck in the mud are the people that never drive in the mud.

The only people that never get hurt are the people that never do anything IMO.

You are in good company; I hope you heal fast and get back to getting hurt.


June 10, 2011, 12:26 AM
I bought 100 Hornady bullets, 300 gr., to reload for my .44 mag. Well, my 629-1 won't handle the heavy weight bullets, doesn't have the beefed up components like the 629-3 or 4 models do now. I've only got the tried and true inertia puller, still have those 100 loaded rounds to pull yet, just haven't taken the time to pull them yet. The thing that really jerks me, brand new brass too, never been fired, still can't/won't shoot them. Maybe on a rainy day soon.......

June 10, 2011, 07:28 AM
Was capping/sizing 308 cases and as I was pulling my hand out of the way passed it over the top of the case while on the UP STROKE. That Lee de-capping Pin went to the bone by way of the top of the fingernail..... Then to add insult to injury I jerked my hand out. Nice rip from the top of the finger just above the nail down through the nail to the tip. Yes it hurt.

June 10, 2011, 08:55 AM
Managed to "decap" my thumbnail right in the middle as well.
(Read: I had my thumb on a empty case when I dropped the single stage press level Decapper pin went straight through).

Hell that hurts :banghead::banghead:

June 11, 2011, 01:33 AM
Hey tommyintx you could always get a 45ACP revolver, you've already got some target loads for it!

June 11, 2011, 07:52 PM
Some of these stories really cracked me up which was a little painfull since i'm recovering from bi-lateral Hernia surgery.. (not a reloading related injury)..
Too bad Steve Koski's little dance after munching his fingers wasn't on video..
The Three Stooges should have done an episode with a loading press..

June 11, 2011, 09:20 PM
Get well soon, dudlee

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