Need advice on how to turn down free reloads.


March 23, 2004, 02:52 PM
Not too long ago we had a bed to give away. My sister and her husband took it and even though I told him he didn't owe me anything he's been giving me reloaded 9mm bullets. Normally I'd be all over that but I've had a few of them just come apart in my hand! I pulled the trigger on one, heard nothing and when I went to drop the mag the unshot bullet and powder slid out of the barrel and landed at my feet! Some don't even sound like others if you understand me.

So what do I do? I'm kinda scared to shoot them but don't want any bad feelings. He wants the brass back so I can't just keep them and tell him I've shot them.

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Jim March
March 23, 2004, 03:03 PM
Send this query into either Dear Abby or "Ask Ms. Manners"...see which one prints it first :).

Dude, seriously now, you're going to have to tell him. It's either that or...hmmm...get one of those impact bullet pullers and then roll the shells around in the fireplace to make 'em sooty...ah crap, you'd still have to fire off all the primers.


March 23, 2004, 03:10 PM
I would have to tell him what is going on. If the reloads are falling apart like that they are not safe for ANYONE to shot. I dont know how close you are to said relative but being a reloader myself I would want to know if there was malfuctions like you discribe. you have to ask yourself "If you will not shoot them because they are unsafe do you want your family members shooting them?"

just my .002


Jim March
March 23, 2004, 03:13 PM
"We have a twitcher! And somebody gave him a Dillon!"


Ala Dan
March 23, 2004, 03:24 PM
Sounds like this persons lights are on; but nobody's home!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

March 23, 2004, 04:56 PM
It sounds as if the rounds were not crimped properly. Also, judging by how you were able to load one but not able to fire even the primer, possibly he was using .380 ACP brass and had everything on his reloader adjusted for 9 mm. Just guessing here.

In any case, it would be a service to him, as well as others he may give future ammo to, to hand the ammo back as-is and show him the loose rounds. Maybe he will be able to figure out where he went wrong.

Standing Wolf
March 23, 2004, 05:58 PM
I think you ought to do him a favor and tell him the truth. Sooner or later, his sloppy reloads are going to blow up a gun in someone's hands.

March 23, 2004, 06:40 PM
Safety beats decorum every time.

March 23, 2004, 07:50 PM
Tell him the truth in a nice gift card....along with the good reloading manuals you're going to buy him. ;)

March 23, 2004, 08:27 PM
If you've ever had your grips blow off the frame while shooting because the carrtridge was overcharged, you'd tell him!! So if things are falling apart because of poor reloading practices, YOU SHOULD TELL HIM before you or somebody near you gets hurt.. Most sensiable people would appreciate the advise..:uhoh:

March 23, 2004, 08:32 PM
You need advice on how to turn that down? Okay!

"You know, I just can't take these reloads anymore."
"Because I have this strange habit, breathing, and I'd like it to continue."


That was mean of me... in reality you should just tell the truth and offer sources for PROPER reloading technique.

Dan Morris
March 23, 2004, 09:16 PM
I still have the two pieces of a Combat Masterpiece cylinder. It was the only time I EVER fired some one elses loads! Keep it as a reminder. I have no trouble saying NO.

March 23, 2004, 09:40 PM
he's been giving me reloaded 9mm bullets.

:confused: I don't get it. He's giving you bullets? And then you use them to reload? And your're blaming the bad reloaded cartridges on the bullets he gave you? :confused:

Hey, if his bullets are that bad, TELL HIM! Maybe he can get his money back.

I still don't understand how his bullets could cause your bad reloads, though. Maybe they're undersized? :confused:

March 23, 2004, 09:48 PM
Give 'em back and tell him what happened. If he offers more a polite thanks, but no thanks will do.

March 23, 2004, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone, well, almost everyone. Sorry I used the wrong terminology apparantly.;)

March 24, 2004, 03:20 AM
If it were my reloads, I wouldn't be offended if someone told me they had a problem with them. Better to know, and sort it out than hurt someone I knew or cared about.

March 24, 2004, 10:33 AM
Cool, if they are behaving as you describe he must know about it. Maybe he's not as fond of you as you think... ;)

In any case, I don't give away reloads. It opens you up for far too much liability. And (with very few exceptions) I don't shoot other folks' reloads, because I have no control over them.

March 24, 2004, 10:47 AM
Buy him a Lee Factory crimp die for his birthday.:D

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