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.22 casing cracked

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Andrew Rothman, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

    I was shooting my Browning Buckmark .22, with some Remington "Golden", 36 Grain, Holden Hollow Point Bullet, Copper Coated, Bulk Packed ammo.

    One casing failed to eject. I pushed it out with a cleaning rod, and there was a crack running from tip to base.

    The gun seemed fine, and I shot it the rest of the evening.

    Is this common? Is this a big deal?

    At $.02 per round, I can live with a dud or two per box, but is this a sign from above that I should be shooting a better class of ammo?
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Considering the BILLIONS or rounds of .22 ammo made every year, a certain percentage of them are going to be defective.

    Remington's "Golden Bullet" ammo is, and always has been top-of-the-line in .22 ammo.

    I'd just continue shooting the gun, and mark this up to one of those billion-to-one bad rounds.
  3. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Very rare , from a defect in the brass. Don't worry about it.
  4. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    This happens from time to time with 22 brass. Heck, sometimes it happens with centerfire brass, especially nickel plated brass. If it happens on a regular basis I would suspect an oversized chamber, but one out of a thousand would sound more like a defective case.
  5. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

    That's a relief. I can always count on THR!
  6. Pecos21

    Pecos21 Active Member

    Same thing happened to me!

    I was shooting Remington Golden bullet out of my P22 when the casing fractured around the rim. I got a nice little blast of gun powder and gases directly into my right eye. No harm done to my eye, but I always wear eye protection from now on.
    Athough I think Rem Gold Bullets are the some of the better performing of the cheap bulk ammo out there, I get a lot of "dud" rounds and damaged bullets. I usually anticipate this and only shoot them at the range where I have my safety equipment available.
  7. nemesis

    nemesis Well-Known Member

    I was firing my Buckmark at the local range when I had an "event" that made me immediately stop shooting. There was a lot of visual blast effect around the receiver and I knew something had gone wrong, I just didn't know what it was. By the way, it was Remington ammo.

    I examined the gun thoroughly and couldn't find anything wrong but I took it out to my buddy, who is a gunsmith, and he didn't see anything wrong either so I cleaned it up, ran a bore brush through the barrel and went back to shoot.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't get any rounds to feed, they seemed to hang up on the feed ramp. I took the gun back out and we looked at it again. The case had separated completely. The rimmed base had blown off completely and much of the remaining case was still in the chamber.

    I kept the case as a reminder.
  8. Newton

    Newton Well-Known Member

    Had the same thing happen with the same ammo about 5 years ago.

    It was accompanied by sharper recoil, a louder report, and a thin cloud of smoke around the muzzle.

    i still believe it to have been a double charged load. The gun was a Smith 22A and not surprisingly it handled it without a hitch.

    I would love to have had a Chrony on that baby.
  9. The Scandinavian

    The Scandinavian Well-Known Member

    I had a Aguila .22 case fail once - just like Nemesis above - the head separated from the cartridge completely, leaving just a "tube" of brass in the chamber!

    That's one failure in.. er.. 25 years of shooting .22 :)
  10. wingman

    wingman Well-Known Member

    In over 40 years of shooting I find commerical ammo with more defects
    then I once did, quality control is poor, 22 ammo seems worse then
    centerfire. I reload but my suggestion is for all ammo use safety glasses.
  11. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Remington, it appears, put a very large lot of less than perfect .22 caliber ammunition on the market about two years back.
    Did the cartridge in question come from a plastic 100 pack?

    There was nothing wrong enough with these cartridges to cause damage to a firearm but case cracking and lots of complete dud cartridges seem to show up.

    Remington, it appears, did not see enough concern to warrant a recall of the product.

    If cracked cases and misfire duds don't bother you, carry on using the Remington ammunition.

    If those issues do bother you, buy a different brand of ammunition because, most likely, the problem isn't in your pistol.
  12. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member


    My incident happened with a cartridge from a 525-round value pack, from either Walmart or Ganger Mountain. Either way, I doubt it's two-year-old inventory.

    Shrug. So far it's a one-in-1500-round event.

    And, hey, guys, eye and ear protection ALWAYS, huh?
  13. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    It's not common; then again, it's by no means uncommon, especially with low budget ammunition from makers with bad reputations.

    It could be a big deal if the back half of a cartridge case were extracted, leaving the front half in the chamber: the next round might be forced into the shrunken chamber. Firing it could cause pressure problems, especially in older guns.

    I buy CCI Standard Velocity by the case and skip the cheap stuff.
  14. thunderduck2004

    thunderduck2004 Active Member

    my ruger simi auto will some times do that to and wont eject :scrutiny:
  15. cottontoptexan

    cottontoptexan Well-Known Member

    Remington Bulk Ammo

    This ammo is okay for plinking.That is all i use it for. Get a good brick of Winchester Super X or some CCI mini-mags. I shoot a lot of match ammo and the Remington for 8.99 a 500 pack is just what it is. Not bad for plinking but do not expect anything great on this price.
  16. mfree

    mfree Well-Known Member

    Maybe it was reloaded one too many times :neener:

    I'm deep into 4 digits on .22's, having just started a while ago, but I've never seen an actual *failure* except for one half-dead primer and one round I picked up out of a box of remington that appeared to have been stuck in the machinery somewhere.... that was *seriously* mangled :)

    And no, I didn't try to fire it :D

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