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First reloading dud

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Navy joe, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. Navy joe

    Navy joe Well-Known Member

    I had my first dud failure to fire reload yesterday after about 20,000 rounds reloaded. I was worried it was a storage issue since the round was loaded over a year ago, but it wasn't. I pulled it down and there was not a scrap of primer compound in the primer. Not very common for Winchester primers, but I suppose I will look at every flip tray once I start reloading again.
  2. flutedchamber

    flutedchamber Well-Known Member

    Jon Caree probublee tooked the primur compund owt.:neener:
  3. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you would have had more than that with factory loads. that gives you a .005% failure rate which is very respectable. Glad it happened when you were at the range and not when you really needed it.
  4. Ben Shepherd

    Ben Shepherd Well-Known Member

    Navy joe:

    Had EXACTLY the same thing happen. The ONLY handloaded round I've ever had not go bang was a 44 magnum. Federal magnum primer, no compound.
  5. Cowboybootnut

    Cowboybootnut Well-Known Member

    After 20,000 rounds you have done good.

    I had a factory Federal 30-06 round that didn't have a primer in it at all. After purchase, I got home, opened the box, and some powder fell out. :cuss:
  6. Dr. Dickie

    Dr. Dickie Well-Known Member

    I'd rather have a dud that a sqib.
    After 20,000 rounds! Wow, I wouldn't bother carefully eyeballing the primers yet. Wait until it happens again. If it takes another 20,000 rounds, then you know you likely relax for 10,000 or 15,000 before bothering to start careful inspection.
  7. Navy joe

    Navy joe Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I like the failure rate, but it is not perfect. Still better than the factory rounds I have found with:
    The bullet backwards
    The primer backwards
    No flash hole under the primer

    I do not count induced failure, I had one little batch of 100 I made to see how light I could go with a certain load. They shot great, just wouldn't open the action. Then there was the see how much powder I can stuff behind a 100gr 9mm JHP. Ever had a JHP open in midair? I think I did judging by the quite large hole at 7 yards. But hey, it was intentional and fun.

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