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Never had a kaboom

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jmorris, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. jmorris

    jmorris Mentor

    Sep 30, 2005
    With the influx of new reloaders and equipment there are sure to be more kaboom threads than their already are.

    So how about something positive, who here has never had a kaboom, how long have you been reloading and with what equipment?

    I'll start,

    Reloading for 27 years with everything from single stage to auto drive bullet/case fed 1050 and everything in between.
  2. RustyFN

    RustyFN Senior Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    West Virginia
    I agree it's getting scary. I see more and more threads with new reloaders wanting the fastest thing they can get or asking how much powder to use because they don't have a manual. I have been reloading seven years. Started with a Lee classic turret and added a Dillon 550. Still use both presses. Also never had a kaboom.
  3. Plain Old Bill

    Plain Old Bill New Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Allentown, PA
    Me neither

    35 years, have not shot a factory round in probably 15 years. I had a partial case separation once in a .303 British, but they're known for generous headspace.
    Had an accident once, where a 9mm went off out of battery- casing went into the hairline and skidded back along my skull to the rear. The Mauser C96 was perfectly fine, a sharp edge had caught the primer as the cartridge misfed. The bullet hit my breastbone and bounced off. (It had already ricocheted off the breechface.)
    Have 5 Square Deals (I absolutely hate setup) and a 450, and a rockchucker...and have loaded everything from 25 ACP to 43 Mauser.....
    Stick to the middle of the load range. Never loaded one to max and never will. Have seen some really bad accidents......usually preceded by "Gawd, look at the brass, it melted into the bolt." OR, of course, "Watch this, they said you couldn't use that much powder." Whatever you load, you're going to test it a few inches from your face.
  4. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Senior Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Peidmont/Triad, NC
    I working on 41 yrs of reloading and have not had anything even close to a kaboom, I did some stupid things like shot into a steel plate with a 22 and caught the richochet in my leg.

    I never experimented from thinking I knew more than the companies that write the manuals.

    My father taught me the basics in 1972 and without forums of experts to ask or the internet to look things up on I managed to get through it with little to no problems.

    I bought two boxes of factory rifle loads (not 22lr) in my life and still have both of them. I load for 7 rifle calibers and 4 pistol calibers and two muzzle loaders and have way to many people wanting me to load for them.

    That's not going to happen.

    At working 60+ hrs a week repairing machinery I don't have time (or the energy) to even try to help my friends learn to reload so I keep my mouth shut about it. Luckily the supervisor of our dept and I both have the same interests so we talk about the posts we see and shake our heads in dis-belief.
  5. blarby

    blarby Mentor

    Feb 25, 2011
    Calapooia Oregon
    Collectively knock on wood, or rub the lamp, before posting " never, not ever"

    Just sayin..........
  6. hey_poolboy

    hey_poolboy Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Central Ill.
    No kaboom here. I've been at it for 15 years on single stage and my classic turret. I've loaded .223, .22-250, .243, .270, and .45 acp. Largest number of rounds loaded would have to go to .45 by FAR, and it is pretty low pressure. Hoping to have a reason to load for .308 win soon. :D

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  7. gahunter12

    gahunter12 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Winder, Ga
    I have been at it for only 4 yrs and a month. I started on a RL550b, and knock on wood I haven't had a KB. I did have one squib during my first 50 rnds to ever load. I caught the squib, and learned not to leave the bench to take care of a honey do til my press is cleared of all cases. If I walk away now I make sure I complete all rounds before stepping away!:D At only 46,000 rounds loaded thus far I'm still a noob.
  8. Magnum Shooter

    Magnum Shooter Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Just East Of Cleveland, OHIO
    30 plus years and no KABOOMS here. Had a squib or two, many years ago when I tried to download Win 296 powder. I didn’t know you can’t do that then, but I do now.
  9. JohnM

    JohnM Participating Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Down there by the river
    50 years, nope. Dry balled a muzzle loader a few times.
  10. fehhkk

    fehhkk New Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Northern IL
    Only 2 years into it, but have loaded and shot about 4,000 hand loads rifle and handgun- 9mm, 40SW, 45ACP and .223. Haven't had a squib or KB so far.

    I started with a Lee single stage, now use an RL550B.
  11. kingmt

    kingmt Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    I've only been doing this for a little less then 20 years(18 maybe). About 5 years ago I went from reloading to handloading. I work with cheap powders that have no map. I believe I have found a full proof way of testing for burn rate without blowing a fun up. These 19gn plastic projectiles are great.

    I started with a single stage but was not happy doing it. I didn't have the time & or took a lot of it. I went to progressive & enjoy it much more. I do keep a close eye on primers, powder, & bullet. I don't pay much attention to the case feeder(if it runs out no big deal). Sometimes the wife or a kid feed cases or top off powder.

    Rifle I still prefer to do on single stage.
  12. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Mentor

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    While I was in Nam I developed this attraction to sniper rifles and accuracy. Came home and started reloading and hand loading in '72. Hand loading is just something I truly enjoy and put in the time and effort to work on getting it right. No Ka Boom and I would like to keep it that way.

    So if I mix some Hodgdon TITEWAD powder and some Hodgdon H50BMG (Really fast and Really slow) in a 50/50 mix will I get Hodgdon H322 (about in the middle)? :)

  13. JSmith

    JSmith Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    No kaboom yet... which isn't saying much: I've been reloading for almost a year. I started doing this in order to make less-than-full-power loads for my .44 magnum. I spent last January, February and March reading, bought equipment in April, and got a few lessons from experienced loaders before trying it myself.

    I learned care and caution from reading threads in this forum. I also have a couple of blown-up-gun photos pinned up over my reloading bench to remind me of what can happen if I get distracted, tired, or careless.

    I like what Plain Old Bill said above: "Whatever you load, you're going to test it a few inches from your face."
  14. essayons21

    essayons21 Participating Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Down by the rivah, VA
    I just posted my first (and hopefully only) Kaboom in over 6 years of reloading. That being said, I have still had a better track record with my reloads than with factory ammo. I was an Army small arms instructor, and now work in law enforcement, and have seen all sorts of screwy things happen with high quality factory ammunition.

    For those of you that have never had a mishap, congratulations, I envy your attention to detail. Just keep in mind, what got me was overconfidence in my reloading experience and complacency.

    And wear your eye protection!
  15. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Sep 10, 2008
    SW Arizona
    I've been at it for over 30 yrs. and have never had a KB. I've encountered some excessive pressures on a few loads, but those were in fact expected while working up to maximum. In short any excessive pressures I've ever encountered have been the purpose and not a mishap.

  16. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Wet Oregon
    I shave with a chainsaw. no problems
  17. Xfire68

    Xfire68 Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Manteno IL
    Been reloading on and off for 21 years. I started out with a Lee single stage. I did back when I first started out have a close call when the bolt head retaining pin on my Savage 110 30.06 broke and I won't lie, I think it had to do with me loading my rounds a bit too hot.

    I noticed the bolt issue when it happened (Prairie Dog shooting) and no "Kaboom" but, a lesson learned. I replaced the pin and loaded ammo to book specs from then on out.

    Not having any test equipment like a crony I can only look for pressure signs and I like to get as many firings out of my brass as I can for the most part so most loads I shoot are mid level. I will load a few warmer loads from time to time.

    I now have a Lee single stage, Lee 4 hole Classic Turret, Hornady LNL AP and a Lee Load-All for 12g.
  18. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Mentor

    Apr 28, 2005
    Oregon Coast
    Been loading for 50 years, and 30 calibers, plus shotgun. Never had a gun blow up, and finally had my first squib load on June 23rd of last year, in the biggest match in the world in my sport. And that was after loading over 750,000+ rounds. I finally bought an RCBS Lock Out die for my progressive, and it's caught what would have been 3 more squib loads since then. You never stop learning in this game.

    My equipment is two Hollywood Senior presses, an RCBS Rockchucker, a Hornady LNL and a Magma Case Master Jr.

    Hope this helps.

  19. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Senior Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Only if you use aluminum cases and lube the bullets with Ivory soap. :) Don't forget to wear your tin foil helmet. :banghead:
  20. GW Staar

    GW Staar Participating Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    42 years and knocking on wood. No primer tubes blown up and no toes shot off either. Thank goodness. I attribute this to more than a little to bringing up a mental picture every time I reload and shoot, of destroyed guns, mangled hands, and one really mangled foot I've personally witnessed at the local range. Those mental pictures, wake me up and help me to focus. These things are not toys to play with like cap guns, NEVER take them for granted.

    Equipment: 1 month with a Lee Target Loader
    38 years with a Rock Chucker
    4 years with a Pro 2000 & Rock Chucker
    reloading pistols: .40, 9mm, .38, .357, .45
    reloading rifles: .270, 30/30, .308, .243, .223, 7mm Mag
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

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