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Reloading Shame

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hondo 60, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Never, Never, Never, NEVER let your guard down!

    I think this was a dbl charge, but I'm not sure.

    The case marked #1, I found a few feet away.
    The case marked #2, was stuck inside what was left of the magazine.

    It looks like the next 2 rounds, the bullet was pushed back.

    The left hand grip cracked in half.
    The magazine body remained in place.
    I found the baseplate, most of plastic around the baseplate and the follower.
    I never found the spring.

    I took a couple of pin pricks to the face (probably from the grips)
    But I had eyes & ears on, so nothing got damaged.

    I guess all I can say in my defense, is that because this was a brand new caliber for me, I had to change my usual loading method.
    I usually load on a progressive, but don't have all the pieces necessary for 45 ACP.
    So I charged these using a loading block.
    One would think that would be safer, but apparently not for me.

  2. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon Well-Known Member

    When using loading block I check powder drop every 10th round. Once I fill loading block I inspect in well lit area to ensure all powder levels appear the same. No Dbl charges or over charges.
  3. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Glad 'you' came out mostly unscathed, but sorry the pistol took a beating. Good job with eyes and ears.

    Was the bullet two down from #1 "forced" into the case from the blast.? Could setback due to a sizing/crimp problem be the cause of the kaboom? Have you checked other cartridges not involved in the accident?

    Whatever, it sounds like this got your attention.
  4. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the bullets were forced into a set-back from the blast.

    Definitely got my attention!

    I've fired off about 4 boxes of my reloads with this gun & haven't seen any evidence of setback til now.
    SO I think my dies are set right & techniques are OK.
    But I haven't dbl checked the rest of my rounds yet.
    I have 3 boxes that I'm gonna pull just to make sure this doesn't happen again.

    And the worst of it is, this gun is only about 2 weeks old.
    The magazine was a nice one & the grips were custom made.

    Of course on the bright side, I still have the original grips.
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    No, the bright side is you weren't injured. (Thank God)

    Probably not a double charge because you were loading by hand but WOW, that looks scary!!
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Sincerely glad you weren't hurt.

    That's pretty typical of a 1911 blow up. The force of the blast goes down, since that's the path of least resistance. The next round down typically tears open, or collapses, and it's common for the bullets below that to be pushed back into the case. I've seen several of these, and this one looks like all the rest. There are also probably marks in the inside of the grip panels from the gases escaping through the witness holes in the magazine.

    It could have been caused by a double charge, but it looks more like an overcharge of fast powder, or possibly a weak spot in the case that happened to chamber over the unsupported area of the barrel.

    Back in the late 1970's, there was a batch of foreign .45 acp ammunition with the headstamp "CCC", where a maximum load was combined with overly soft brass. The ones I saw that had let go were exactly like the one pictured as #1. Anyone who runs across this headstamp would be well advised to scrap it.

    Hope this helps.

  7. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

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  8. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    So that's what I heard over by the lake!?:what::neener:

    Just trying to lighten the mood. I too am glad you're not badly injured.

    Been there-done that- got the "T" shirt.



    In my case,(no pun), I was working up a load with a bulk-surplus powder I got from Jeff Bartlet @ gibrass . com. It's designation was NM-04, a chinese powder made for shotshells, supposedly could be loaded using data for IMR_PB or Alliant green-dot. It displays a pressure spike when used in handgun shells. Works fine in 12 Gauge shotgun.

    My grips survived, they were soft rubber. The barrel did NOT! The chamber looked like it had swallowed an egg! It cost me a new barrel and charges to have it fit. The normal fired case is to give it perspective of how it should look!:p

    Take a close look at YOUR barrel. Use a micrometer over the chamber area.
  9. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member


    What powder were you working with?

    Thanks for sharing and glad you're OK.
  10. Branden967

    Branden967 Well-Known Member

    WOW. Do you have any pictures of the upper part of the gun? Slide/barrel etc. How much damage did they take?
  11. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    Glad you are OK!
  12. Miata Mike

    Miata Mike Well-Known Member

    Glad you are OK Hondo. I have been doing a lot more .45acp and thought that was one of the safer loads a guy could do. :eek:

    Given the fact you were using a loading block, I too think it could have been bullet set back. What powder were you using? Before unloading the others you have loaded, try pushing the bullets deeper with your thumb to see if any are real loose.

    I have been using 200 grain .452 LSWC bullets, and it looks and feels like the larger diameter lead is staying put. Does make a guy step back and think.
  13. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    First off , Glad no serious injuries resulted !!!!

    Second , do you leave the cases in the tray & move the tray under the powder measure ???

    Or move the powder measure over the cases ???

    I`ve developed moving & charging 1 case at the time then placing it in a different tray.

    & even then check em 2-4 times for powder levels.

    But yes getting out of your groove requires alot of thought & attention !!
  14. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    That's how I do it with revolver & rifle cases.
  15. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    The powder is Accurate #5.

    The right grip had 3 perfectly round burn marks.
    I'm sure they're somehow related to the rounds that were in the mag, but I was able to wash it off quite a bit.
    The slide & frame look perfect.

    My first thought was the barrel as well.
    It looks fine, but this my first & only 1911, so I'm not real sure what I should be looking for.
    I've only had this gun for about 2 weeks.
    I've chambered several fresh rounds & they didn't seem to have any excess play or tightness.

    My toolhead & caliber conversion kit came in today's mail, so I'll be back to my regular reloading methods.
  16. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    A while back I discovered Aguila 45 acp cases don't hold a bullet very well. I happened to give one a squeeze, and the bullet sank right into the case. Spent the next hour squeezing and sorting freshly loaded ammo. Had a few that needed to be unloaded the hard way. After that, I learned to cull certain headstamps. First time I loaded the MB IDP #4 200gr bullet with it's beautiful crimp groove, I realized I had the perfect bullet for those 'other' headstamps.
  17. raddiver

    raddiver Well-Known Member

    Ironically i sort of followed in your footsteps today Hondo.
    I was loading for 38 spl last week, and finally got out to the range today to try them out. I had noticed during the loading session that i had powder sticking in the funnel on one of the charges. I didnt think too much about it, I cleared that cartridge, and pulled the one before it and re-charged it. Apparently it had done it somewhere else down the line that i didn't catch.

    Today One one of the shots i noticed it felt light. Noted it as odd, and then went to fire the next one. I swear it felt like a 44 magnum. If i had a chrono, i would bet it was pushing 1.1K FPS. It took me 4-5 minutes to get the shell out of the cylinder.
    About 30 rounds later, the cylinder fell out of the gun.
    Now that I'm home and cleaning it with a good source of light, i see Winchester imprinted on the frame.

    Simply WOW.
  18. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    Here's one to consider.....

    When unloading You will drop the mag and then cycle the action to clear the chamber...

    When reloading you rack the slide to chamber a round and then drop the mag to top off.... usually with the round that you ejected.

    As you repeat this process over time, you will rotate the top two rounds over and over, repeatedly chambering them (
    i.e. Slamming them into the feed ramp) and can set back even a well crimped bullet.

    I empty my expensive personal defense ammo and reload with ball at the range, and then reload the good stuff when I'm done. I recently noticed that my top two rounds were set back and they measured 0.040" short of my COAL.

    Fortunately, I was using a COAL that was longer than the min., and though the loads are warm, they are below max, so would likely have been safe anyways, but I pay much closer attention now. Even the 0.040" is apparent when placed next to the third round in the mag.

    Fuel for thought.....

    Fill us in on your lad data and make/model pistol.
  19. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    The 2 brass cases that took the abuse were Federal, once fired by me, so I know they really were once fired.

    SSN Vet: The ones that went kaboom, were the 3rd & the 4th rounds in the mag.
    They were fed into the mag just once.
  20. lono

    lono Well-Known Member

    Glad you did not get injured and thanks for sharing.

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