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Cheap Squib removal tool

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by berettaprofessor, Feb 20, 2014.

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  1. jinxer3006

    jinxer3006 Member

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    New reloader working with unpublished loads.....please tell me you don't go shooting at Southern Chester County Sportsmen's and Farmers Association.
     
  2. floydster

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    A squib can happen to any handloader, I had my first one last year after 65 years at the bench, I never thought it could happen to me because I am sooo careful and observent, if you think you are beyond this happening to you---think again:)
     
  3. berettaprofessor

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    Please, I'm not that dangerous. I recognized both right away (in a revolver)and never fired another until I cleared the barrel.

    And I realize it's nice to live in fantasy land where you've got plenty of Win231 or HP38 stored up for handgun loads, but I've had to take what I can find and often there aren't loads for the bullet--powder match. So I've carefully worked up loads....and if you do that, and are being careful, you're bound to squib once or twice erring on the cautious side....or on the other end have an overload.

    Somebody had to work up those loads you cherish, ya know?
     
  4. berettaprofessor

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    I've got recent manuals, btw, of Lyman, Lee, Hornady, and the most recent Hodgon, and I check here and other forums for loading data. Don't know what else I can do with what I've got. If it ain't out there, then I guess from the closest data. If somebody wants to loan me a little HP38, then I'll have no trouble at all.
     
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    Squib Rod

    I agree with RC & Gamestalker but although I've not had occasion to need it for my own loads (knock on wood) I have had 6 occasions to help friends out of a jam with brass rods that I keep in the truck just for such occasions. I bought six foot brass rods of 3/16", 1/4", and 3/8" and cut 8" rods from each for squib rods that work well for .22 thru .45 and the 3/8 rod also works for removing wads by it's own weight for squib shotgun rds. I actually had a friend's imported shotgun shell come apart in his 20 ga. chamber. the shell head ejected fine but the plastic separated and remained lodged in the chamber. The 3/8 rod dropped from the front of the barrel removed it handily. For habitual offenders they make great gifts.
     
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  6. BobWright

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    I use a steel rod wrapped in duct tape.

    As to squib loads, I've experienced a few in my time. These were loads using Winchester 296 or Hodgdon H110. Weather was very cold and even the magnum primer failed to ignite the powder charge. Turned out the cases had very thin metal at the case neck and didn't provide sufficient neck tension.

    Interesting thing was that the primer blew the bullet up partially into the barrel and "pelletized" the powder charge behind it. these with .45 Colt cartridges.

    Bob Wright
     
  7. smovlov

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    Never had a squib. However if I did I would not pound it out at the range and continue shooting. If be back at the house pulling rounds and reevaluating my loading process.
     
  8. Potatohead

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    That seems to me a pretty decent point.
     
  9. 11c2v

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    Sounds like chronograph arguments.
    There are two kinds of reloaders, those who have, and those haven't yet.:rolleyes:
     
  10. 1SOW

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    A squib CAN happen to anyone. If you've ever started too low with a new-to-you powder, that's just one example.

    5/16" brass rod is available on Amazon/Ebay for about $7. It's enough to make 4-5 squib rods, or some sight pushers. I've loaned it out and used it to help another shooter with a squib.
     
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