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Just caught what could have been an unpleasant surprise

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by weekender823, Mar 2, 2017.

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  1. weekender823

    weekender823 Member

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    I was at the bench tonight resizing some 38 specials on my single station press. I picked up a case and as I slid it into the shell holder I thought it felt heavy. When I looked, there was a live 32 acp round nestled inside the empty case so that the decapping pin would have hit the primer.

    Then I remembered taking a new toy - a WWII bring back Mauser HSc - to the range last trip. It had some light primer strikes that failed to fire. I must have accidentally ejected one into my spent case box. Anyway, I don't recall ever hearing of this hazard before and wanted to pass it on.
     
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  2. WestKentucky

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    Yeah, try getting a 22lr nose down in a .270 win and slapping the thing with a universal decapper. You need a few new things immediately following this experience, boxer shorts is at the top of that list.
     
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  3. ksimons

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    Yowsa that would be a surprise.
     
  4. Dog Soldier

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    The most common decapping pin destroyer is a nestled case. It is very common to have a 9MM Luger inside a .45 ACP.:eek:
     
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    At least those are easy to see. A .32 ACP in a .45 Colt is easier to miss. I have had more things hide in .45 Colt cases than any other. Whenever I shoot it along with other calibers I try to be careful and not leave any in them when tossing them in the fired brass bin.
     
  6. mdi

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    Yep, inspection is the single most important part of reloading...:thumbup:
     
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  7. 460Shooter

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    Would have scared the heck out of me. Good thing to look out for.
     
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  8. Varminterror

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    Yup - which is why this kind of thing has never happened to me, and God willing, never will. When I pull them out of the brass bag, I find all kinds of "fish within another fish," but they never make it to the bench that way.
     
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  9. Wildfire

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    Since the small primer .45 acp cases started showing up I learned to look at each one before it goes in the press. Stupid happens when trying to get a large primer in a small hole.
    I get a lot of once fired indoor range brass. Those small primer .45s just seem to keep showing up. It has now become a must to check every case.
     
  10. DeadEye9

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    Plan to see more of the small primer .45s my friend, seems to be the industry standard now for new production .45 ACP. All the 2016+ ammo I've seen in .45 from the big factory brands have been going small Pistol. Back to the OP though, I definitely know what you mean. I've found all sorts of things inside of other cases when unloading range bags of brass. As was said previously, a good eye is the most important trait a reloader can have.
     
  11. MRH

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    Wow. Fortunately I've managed to avoid a loaded round in a case I was going to reload. I learned many years ago that a 9mm or 40S&W would fit in a 45 ACP case. If I had fired different rounds at the range, when I went tumble clean my brass, the brass would go into separate bags. Even so, once in a while a case would still end up in a 45 ACP. I look at every one before putting in the press.
     
  12. mbopp

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    Wow. The worst I've done is bend a decapper rod on a pebble in a .38 case.
     
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