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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by coondogger, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. coondogger

    coondogger Member

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    loaded ten 38 spl’s with 125 gr jacketed bullets and 4.3 grains of Universal. The starting load is 4.7 grains; I set the scale wrong. I’m concerned about a squib. Should I pull them?
     
  2. lordpaxman

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    Yes. I had 125gr, with 4.8gr of Universal, at COL 1.455, and they were Vel Avg 648fps out of a 6" 686. It's only 10 you have to pull! Or, if you're careful, and take a squib rod with you.
     
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  3. rfwobbly

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    With only 10, it's a toss-up. You could fire them if you check the barrel for obstructions after each shot. Or you can get out the kinetic hammer. You choice.
     
  4. Mostly Lead

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    If I were concerned over a load - I'd pull them..
     
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  5. coondogger

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    I’ve been shooting 125 gr with 4.7 grains Universal from a 686 2.5 barrel and they seem fine. But I believe I’ll pull these.
     
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  6. badkarmamib

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    I've pulled loads that many would consider safe, just for my own peace of mind. 10 rounds isn't a lot of waste or time, but I would pull them, just to save the worry at trigger time. Just my $0.02.
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    I guess I'm the odd man out but I see no reason to pull those rounds. If I were shooting them in competition where I am pulling the triggers fast as I can sure, pull them but you are at the range shooting at your pace. Your load has less than a 10% reduction, I would shoot them. Over 10% would start to concern me. Of course you have to choose what's best for you.
     
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    I'd marked them with a sharpie and shoot them where I can see where I am hitting. No hit, check the barrel or you can check after every round. Why waste a chance to shoot something.
     
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  9. coondogger

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    Pulled them. Back to the bench.
     
  10. Rule3

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    The real definition of a "squib" is just an under powered load. It does not have to mean the bullet gets stuck.

    I would have shot them People shoot loads "under" start loads all the time. Depends on what data you look at.
    But a stuck bullet in a revolver is no fun.;)
     
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  11. thomas15

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    That is true for sure.

    Having acknowledged that I'm struggling to believe that 4.3 grains of that substance would not propel that bullet out of the muzzle.
     
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  12. Riccochet

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    They were probably OK to shoot. Just would have been some slow rounds. My go-to load for 115gr 9mm with Win231 is under the suggested starting load. Cycles my semi's just fine.
     
  13. Allen One1

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    Now that you have pulled the bullets would you mind loading one at 4.3 grains and shoot it just so we know if it shoots or is a squib. Only way to settle the argument at this point. :D
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Point the barrel up and bring it slowly to level before firing each round to ensure that the powder is back against the primer. Have a brass rod handy in case, but I am betting they all exit the barrel.
     
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  15. coondogger

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    You got it.
     
  16. Allen One1

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    More of a joke than anything. If you do load it be careful, don't tear anything up and don't get hurt.
     
  17. Casefull

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    They absolutely would not have been a problem.
     
  18. fotheringill

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    If I am in doubt in some reloading step, I pull rather than have it on my mind.
     
  19. 460Shooter

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    Since it was only ten rounds, I'd have pulled them also.
     
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