Kaboom !!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by 911JB, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. 911JB

    911JB New Member

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    While its not a XD it is a Springfield that is causing me to start this thread. As a reminder to my fellow reloaders I want to say double check your powder charges as well as keep track of the number of times you reload your cases. Remember the brass, while it will last a long time, wont last forever.

    A couple days ago a customer brought me in his Springfield 1911 to look over after a Kaboom. I must praise Springfield on the quality of their handguns, as this thing does not have a scratch on it.
    What happened that day, while I do have my hunches I am not 100 percent positive, but as you can guess from my reminder I think the guy either double charged the round while reloading. Or he had a case failure from over use of a case. The guy has ben reloading for decades and cant even guess as to how many times the case has ben used.He did say that he checks OAL every other use and trims as needed. So that leads me to believe that the case may have ben getting thin, but I cant say for sure.

    The guy was very lucky on this one and received no injuries but it did cost him a Wilson combat magazine.


    The round in the chamber , as you can see in the pic, split right at the rim of the case. The split occurred at the bottom and directed the gasses downward into the mag. That caused the first round in the mag to actually spin 180 degrees while inside the mag causing the brass to get shredded while ripping the FMG out of it. The mag was easily removed from the grip, so no damage occurred to the gun , but it did destroy the mad when it blew the bottom out and dumped all the contents on the floor.

    So Long story short, Reload goes Kaboom in Springfield, destroys Wilson mag. No damage to handgun.

    Here are a couple pics/ The case that has no damage to it was from us removing a FMG to weigh the powder to check the guys reloads.

    JB


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  2. threetango

    threetango Moderator Moderator

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  3. threetango

    threetango Moderator Moderator

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    Can't be too careful with reloads and to lose a Wilson mag is never good.
     
  4. agalindo

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    .45 is a pretty low pressure load, I would pretty much rule out weak brass. I've shot .40 and 9mm brass many times and have never had anything like that happen. I don't even keep track of the times I reload pistol brass. Looks like it was an over charge or the gun fired while out of battery. That split at the case head is usually a sign of this.
     
  5. tazo2503

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    Great post JB! Good to hear from you man. Y'all thawed out yet, or do you still have icicles in yer beard... LOL
     
  6. 911JB

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    Howdy mdr, good to see everyone again. Its still frozen around here, but they are talking about the weather changing real soon. I love winter, but this year it is even starting to get to me. lol. It seams to be snowing about every 3 - 4 days and I am just about out of places to put the snow. So I have spent a lot of time in my man cave either working on guns, or playing the guitar , or the bass. Both are good ways to pass cold snowy days.

    JB