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#6710283 - 03/20/17 02:05 PM never had that happen before - boom in the face
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Registered: 02/15/15
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Loc: Addison Tx or Cisco Tx
Sunday morning we were at the lease in Cisco at our shooting range.
Set up a bench & rest. I have a beautiful Remington 700 deluxe in 17remington that I had purchased back in the late 80'S. I use to varmint hunt and reload for this rifle quite often. I always reloaded to factory spec of - 25grain @4200fps.

Anyway rifle has been put away for the last 15 years along with some reloaded ammo in my safe. I ran across some factory ammo not to long ago and decided to start shooting the gun again & start chasing varmints.

So on Sunday for some stupid [censored] reason I decided to check accuracy using these old reloads(which had never been a problem or show any signs of overpressure, when loading these round each load was weighed on a scale ) anyway 3 rounds everything is good to go & then #4 pretty much blew up in my face. All I remember is whole right side of my face was burning & stinging & both ears had severe ringing where you could not hear anything else. right eye was stinging and had grit/ powder flakes in it. I was by myself- it could have been bad news- turned out to be not so bad after I washed my face and eyes out & hearing came back. mostly came out with the right side of face looking like it was sunburned.

@ the very minimum 2 things I did wrong were : no shooting glasses or hearing protection. And I assume I should just destroy those reloads.

anyway after awhile I pulled the bolt out of the gun it was very tight but unlocked by hand; Shell casing is jammed in the front of the bolt head : looking at case there was a 1/8 to 3/16 hole blown in the case wall close to the rim. tried to knock the case out and it broke off at the rim still being stuck in the bolt face. you can see the rim and the primer hole & primer sill all in one piece stuck in bolt face.

SO what should I try to do to get the rim/primer section out & what should I do to check for damage?

PS checked target later and that last round was a bull eye. so no squib stuck in the barrel but will verify when I clean the weapon.


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#6710293 - 03/20/17 02:16 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
Gone to Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2642
Loc: Hurst
Man, glad you are alive to post the story. I'm sure that was a terrifying situation.

#6710301 - 03/20/17 02:25 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
Choctaw Offline
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Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 5391
Loc: Texoma
Not sure how to fix the case problem but glad you're okay.

#6710327 - 03/20/17 02:56 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 7537
Loc: bastrop county
you should have went and bought a lottery ticket, glad you are okay
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#6710360 - 03/20/17 03:20 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
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Registered: 11/02/11
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Loc: Waco
Sounds like classic case head separation from over-sizing brass(setting shoulder back too much.
You should be able to just put side pressure on the piece of case and get it loose from underneath the extractor.
I would junk all that brass as its all suspect now,although the load seems fine.
Yes I try to make myself always wear shooting glasses as I have had a similar blow out with factory new ammo but alas when hunting I rarely do so.
"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

Jack O'Connor 1963

#6710564 - 03/20/17 07:07 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
kmon1 Offline

Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 22474
Loc: Texas
What DStroud said. I would pull the bullets and trash the rest. If for what ever reason you cannot get the brass out of the bolt or want to hang on to it for conversation piece Pacific Too; an Gauge (PTG) sells Remington 700 bolts.

Edited by kmon1 (03/20/17 07:09 PM)
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#6710565 - 03/20/17 07:09 PM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
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Registered: 08/30/05
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Loc: Collin County TX
Really glad to hear your okay. Had a bad experience once with reloads. Now even with factory ammo, eye and ear protection is mandatory.
He is your friend defender your dog. Be worthy of such devotion

#6710849 - 03/21/17 07:01 AM Re: never had that happen before - boom in the face [Re: hetman]
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
This might be the one time a man is justified in taking a selfie !!!

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it is the illusion of knowledge.--Stephen Hawking


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