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Old November 28, 2005, 05:18 PM   #1
Capt Charlie
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Join Date: March 24, 2005
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Short charge to clear a squib?

Anybody that's ever had a squib knows what it's like to have a shooting session ruined, especially if you only brought one gun. Now I remember from my naval gunnery days that we kept a reduced charge, blank load called a short charge available to clear a squib. That wasn't a luxury; it was necessary to prevent a cook-off of HE rounds. Anyhow, could this be done with handguns or rifles to clear a squib? For .45 ACP, I was thinking of loading in the neighborhood of half a grain of 231 capped with a wax plug, & keep one or two in my shooter's box. Seems it would beat the hell out of the dowel rod thing, IF it would work, and IF it were safe! What say ye?
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