I'm sorry about the picture quality, but that's what I got when I reduced it so that it would fit on the forum--the case split back from just behind the neck through the head and let gas and tiny bits of brass out the back of the cylinder. My friend does inspect cases -I believe him-- he's no beginner. The load was for a 110 grain .357 loaded with 9 grains of unique a mild practice load.
You hear these stories about overworked brass being left on the range. I had never actually witnessed this kind of failure before, but I figured why take a chance? I get plenty of decent brass from friends who do not reload and save their guaranteed once fired factory ammo for me or else I buy premium virgin brass for my competition loads..
"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry Journal