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For the last 12 years my hobby has been overloading guns to see what happens.
Maybe a Contender is not stronger than the brass, because it is thin.
But any 98 Mauser I have seen, and I have over 50, is stronger than the brass.
Rem 700, Sav 110, Howa 1500, Mosin Nagant etc are all stronger than the brass.
But when the brass fails, what action do you want to be shooting?
A 98 Mauser is a little better than a pre 64 Win M70 and a lot better than a Rem 700.
But the 98 Mauser is no where near as good as a Handi rifle nor Sav 219 nor as good as the best I have tested... a Ruger #1.
What goes wrong with a case head blows off is that pieces of the 98 Mauser extractor, case head pieces, and gas come back and could hit the shooter. If the case head just swells up and the primer pocket gets big, the 98 Mauser is good for gas. It has a multi stage gas filter and shroud on the firing pin.
The Rem 700 is the worst.
The word 'forum" does not mean "not criticizing books."
"Ad hominem fallacy" is not the same as point by point criticism of books. If you bought the book, and believe it all, it may FEEL like an ad hominem attack, but you might strive to accept other points of view may exist.
Are we a nation of competing ideas, or a nation of forced conformity of thought?