Seen it twice, first time the man was ramming the ball down and the powder ignited sending the rod straight up in the air. We all froze because we couldn[t see where it was and had no idea which way to go. It came down sticking in the ground about 10' in front of and tpo the right of the shooter, all he got for it was a broken rod and a burn on the palm of his hand.
Second was at a clay plate busting match after the days skirmish was over. Missed the plate at 50' and sent the rod about 30 yards down range, only damage was to his pride. He had been answering questions from the audience and just lost track of where his rod was. No harm to the rod or either gun.
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