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Old June 14, 2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question after reading thread regarding Accidental Discharge

Just completed reading the thread "Have you ever had an accidental discharge". As a new shooter, that is a great thread. It should be required reading.

In one post, the poster indicated that he had had a cookoff. Then other people started saying that it was a cookoff, not a hangfire.

What is a cookoff and what is a hangfire?
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Old June 14, 2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Premature ignition of ammunition by heat in the firing chamber, known as cook-off
And this is hang fire...
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HANGFIRE. Ever hear that word before? It means a
delayed ignition of a cartridge after the primer is struck.
People that shoot old Mil-Surp ammo need to tattoo that
word into their brain.
From...
http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting...hhangfires.pdf
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Old June 14, 2009, 01:17 PM   #3
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great info

great information.
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Old June 19, 2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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Unless you have a full-auto, closed-bolt gun, you will likely never see a cook-off. Hang-fires are very rare as well.
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Old June 19, 2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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Hang-fires are very rare as well.
. . . unless your shooting Paki .303 British!

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Old June 19, 2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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hang fire

unless you are shooting 8 mm lebel on MG strips
or jap 7.7 on strips.
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Old June 22, 2009, 05:46 PM   #7
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unless you are shooting 8 mm lebel on MG strips
Oh man, too cool! I got to shoot one original 8 mm Lebel round. I had loaded all my own from data I extrapolated from various sources. I think it was from WWI. It did indeed go click, wait for it, wait for it, bang!
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Old June 22, 2009, 08:07 PM   #8
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I've been shooting on aregular basis since 1973, never experienced either. Squibs, yes, from poorly loaded reloads (my fault)
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