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Old September 18, 2012, 08:19 PM   #26
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HiBC: WW-540 is a high energy pistol powder and a high brass type shotgun powder. I use it in 9mm mostly and a few years ago in 9x21 major loads for USPSA. It looks the same as WW-760.

This event happened last spring and this is the first time I've felt like talking about it. I've loaded tens of thousands of rounds, had a couple of minor misshaps, but this is the first gun I've destroyed. I don't load anything to max levels and keep records and mark everything.

It was very hard to back to the reloading bench feeling totally stupid as I did and do. Now I tripple check everything.

I'm thankful for the super strong actions Savage builds and who ever was watching out for fools that day.

This is a pic of teh rifle before. I was so proud...
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Old September 18, 2012, 10:29 PM   #27
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Beautiful rifle Goldie.

It was very hard to back to the reloading bench feeling totally stupid as I did and do. Now I tripple check everything.
Glad you're back to doing what you enjoy.

...who ever was watching out for fools that day.
Very glad he's able to watch over more then one fool at a time.
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Old September 19, 2012, 10:36 AM   #28
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Last year I was at my range and they had to close early to clean up a long trail of blood that was the result of someone's rifle (supposedly a vintage Savage) blowing up and doing a number on the shooter's hand.

Really makes you realize that stuff does happen when you see the results with your own eyes.
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Old September 19, 2012, 04:53 PM   #29
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And it is important to be wearing eye protection so that you will be able to see the results with your own eyes.
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Old September 20, 2012, 03:55 AM   #30
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Goldy,glad you are OK.I just do not generally shoot other people's reloads,and I do not know you,but I bet you make some safe and careful ammo !!

I appreciate you posting the pic,its worth more than a thousand words.

I'd be happy to accept some handloader used the wrong powder,etc,if the blow up was like yours.That bolt blowing out just seems wrong.The guy having the bolt in his head says it blew out,got that..I just wonder if the locking lugs were rotated into battery.
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