View Full Version : Beretta 96 question

Joe Portale
July 29, 2001, 06:40 PM
I should know this, but here it goes;

Does the chamber fully support the cartridge on the Beretta 96?


July 29, 2001, 06:46 PM

July 30, 2001, 07:32 PM
No is the correct answer.

Joe Portale
July 30, 2001, 07:38 PM
Thought so, I guess if I'm going to reload for this fellow, I had better buy a different barrel.

August 4, 2001, 09:58 PM
The answer to this question is debateable, however my answer to your question is no, you dont need to change barrels. The 40 runs at very high pressure. So do alot of other pistol cartridges. In theory the unsupported portion of the reloaded case should happen to return to the same position in the chamber, the theoretical "weaker" case could blow from the bottom of the barrel where it is "unsupported." Many, many people reload with pistols that are unsupported. Lead bullets also create alot of chamber pressure when you follow up with jacketed rounds without cleaning the lead fouling. Many have theorized that this is what causes Glocks to go Kaboom! By the way, both Beretta and Glock state in their instruction booklet to stay away from LEAD bullets. IMO stay away from lead bullets and hot handloads and you will be fine.

Joe Portale
August 4, 2001, 11:15 PM

The reason that Glock and Beretta both say to avoid lead bullets is the octaganol rifling in the barrel. The grooves are much shallower than older rifling. These shallow grooves fill up with lead pretty darn fast. I learned this the hard way. :rolleyes:

As far as the reloaded ammo in the unsupported chamber goes: I am the consumate brass rat. I scarf any brass that is in my lane. Once the manager of the indoor range that I go to that he was going to give me the "Cleanest Lane Award". :D

Back to the point of this. I have seen too many 40 cases that actually have a big blister down around the base of the case. That gives me the heeby-jeebies about reloading in an unsupported chamber. Of course there are a bunch of reloaders that want to run thier rounds very hot and ignore the possible trouble that causes. You are probably dead on about the excessive pressures. I like the 40 but buying factory ammo is expensive. That's why we reload, to get into that vicious circle. Reload to save money, cheaper to shoot, shhot more, reload to save money and so on.

Thanks for the input folks.