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Old March 6, 2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Handloads and warranties


I am considering a Ruger #1 in 22-250 and in researching the cartridge I came across the fact that the first rifle chambered for the round (Browning High Power) was sold when the round was still a wildcat (1963). This made me wonder when those warnings in firearms' instruction books started showing know, the ones that say "the firing of handloads from this weapon voids the warranty".

Because if the presence of that sort of warning started before 1963, and Browning had those warnings in their instruction books, well, I guess the book for the BHP in 22-250 didn't have such a statement. At least until 1965, when Remington legitimized the cartridge and factory ammo actually became available.

So anyway, I guess this is sort of convoluted but I thought it was an interesting question. So, can anyone tell me when those warnings started appearing?


P.S. I notice that none of my rifles have this warning. So maybe it is more of a pistol thing?

P.P.S I notice that of my pistols, only the Sig semiautos (not the Ruger revolvers) have this warning. So maybe the warning is not as widespread as I thought?
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Old March 6, 2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Under the terms of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, I don't believe that a manufacturer can automatically void a warranty simply because reloaded ammunition was used. They can, however, deny a warranty claim if they can show that the failure was ammunition-related. As an example, they couldn't deny a warranty claim on a flaking finish just because you've fired reloaded ammo through the gun.
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Old March 6, 2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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Of the manuals I have that mention handloads, they just advise against it's use.
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