Looks like I will be marking my range rod. Went to the range day for finale practice round before our season on Friday and lucky I will still be able to go on Friday. Was shooting when my cousin came over to my bench to use the spotting scope. I must have put a load in and then got to talking to him on how to use the scope. Went back to my gun. Did I load that. Dropped the rod in. Heard it hit solid. I think its empty. Hey count your bullets. Ok! I sized 10 bombs for today. Three in the target, 7 in the bag with the other bullets I sized. Take one out and load up. Shoot. Holly crap. Recount the bullets in the bag and only have 5. Miscounted. Double load. Very destructive. Blew the barrel apart. Destroyed the stock, shooting bag and scope. But luckily I nor anyone else was harmed. This is what 20 grs of 4759 and 116 grs of 4198 with two 302 bombs will do. BIG LESSON LEARNED. If I had had my hand on the forearm it would probably be mush. Good news is I got a email today that my full form die is on its way from Luke's for this barrel.
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2016 15:17:11 GMT -5 by doggzoe
WOW...I am glad you are OK..and able to type this...dam thats scary looking..glad you posted this as a reminder that poop happens..I always set my witness mark on my range rod when I get to range..first load I wrap blue tape on rod.when bullet seated...
Some one upstairs was watching over you on this...glad he was ..and yes you were humble enough to come and tell of your experience..it is sorta a wake up call to us..
Hey !! The good news isn't the die . The good news is you are not seriously injured and that no one was standing too close to you when you fired ! I really dislike having people around when I'm shooting and especially my MLs . I usually just shoot 3 shot groups ( 2 shot groups if they are real close and where they are suposed to be ) and only take out 3 powder vials and 3 bullets at a time ... and since I'm still a sabot shooter , I take things real slow . I am happy that you were not hurt . God was looking out for you . Chris
Sorry about your rifle but no one was hurt so that is good indeed!
I have been interrupted more than I would like and have a procedure that works for me ( along with a witness mark ).
1) if I have shot but not loaded just leave the rifle alone; 2) if I put powder down the barrel then it gets a fiber wad JUST at the muzzle and not rammed home; 3) if it is loaded then the ramrod goes back in the barrel OR it goes on the bags in firing position with the bolt open and primer next to it.
Whatever you come up with, have a procedure and stick to it...or it isn't a procedure
Post by brownisdown on Nov 15, 2016 14:22:26 GMT -5
so glad to see that you are okay.After reading on this forum awhile back that other people had did the same thing,I marked my ram rod the very first time I loaded it.Once again good to hear you walked away with all your human parts.
Thanks guys. Yes someone was looking over a sinner like me and I'm thankful. Really was a spooky thing. One thing I did not mention is the barrel split into 3 piece and if you look at the picture, one of them is gone. Did not notice it till I got home. Luke, thanks for the offer but I have 3 more in the safe to cover me this season. I will be talking to you later though! Need one with a Brux barrel to fit the full form die.
Post by BuckDoeHunter on Nov 15, 2016 20:29:56 GMT -5
Really sorry to read what happened, very glad you are ok. I read a report on another board about a double load and a witness mark was on the ramrod but not looked at. I am going to research putting a collar with a set screw on my ramrod so it's very obvious something is not right.
That is a great suggestion (Light) Sure glad the shooter came out of this fine which could have been worse. It's posts like this that really make you think. When I am loading it never fails some one will ask a question what I do is put the patch in the barrel answer the question then I see the patch I know I am loaded. Witness mark #1 pull the breech plug #2 if still uncertain (Messy) Powder all over the place clean up is far better than a blow up
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