Post by hankinsrfls on Nov 5, 2014 8:46:15 GMT -5
Guys, Here is another rifle that was double loaded. One powder charge, One bullet, One powder charge, One bullet. charge was 65 grains of IMR4198. The person that blew up this rifle took 100% responsibility for the miss-hap, He did lose his thumb in the accident. He said he cant blame anyone but himself for the failure as he knows for sure he double loaded it.
He told me that he loaded the gun and went hunting, not seeing anything he did not shoot the rifle... A few weeks later he went to the range with some friends and loaded the rifle again. Well you now what happened after that.
The rifle was built on a standard Remington Sendaro contour barrel with a 1.200 diameter very short shank. IMO this contour SHOULD NOT be used for an SML... regardless weather or not you ever double load it. He said he new it was a light weight and that the 65 grain charge was considered its max load,,, BUT,,, to me it is still to light of a contour to be using on these rifles. The only exception is when using brake open action guns and then the owner/shooter of these rifles must know his limits are much lower than those rifles built on center fire actions.
You can see where the barrel split and how thin the wall is at that point. There's not enough metal there to hold these kinds of pressures. Had this barrel been made of chrome molly steel it might have been able to eject the bullets and maybe only bulge the barrel. Or if it was 1.250 diameter for 4 inches it might have survived. We know of several double loadings and most of the time the barrel does not explode like this one but these other rifles had heavier barrels.
The owner of this rifle asked me to share the picture, He wants to keep his name quiet so please don't ask.... Some of you may know his name and I ask you to also keep it to yourself.
The owner also asked me keep the name of the maker quiet, as it was not his fault the rifle exploded. So don't ask. All I will say is it is not from a builder that is a regular on this board.
I can tell you the barrel was made by Douglass.
Look at this good and remember to never double load your rifle or you might also be missing a thumb, or worse.... Jeff.