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Old February 11th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #16
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Been there too! Had a .41 Magnum New Model Blackhawk - a buddy of mine (actually an armorer at a local PD) was "nice" enough to give me a handful of cartridges he had in his possession. As an idiot, I accepted them and took them with me to the indoor range along with my normal loads.

Needless to say, his loads were only used for one cylinder full - they didn't take the gun apart as I've seen above, but from that time on, one chamber of that cylinder got distorted enough that anything fired after that fire formed to the bulge had to be driven out - I ended up leave a dead hull in my "newly modified 5-shooter". It was a painful lesson learned - a both in the stinging hand and the cylinder damage!

Any ammo I get now from friends has the bullets pulled, powder dumped and a new charge made up to my own recipes!

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Old August 3rd, 2016, 03:11 AM   #17
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Another point to consider: I was reloading 44 mag loads using 23.8gr. Alliant 2400 over a 240gr. JHP. I was using a progressive press and had set the powder dispenser to desired load (I thought). As habit I always check every 5th powder load on my RCBS 505 scale. I was surprised to see that instead of 23.8gr. of powder I was loading 28.3 gr. So had to reject those loads. What happened was I had set the initial charge (using the 505 scale) wrong. Always check your scale and be sure those little scale weights don't move on you!
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Originally Posted by ExArmy11b View Post
More Rugers are ruined by idiot handlloaders trying to make dinosaur killer super max reloads than anything else.......

MY golden rule is if you need more power, step up a caliber.......don't load .357's to the absolute limit if you get "magnumitis", just buy a .44 Magnum.......or a .454.....

Factory ammo is not exempt, I almost blew up a Kahr Arms semi auto Thompson when a CCI Blazer .45 squib load lodged a bullet halfway down the barrel, the next round struck it and bulged the barrel. Kahr fixed it for free provided I included the empty box of CCI so they could get the lot number.
what he said

I ran some +p in a 45lc Blackhawk awhile back well just two rounds and that was enough we were concerned about about it and did not shoot anymore than the one cylinder I agree get a bigger cal if you need that much power ,although this was a accident and was lucky he still has a face left
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I weigh every single charge of each cartridge. I then immediately put a bullet in the case. Yes it is tedious, but it makes for more consistent safer reloads. Fast powders are for mild to medium loads. Use Longshot, and 296 for anything warm.

Except for a couple dead primers out of thousands of rounds never had a problem, knock wood. Personally I do not trust factory ammo, most of the police kabooms were with factory ammo. A factory can screw up just as easily as an individual. The difference is less resistance on warranty with factory.

I have never called Ruger, but have heard they bend over backwards with service.
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