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Old April 22nd, 2017, 06:34 AM   #16
 
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Evidence of a KABOOM. You might ask around and learn what/when this occurred.

I'd sure take it home for future reference, just to preserve it. The "owner" might be interested to have it back for whatever reason.



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Old April 22nd, 2017, 07:23 AM   #17
 
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I was thinking the ramps leading to the cylinder stop notches look like some Charter Arms I have looked at. Curious what caliber. I've read of a few of the .44 Spl Bulldogs going south.
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A couple years ago I found a new Walther 9mm pistol at our range. I was there early (6am) and saw a bag on a shooting bench. Looking inside was the pistol, factory ammo and other stuff. No one else was around. When leaving I posted on the bullitan board and left my phone number. Guy called me later and ID'd the stuff, met him and boy was he ever happy. Wanted to give me $50 bucks but I refused his offer. Never did ask him how or why he left it there.
I am glad you had the integrity to do what you did. Too many people would have been tempted to keep everything, or at the minimum ignore it. As fellow shooters, we should have each other's backs
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Double charge I bet. Or else they mistook the Bullyseye can for the Unique.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 10:18 AM   #20
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A KABOOM! that drastic is possibly from a double charge of a fast powder, like 8.0 grains of Bullseye instead of 4.0...
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Yep, bad day.

I can't tell from the pictures, is it from a SA revolver (no extractor star) or a DA revolver ?

My first impression was a Colt or a Colt clone ?
It's a double action cylinder. The picture angle from the rear shows the recess cut for the extractor star.
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Evidence of a KABOOM. You might ask around and learn what/when this occurred.

I'd sure take it home for future reference, just to preserve it. The "owner" might be interested to have it back for whatever reason.
I did indeed bring it home. It's a neat little curio in the cabinet now unless it's owner ever claims it. I will be asking around if anyone local heard of a kaboom at the gun club over the winter.
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I was thinking the ramps leading to the cylinder stop notches look like some Charter Arms I have looked at. Curious what caliber. I've read of a few of the .44 Spl Bulldogs going south.
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I think you're on to something. Stop notches arean't shaped like Taurus revolvers I've seen. Perhaps it is a Charter Arms 38 or 357 of some type. I'm out of town otherwise I'd measure the one intact chamber and verify caliber.
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Just checked out the CA web site. I'll put my money on it being a CA. Now the question is what caliber. Picture angle is tough but looks to be bigger than .357 caliber. As I stated in my first post I have read about a somewhat recent run of .44 Specials fragging with Factory ammo. Most Factory .44 Special is usually loaded on the light side as compared to max reloading loads. May not even be an overcharge. Guy may have loaded up a max load out of a manual. I usually shoot the Hornady XTP 200 gr with 6.5 Unique for a comfortable load. Max listed is 7.5 Unique. If only the cylinder could talk.

I inspected a brand new Bulldog at my local dealer last year. Timing was off. Cylinder jumped out of lockup. Fit was absolutely horrible. Felt like the gun was going to fall apart in my hand. I honestly would have been afraid to fire it. I know many CA owners swear by them. Maybe I had a lemon. I was seriously thinking of grabbing one for carry but that hands on inspection quickly ended that idea.
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Wow, that's not good...hope the shooter, (and bystanders), weren't harmed.
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Well, I finally handled the blown cylinder again and surprisingly... it's a 38 special

I figured it was a 357 mag, but as you can see, 357s are too long and will not fully chamber. The poster that suggested the culprit may have been a double charge of a fast burning powder might be on to something.
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I did indeed bring it home. It's a neat little curio in the cabinet now unless it's owner ever claims it. I will be asking around if anyone local heard of a kaboom at the gun club over the winter.
Keep that chunk of shrapnel on your reloading bench in full view. It's a good reminder to;

Go slow, double check everything, think safe, and most important, have fun...
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Well, you know the jokes about golfers and their bad days of pitching their clubs into the water? Why not a range?

Forgotten equipment? I'm an RO at our local range and every once in awhile (maybe 2 or 3 times a month) somebody will get distracted when picking up and leaving and forget something. Our lost and found box has gotten much bigger, especially when competition season starts up. We have over 3800 active members so figure the law of probability.
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Major Tom - yer story/method of handling it really makes sense.
GONRA's Shootin' Club Range hasa sign that one is NOT TO TOUCH
such a "forgotten firearm" but call the State Police and let them handle it.

Bet my Shootin' Club Range's Insurance Company dictated some of this?
(Will never no - always thought it was kinda wierd...)
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