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#204603 - 12/28/19 09:24 PM Just a ,What If ?
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Last year bought a 100 rnd. box of loaded 41 mag ammo from someone I didn't know .He had reloading gear for sale [why I was there]. 220 gr cast and half jackets, two different loads marked on box.Pulled a couple of each and weighed charges. They match what is written down but charges are a grain over what I find in my books.

The question is, would you shoot ammo someone you didn't know loaded in your guns? And its just a question.
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#204605 - 12/28/19 09:55 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: junebug]
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I think i would in that case but it surely isn?t recommended and questionable to do so lol. it would depend on how much i knew about it.

Data from different sources varies by a few grains anyway. A manual is a guide, not a end all. Depends on each gun individually.
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#204606 - 12/28/19 10:27 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: KYODE]
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I feel your pain. I have about 600 loaded 41 mag that I got in a large buy. Every time I almost talk myself into it. I start asking myself a lot of questions. Does he drink? Did he have something else on his mind that day? Does he have solid, repeatable loading habits?

Then I see the pictures of the destroyed cylinders of revolvers and the stitches in the shooters face. And of course the face of my family flash through my mind.

I am going to get around to pulling them down one day. Usually I would play the odds, but seems like a little bit of a game of Russian Roulette. Just my 2 cents worth.

Opinions may vary and we all know what they are like.
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#204607 - 12/28/19 11:04 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: tred1956]
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Nope, never!!!.....not worth it.

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#204609 - 12/29/19 12:13 AM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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I had a Colt Anaconda in my hand the other day with the top strap, top three cylinders gone, frame broken on both sides cylinder latch and grips gone and the bottom of the frame looked like you took a B.F.H.to it. Supposed to have been a light load detonation from someone's reloads.The lady shooting it needed stitches. Don't know about detonation but I do know pressure when I see it and that one was blown with a lot of pressure.
And NO I DID NOT SHOOT THE reloads . Pulled them all down tonight. In my guns I shoot my reloads or my sons, and I taught him.
Kyode I agree manuals are guides, but they have the pressure testing equipment I don't have access to. They also can be wrong and I have a Hornady manual with a load marked out at Hornadys suggestion because it was a miss print and hot as hell.. If I want or need more power I would rather go to a bigger caliber instead of trying to force a smaller one.


Edited by junebug (12/29/19 12:27 AM)
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#204615 - 12/29/19 08:49 AM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: junebug]
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NOPE! nor do i trust 1/2 cans of powder that I picked up somewhere or old powder horns with "I'm sure its black powder of some sort".
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#204629 - 12/29/19 02:55 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: bluecow]
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NEVER!
I've seen way too many people do stupid big time. Some mistakes are mildly over pressure, some are hand grenades waiting to happen (literally). You've no way of knowing how unsafe the loads are. (Even the powder used could be different to the intended or stated powder). Just not worth it.

Pull the projectiles and you've got brass you can use for developing loads you can rely on.

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#204642 - 12/29/19 08:05 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: Walkingthemup]
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I did pull the loads down and threw away the powder. It was always my intention, just wanted to see what others would do.

Another thought, most of these pulled HARD! Impact puller on top of a steel safe made of 1/2" steel and 1" door around #500 of steel. Had to hit it hard and multiple times 10 to 20 blows most times pulling 220 gr cast bullets and half jackets. They had a good crimp, one half jacket came apart leaving the jacket in the case. SO could the lube have set up causing hard pulling, in effect gluing the bullet to the case? I know they have been setting in my basement for a year. I have never had bullets pull so hard before.
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#204644 - 12/29/19 08:30 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: junebug]
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You did the best thing pulling them.May have been safe but it only takes one.

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#204645 - 12/29/19 08:30 PM Re: Just a ,What If ? [Re: junebug]
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You did the best thing pulling them.May have been safe but it only takes one.

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