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    A reminder to me to triple check your charged cases before seating bullets..

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    This is what happens when you are obviously not paying close enough attention to ensuring that each and every case has a powder charge...

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    Whoops. Good thing it was a revolver!

    I use a RCBS Lockout die to check powder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clusterfrack View Post
    Whoops. Good thing it was a revolver!

    I use a RCBS Lockout die to check powder.
    I load on an old Pacific single stage press I bought in the early ‘80s to load inexpensive .38 practice ammo for work.
    Seven grains of WST in a .44 Magnum case doesn’t take up a lot of space. Makes a great reduced load in the 3” M29. 850 FPS average.
    Will triple check all cases with a strong flashlight thrice before seating bullets from now on.

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    There are two types of loaders: those who have squibbed a load and those who will. There might be a picture floating around the interwebs of my 442 with a bullet sticking out of the crown, but I'll never own up to it.

    No harm no foul and it's a well-learned lesson, despite the Monday-morning quarterbacking you might get. With shorter cases such as 9mm and powder charges that fill half of the case, it's easy to visually inspect each one before seating a bullet. I say to myself "powder there" every time I seat a bullet. With .38/.357/etc, the tall brass makes it much more difficult to see down into the case and that's where a powder-check die really shines.

    Glad you caught it before sending the next round down the barrel...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER_STL View Post
    There are two types of loaders: those who have squibbed a load and those who will.
    I have. I've never failed to charge a cartridge, but I learned CFE-pistol is position sensitive in moderate .38 loads. I also learned the value of a brass rod in my range bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyG23 View Post
    reduced load in the 3” M29. 850 FPS average.
    FWIW, Trail Boss powder will do that easily and give you a nearly full case, making those checks much easier. It'll also prevent a double-charge. Trail Boss is what I use for my "44 Special" level loads using magnum brass.

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    Some folks poo poo them, admonishing that one can avoid problems by simply visually checking every case for powder, etc... I say... schtuff happens and a powder check die catches it when you miss it. Highly recommended!

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    The time I did that, it stopped crossing the cylinder gap into the forcing cone. Tied the gun up. Case had no powder at all, just a primer to pop and push it forward.

    Wooden dowel and a mallet popped it all the way back into the case.

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    Been there, done that. Way better than a double charge.
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    I saved my squib on the loading bench to remind me.
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