A Reminder on Squib Loads

My impromptu camera narrative could use some work; however, the message is to know your gun and how it operates in all conditions — especially malfunctions.  For this drill, I was left with a blunt object or a throwing weapon.  Plan accordingly for catastrophic failures.

Bullet was removed.  Upon inspection, gun wasn’t damaged.  It could have been much worse had the bullet cleared the cylinder and I pulled the trigger again.

Loads were .357 158 gr. FMJSWC Gold Country Reloads from Sacramento Valley Shooting Center.

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4 Comments on “A Reminder on Squib Loads”

  1. December 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Gotta watch out with those reloads. Good reminder for everyone. Thanks for posting. Video did not embed by the way…

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

      Silly youtube tags. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. January 3, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    38 special is the only cartridge I have ever had a squib in from my reloads. It is tough to look in those tall cases when they have such a small charge of powder.

  3. January 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Thirty something years ago when I began reloading, an article by Jeff Cooper in American Handgunner, and an experienced reloading friend steered me away from dense powders, (Bullseye, etc) and to bulky powders (Herco, Blue Dot, 2400). The bulky powders are less likely to be double charged, and it is easy to visually check each case for the proper level of powder before bullets are added. It was a simple and safe solution, and so far it has not failed me.

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