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Posted - April 04 2021 :  12:13:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A brother from church and I went out shooting yesterday for the first time in months and when we arrived at our shooting spot, I immediately noticed a bunch of large, rimless straight wall casings on the ground. As I began reaching down for the first one, I saw that the case had a huge bulge in it starting just forward of the head, so I flipped it upside down to read the headstamp. .338 Federal. Once I got it home and took some measurements, my suspicions appeared to be confirmed which was that someone (hopefully safe and sound) had taken out their .338 Winchester Magnum chambered rifle and managed to fire off 21 rounds of .338 Federal ammunition in it and somehow didn't manage to blow themselves up and/or destroy their rifle. Then again, I could be wrong and maybe that 22nd round failed and disaster struck. I recalled that I'd seen something like this years before when another brother and I went out shooting with one of his friends at the same spot and his friend had brought a box each of Federal .308 Winchester and .30-06. I noticed, but figured that he'd brought two rifles along until he fired off several rounds and ejected one spent round and looked at it questioningly. It turns out that he thought he'd grabbed two boxes of .30-06 but didn't look any closer before loading and ended up firing a round of .308 out of his .30-06. It is a testament to the quality of modern rifle brass that none of them failed. Regarding yesterday's find, somehow, the extractor had held the cartridge tightly enough against the bolt face so that once the round fired the primer had only backed out a touch with an otherwise normal, well centered primer indentation. When my friend asked why I was picking them all up and keeping them, I replied, "Teaching tools."

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Chris Christian
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Posted - April 04 2021 :  2:04:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ya can't fix Stupid.

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Jim Higginbotham

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Posted - January 22 2022 :  09:10:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep, most of the time...then again sometimes stupid fixes itself.

I have a friend (he actually is a friend, not just an acquaintance) who's cousin bought a '98 Mauser with a custom barrel and no caliber stamp - the shop owner (pawn shop) said the guy who traded it in said it was a .350 Remington Magnum.

Well, my friend owns a .350 (M-600) and had some ammo - so these rocket scientist decide to fire it. At least they tied the rifle to a n old tire and pulled the trigger with a string!

Kaboom! They brought it to me to fix, fortunately the damage was mostly to the stock, it did not hurt the action. Sadly it was a very nicely figured stock.

I determined the rifle was actually a .338 Win Mag - the perfect storm, a short belted magnum with a bigger bullet will fit nicely in the chamber


Originally posted by Chris Christian

Ya can't fix Stupid.

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Posted - January 23 2022 :  2:49:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Too often the source of the stupidity is behind the counter at a gun shop!

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