Monday, October 26, 2009

Should've bought a Ruger






I'm curious as to what caused this. I've never seen this kind of damage before.
Was it the wrong powder? A blend of powders? Bad data?
I'm seriously doubting a double charge as that's kind of (but not impossible) hard to do using magnum loads.
Any theories?
Thanks to Steve for passing this along.
He found it at:

9 comments:

curtislowe said...

Yikes, that's the gun I use to hunt wild boar with every year (S&W 629 - 5")!

Tattoo Jim said...

Cheese and crackers, got all muddy!!! If the weapon looked that bad I'd hate to see what his pants looked like!!! Damn!!!!!!

wirecutter said...

Yeah, I've heard of frames cracking and top straps peeling back from overloads, but that's the first time I've ever heard of (or seen pictures of) the cylinder split. I'm also wondering if it wasn't a factory defect in the 629.

VC said...

Did it cook off the other two rounds in the image or just blast them apart?

wirecutter said...

Looks to me like it just peeled them, VC. I'm not seeing any burn marks inside the cases.

MauserMedic said...

Speaking from undesired personal experience, the wrong faster burning powder in the amount of proper for a slower burning powder will blow sundry bits off a 30-06, leaving the bolt engaged permanently; cylinder steel is a lot thinner than a rifle chamber.....

agile_dog said...

Looks like what happens when you use +P+ loaded charges in a weapon not rated for them.

wirecutter said...

Mausermedic, that's what I was thinking too. Using 20 grains of Bullseye instead of H110 will fuck up your day.

LUCKY said...

Fuckin ow that dude couldn't of lived!