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Extra shell inspection in the cold

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bruce Em, Jan 17, 2009.

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  1. Bruce Em

    Bruce Em Member

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    Its about 10 F here in the am and minus at night.

    Our shells sat in the car while we were doing other things. I advised my son and his friend to make sure all fired shells came out of the gun whole.

    With the severe cold I suspect plastic shells can become more brittle, increasing the possibility of a hull separation leaving the hull in the barrel while still breaking the bird.

    Might be a wothwhile exercise for all?

    Has anyone else had a hull fracture just above the brass?

    I have had 410s do it although the hull usually exits the barrel

    best regards.
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    all papers will after they have been reloaded several times. I have also experienced it with the Active hulls, has nothing to do with cold weather though
     
  3. don q

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    I've had it happen with papers through a 1100 twice. They were loaded 3 times. I quit using them in a gas gun. My daughter was shooting at the time and they sounded funny so I check the barrel and stopped using them.
     
  4. ou.3200

    ou.3200 Well-Known Member

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    I have had the front of Activ hulls separate and lodge in the barrel during cold weather. I only load them during warm months now. I have seen Gold Medals do the same thing.
     
  5. LDAdd

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    Donq;

    From my experience with a lot of Federal papers in the "old days", you didn't really want to shoot them more than three times in any guns, especially any auto. When you see pinholes around the lower paper area, you've already shot them too many times.

    Blue Magics and early Gold Medals were prone to separate about 1/2" or so above the brass. None of this was caused by cold weather as it happened just about any old time. I've heard that current GM's will occasionally separate as well, and before the crimp deteriorates. Others have told me this but I have no experience with these shell.

    It turns out that you just can't beat the old style AA's and all current STS type shells. No separations almost never a longitudinal split.

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    Thanks

    Larry A.
     
  6. Dr.Longshot

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    The new Federal Smooth Hulls seperate very easily, they don't reload very many times like the ribbed hulls.



    Gary Bryant
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  7. don q

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    Larry A: Yes and I have seen pinholes after 2 times. I check every shell before loading again. But boy they sure shoot soft.
     
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