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Gold medal (smooth) problems

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by verypoor, May 25, 2013.

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  1. verypoor

    verypoor Member

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    Recently, I have had 2 smoothies that were once fired, reloaded by me with 18gr. 700x, Downrange 12so wad.
    After firing, me ejector has slipped over the brass shell head(first indication)
    Prying the brass out, the plastic shell tube is 15" down my barrel. Removed at home later that night but very difficult and tedious process.
    I have a bunch of these and am gun shy about loading them . Any similar troubles?
     
  2. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    Everyone. Avoid them. Nothing but trouble!!
     
  3. timberfaller

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    Haven't had that problem, but others have, seen them on the ground at the club all the time.

    At least the bottom half to the hull. NOT my choice for a re-loadable hull.
     
  4. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    I shoot them all the time, the ones I shoot are some of the ones you see on the ground ... I had one that wouldn't not go off in 1996 I think it was ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  5. SC trapshooter

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    Next time you get a stuck hull part way down the barrel, drop a 28 GA hull down the muzzle, base first and push it out with a long dowel. Save your self a lot of grief and chuck the smoothies.
     
  6. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Thats why they dont make them (smooth) anymore.
     
  7. JT 27

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    I reloaded smoothies on a PW for the life of their mfg. The only problems I had was case buckling when using a replacement wad.
     
  8. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

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    I burnt a boat load of that crap...best way to get them out of your barrel is to take out of choke (if applicable) insert a wad with a dime in the end of the barrel and beat like hell with a dowel rod.
     
  9. Jawhawker

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    The ones that burn off were out of a run 3 or 4 winters ago. I did have the lot number but can't seem to find it. I usually got two loadings out of a hull before seperation occurred. Two friends of mine bought a pallet each of these and were having issues with new ones seperating.

    A friend of mine machined an aluminum plug to get them out. I finally loaded all of mine once and let em fly.
     
  10. southjblue

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    I load them all the time---Love them---Load them up and I'll pay shipping east of the Mississippi---Send a pm for shipping info----George
     
  11. Perazzi_MX8

    Perazzi_MX8 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone with pictures of the smooth ones? I quit shooting for over 20 years and have never seen one of them. My old hulls were ribbed just like the new ones I bought last year.
     
  12. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    The SMOOTH hulls were discontinued for Plastic Seperation and causing Bbl bulges in guns when they separated and lodged un-noticed in the Bbl.

    Do not reload the smooth Federal Hulls, they are bad enough new.


    GB
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  13. MNGuns

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    There is more than one smooth GM hull. One style is noticeably thinner, the other much thicker like a GunClub hull. There is also a ribbed hull, and a what I call a semi-ribbed hull. I load them all and have only seen one time a hole burnt in the hull on the thin smooth hull. The thick ones last quite a while, the thins I toss as soon as I see a split in the crease, and the ribbed don't last that long to begin with.
     
  14. dls guide

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    I just recently sent a flat and a half of new smooth gold medals back to Federal. I have had 3 come apart this year. 2 were in tournaments that could have cost me big, but didn't. The sharp stick procedure works good to get them out of the barrel. I am done with Federal if they don't replace the shells. I threw out all the hulls out too. I just loved the old ribbed Fed. hulls. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
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