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What would happen?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by SONO MAN, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. SONO MAN

    SONO MAN TS Member

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    I was wondering what would happen if the wad is not setting all the way down on the powder. In other words, if there is about half an inch or so between the powder and the wad. Thanks for your inputs. Peter
     
  2. GW22

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    Powder needs to be packed tightly in order for shell to go off properly.

    -Gary
     
  3. SONO MAN

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    Is there a chance that the gun blow up ? Thanks, Peter
     
  4. sixten38

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    Provided it was the proper measure of powder and the wad cup did not seal it would be an off sounding report on the shot if not just an out and out blooper. No the gun would not blow up unless the barrel was blocked for some reason, such as firing off such a load and not checking to see that the barrel was clear of the wad afterwards and loading another poorly reloaded shell and pulling the trigger, then you may have an issue.
     
  5. SONO MAN

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    Thanks sixten38. Peter
     
  6. BDodd

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    Chances are quite high that the act of forming a decent crimp on your shell would cause the wad to settle right down on the powder. I vote for: in most cases, nothing untoward would happen if assembling shells without seating the wad "properly."....breakemall.....Bob Dodd
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

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    With BLACKPOWDER, such an airspace can result in a ringed chamber. For muzzleloaders the bullet and wad need to be seated completely against the powder. For blackpowder cartridges the same, or a dense filler material like cornmeal or stacked cardboard wads needs to be used.

    SOME smokeless RIFLE powders have been known to have a secondary explosion effect when used in reduced loads in very large cases. This can also happen with some loadings when the powder lays in the case horizontally, leaving a large airspace over the top of the powder charge, allowing the primer to ignite all the powder at once, instead of progressively.

    As for shotguns, I don't have the experience in reloading them to know, other than blackpowder, for which the same precautions apply. I've only followed smokeless shotgun reloading recipes to the letter.
     
  8. Ed Y

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    Peter,
    Quit fooling with all those different reloaders that you bought. Set one up and stick with it.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  9. SONO MAN

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    Happy Easter Ed. I am trying to make life easier by using one wad for two loads 1 and 1 1/8.
     
  10. WesleyB

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    Dont think that will work.
     
  11. SONO MAN

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    Wesley, I think you are right. Peter
     
  12. hmb

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    The Remington TGT12 wad is designed for that purpose. HMB
     
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