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Federal hull came apart?

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Had a smooth sided federal hull shoot off on me last night. The plastic came off at the top of the brass. It was a twice fired hull and was used as a 3 dram reload. It has only been shot out of my K-80. The plastic shot out with the wad but it still hit the bird from the 27 quite hard and the recoil was normal but it sounded weak.

Has anyone else had this happen?
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Yes , that happened to me 2 weeks ago. It was a once fired GM smooth, broke off at the brass and stuck half way down my barrel, I had a hell of a time getting it out.

All of these shells are load once and dump....
 

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I threw away around 5,000 a couple of years ago for th same reason. I had to take out the choke, put a dime in the wad and beat the hull out of my barrel more than once. Went to remington.
 

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There was a lot number a few years back that was notorious for this occurrence. Many factory loaded were reported but I generally experienced the event on second loading. Mostof my tubes seized to the barrel. They can be darn troublesome to get out. I had a specificsized alumnium plug made. It still helped soaking barrel with Rem oil.
 

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I have used 1000s and not one came apart yet---Hate to say never---BUT---
I made a copper ram with the end shaved to a point---If and when it happens I'm ready to remove in less than 5 minutes---A little heat at the end of the rod will remove it quick----They are a great hull---If there are any throw aways,I'll pay the shipping----Thanks----George
 

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I have had the same problem with new Gold Medal, plus the old ribbed hulls and the newer smooth hulls in reloads. I gave up and threw away thousands of hulls, sold all my Federal primers and wads and now reload only STS and GC hulls. That's a shame, because the best ever performing 24g bunker load I had used a GM hull, F209A primer and 12S0 wad.
 
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