Yes, AAs are known to come apart inside your barrel. Do a search and you'll find plenty of threads about them. No one I know uses them, nor will anyone I know knowingly shoot next to someone who is shooting AA reloads. Too many barrels have blown up from the base wads coming out of them. There are pictures on the web, and some have been posted here. Load Remingtons or Federals and save the hospital bills.
The old style ones could get maybe 8 to 10 loads out of em. You had to look em over carefully but then that is a thing with loading anyway. The newer type shells they do ok but not as many reload times out of them. Looks like 3 to 5 if possible. The body of the new ones are a little heavier in thickness and the crimp has to be watched a little more than ususal. They load and shoot fine. They are rolled now and have a side seam and if you don't keep an eye on this they do have a tendancy to get week and will split at the seam but no major damage. As long as the brass is intact they are fine. I have shot these when they have split and things have gone ok. Of course it got tossed after that.
Most of the ones I see on the ground at the lines are the Estate hulls.
Those you are lucky to get 3 loads out of em. Mostly not worth the time when you can get the Reminton STS's and get 8 to 9 loads out of em. Same for the Nitros and the Golds. If anyone has had this kind of problem with the new AA's let us know about it, Thanks!! Rich. (inPeoria,Az.)
The previous thread by Incognito references a previous thread w/ problems w/ the AA hulls, but there are various comments about sloppy reloading combinations, and questinable abilities of many people having problems. Has anyone on this thread actually seen it? (wad separation, barrel damage)
I assume Winchester would have no liabilty, as we reloaders are using one of their components which is not advertised as "reloadable" to the public market? Or is it? Winchester sells wads, primers, and powder to the public too. I find it odd that there were not be a recall if there was a threat of bodily harm, and possible lawsuits.
Incognito, you are so full of crap that your eyes are brown. I have been loading HSAA hulls for 5 years with out any interior wad coming loose or out. The only things is they have a tendency to crumple and split. I will take everyone you will send me. FD
Keybear: Looks like you will have to quit shooting with me and be sure and tell George, Dick and Dave! I load those terrible new style AAs and I would not want to jeopardize your safety! Maybe you suspected this the way you shot the first 25 Sunday!? Incognito just ruined my shooting with you guys! Tom Rhoads
I ran some tests with the new dark greys, reloading them 16 times before I started getting some crimp failure. I did the test 25 times and got the same results every time, with never a basewad failure.
I have approximately 4000 dark grey AA hulls that have been reloaded 8 times. After the second reload I experienced cracking from the brass up 1/2-2" in 2 or 3 shells per 300 rounds. After 5 reloaded the amount increased to 5 or 6 per 300 rounds. After 8 reloaded it's about 6 or 7%, this is to many.
Now the big problem starts, the tube seperates from the brass and lodges in the barrel. I shoot a DT-10 and check the barrel every shot and you will be suprised what you find. Pieces of the base wad laying in the barrel, not a safe condition. I know of one person who bulged his barrel because of this situation.
I reload 16.4 gr of 700X winchester 209 primers and AA12 wads. I got rid of all Win.AA dark grey hulls and replaced them with Rem. STS and Nitro 27's