Got my first squib...

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  • Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Well I over at DFW Gun Range today (fantastic range btw) shooting some bulk 9mm out of my M&P full size and I had a round sizzle and pop. I almost just tap rack banged but something told me to stop and assess my firearm. So I set it down, let myself calm down a bit and took it apart. Low and behold, there's a bullet staring back at me. I'm still shook up over it. I can't even imagine what would have happened if I hadn't been thinking or aware of squibs and how they feel. Never had it happen before today, but I've read enough about it on forums like this. I'm glad I did.

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    F350-6

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    First, I didn't know they had re-opened since the fire. Good to hear they're back up and running.

    Second, and more importantly, if you've got the time and access, I'd be interested to hear how much force it takes the bullet to come out of the barrel. Something simple like placing a weight on top of the dowel or some kind of spring pressure guage, etc. Or worst case, just let us know how hard you had to whack it to get the bullet to move. Then if there's a way to measure the diameter of the round to determine if it's an off size round or a poor powder load.

    I've been lucky enough to not have had a squib, but with the rate they're trying to make ammo these days to keep up with demand, the odds are probably increasing.
     

    Younggun

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    I've had a couple when I first started reloading.

    I just put a cleaning rod down the barrel and slapped the whole assembly down on a table (barrel only, removed from slide). Came out fairly easy.
     

    Robb in Austin

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    Scale for "Force applied to dislodge bullet":

    Like pushing a needle through wet cardboard.
    A little bit.
    A decent whack.
    Damn. This is harder than I thought.
    GTFO outta there bullet, you scumsucking, apple raping, I've seen better pieces of lead on a fishing line, POS!
     

    GlockOwner

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    Good job on catching that! It's a mental game to stay focused and be ready to react appropriately to each scenario. This thread, and others like it are always a good reminder
     

    Younggun

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    I'd call it "a descent wack". Not really just gonna push down and slide it out, but won't need a sledgehammer either.


    Just hold the cleaning rod (or whatever you use) in the barrel and hit the rod against the table so it taps the bullet out of the barrel.

    Looks like it didn't travel far so probably will come out on the first or second tap/hit.
     

    ROGER4314

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    Good catch!

    We had an M1 Garand shoot at a private club and I volunteered to help. The kid next to me fired the M1 and it went "pop". I stopped him before he pulled the trigger again. Turns out the members that reloaded the ammo for the event were careless and we had to stop and "shake test" every round before we continued. It could have been ugly!

    That stuff makes me wince so I actually weigh every reload. It's easy and fast. I set my digital scale on a properly charged round. I set tare to zero. Each round relates back to the initial round. If one shows -43gr, ............I have a problem. It only takes a few seconds per round and it will definitely detect a squib.

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    Texasjack

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    A good lesson for everybody!

    People worry about overloaded reloads, but squibs are usually more dangerous. If if doesn't sound right: STOP and Check it Out!

    Good catch by the OP!!
     

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