Have you ever had a squib

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  • Bozz10mm

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    Oct 5, 2013
    Who has ever experienced a squib? I was just wondering how common or rare they are. Back in my earlier days, I used to reload for my .45 Colt Blackhawk. I wasn't all that experienced yet and usually only reloaded 50 or 100 rounds at a time with my single stage Rock Chucker. Even though I visually checked and double checked every powder filled case in the bullet tray, somehow I must have missed one.

    My BIL and I were out at the ranch plinking at cans. I had already shot 12 or 18 rounds, but on the next cylinder full, the third round just went "Poof" instead of "Bang". I knew what had happened and didn't try to fire another round, but I was shaking like a dog, because I could have just as easily cocked the hammer and tried it again.

    Unfortunately, there was a bullet stuck in the barrel about an inch and a half in from the forcing cone. I tried hammering it out from the muzzle end with a wooden dowel, but that sucker was stuck in there but good. It wouldn't budge. I ended up taking it to McBride's Gun Shop. They got it out, but put a really ugly ding on my front sight somehow. They apologized for that and didn't charge me for removing the bullet. Awful nice of them. :laughing:

    So, what are your experiences with squibs and how did you deal with them?


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    If you haven't, then you're either extremely lucky, or you're lying. Factory rounds, I can't say that I've had any. Reloads, only one batch. .357 mag and like you said, poof. Knocked that round out of the barrel and next, poof. Said nuh uh ... and pulled the whole box that I had made. Wasn't going to go through that anymore. Since then, I can't say I've had any more.


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    I had a couple when I was getting used to reloading for pistol.

    Found both with my PPQ. Stuck a rod in the barrel and smacked it down on the bench a couple times to clear the barrel.

    Didn't scare me but one was embarrassing cause I was at a public range.


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    Gunz are icky.
    Several times with reloaded pistol ammo.
    Nothing serious. Tapped them out of the barrel with a brass rod.


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    I had one that I had reloaded shortly after I first started rolling my own. Like others said, fortunately I heard the "poof" and knew immediately what had happened. Knocked it out and apparently it did no harm to the gun. Much more careful about checking now.


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    I have never personally experienced one, but I don't reload.

    I have had a couple happen to students in classes.

    Edit; always reloads.
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    Not on accident yet. I have purposely loaded one just so I know what it felt like and also to slug my bore. It wouldn't come out at first, but after letting some frog lube soak in it popped out easily.

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    Never had a squib load personally.

    I was asked to assist in an event at our gun club where local kids were brought in for a day at the range. The club had a supply of M1 Garands and M1 Carbines and some of the members loaded up a pile of 30-06 ammo for the kids to shoot.

    One kid had an M1 Garand and was shooting right beside me. I heard the awful POP! and just before he triggered another round, I called a cease fire. Sure enough, the cartridge had no powder and the bullet was stuck in the barrel! A second round would have been ugly with an obstructed barrel!

    It was easy to hear if the round had powder in it so we started shake testing the reloads. We found several more with no powder. Rather than calling off the event, we tested 100% of the 30-06 rounds for powder and found quite a few that were without propellant. Once sorted, the firing resumed without any further problems.

    We probably saved several M1's and prevented some injuries that day.



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    Reloaded well over 100k rounds and never had one. I use a Dillon 650 with a powder check.

    I've seen at least a dozen happen at matches. They make a very distinct sound and once you've heard one it's very easy to notice when it happens again. They were always able to remove the stuck bullet with a brass rod and hammer.


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    Never on accident.

    When I started reloading I was experimenting with super low charges in .44 Magnum cases and found out how little was too little powder.

    My buddy received some reloads as a part of a deal and had a few before we started pulling them apart.
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