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Well, you did break the first rule of reloading, and you paid the price. Glad you're not hurt and the rifle sure seems to have held together, at least not a catastrophic result.

I've been reloading for about 55 years and have learned a few lessons also. Once loaded a few 44 Mag rounds with what I ASSumed was 24 grains of H2400 under a 240 grain bullet (A favorite of the great Elmer Keith...). Problem was, I had violated the second rule: NEVER have any other powder within reach than the intended one. I had a can of BULLSEYE (!!?) and had inadvertently loaded 24 grains of that stuff (3-4 grains is normal for plinking loads...). Only thing that tipped me off was the bullets were not seating "normally", as the Bulleye is more bulky than 2400, so I figured out the problem and destroyed the 6 rounds I had already loaded. Another good reason to inspect every round! Catastrophe avoided in that instance!

Reloading is a lot of fun and very therapeutic. But those basic rules are absolutely unforgiving if you ignore them.

JWB
 
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