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Old 07-03-2012, 09:46 AM
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At the range a couple weeks ago and saw a man shooting an awesome M 14. An SA. Was in his mid-70's, spoke very knowledgeably about shooting and reloading.
He was loading cartridges one at a time with magazine installed.
Saw him shoot factory ammo and then lost focus of him as I set up. Then I happened to look over and saw him very rattled. Went over to look and here are the pictures.
He said this happened with a reload, said he has been reloading for decades and he used 3031 powder.
He was not hurt in the least but man, was he shaking!
He calmed down and eventually packed up and left.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:48 AM
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Dang...
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:49 AM
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:18 AM
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Boy that sucks. Glad he was only shaken up. That looks to have been a cast SAI M1A, not a hammer forged SA M14. Would be very interesting when his investigation into his handloads is completed to see what he comes up as a cause. If he was single loading as you say and not inserting the round down into the magazine and letting the bolt strip it from there that could cause the problem. Setting a loose round on top of the mag and releasing the bolt would allow the bolt to travel too fast into battery without being slowed down by the mag.

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:39 AM
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Was the receiver damaged or just the magazine well? I have seen magazines blow out but not quit that bad. Usually it is an out of battery type of discharge or the round not going into the chamber and slam firing. Saw the same thing with an AR15 rifle.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:41 AM
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Looks like an over pressure... Looks like the rifle took it very well... Would love to see the bolt face and breach
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:34 AM
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Some of that Israeli TZ....sure it was his handloads?????? Looks like the case failed to me. Ruptured around the primer pocket. Glad he was OK. A tribute to the robust design as everything vented and the lugs held up.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:31 PM
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http://www.zediker.com/downloads/14_loading.pdf

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Old 07-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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yes better pics of the receiver would be good, looks like the receiver itself was undamaged?
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:01 PM
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good thing he wasnt supporting the rifle with his left hand cupped under the magazine...

Glad he's OK...
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