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I got this from another forum where the guy was reading the specialty pistols forum and there is a guy on that forum that thinks he double charged a load in his Ruger Black Hawk. No one got hurt but you never know what can happen. Guys, please be very careful while reloading! Thought I would post it hear for all to see.






By the way, he called Ruger and told them what happened and that it wasn't their fault but just wanted them to be aware. Ruger asked him to send it to them and they sent him a brand new one. Now THAT is GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
 

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You know, you really got to work at it to blow up a Ruger Blackhawk! One reason I do not use a progressive press. With my single station press I check, double check, and even triple check my powder level, with flashlight too. In over 25 years of reloading, I have not had the first accident.
 

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If you think about it, the price to Ruger of a new Blackhawk is very low for the outstanding word of mouth advertising they will get on forums like this one. We all talk about how good they are (and they are) about taking care of their customers, and we tell our friends, and they go "gee I heard that Ruger really backs their guns, I'm gonna buy the Ruger" when shopping. It is smart business. Plus they will take the blown up gun in return for a new one and study it and then put it in a display and write the new gun off their taxes. Good business.

Part of why I own about a dozen Rugers.
 

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man everytime i see something like that it makes me want to pull all the reloads i have and check them.
 

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Velvalco, I feel the same way. I have about 4000 loads in my place that I made. I load one cartridge at a time and feel pretty good about it, but one never knows. :|
 

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That looks like a 300 plus grain cast bullet.... so many want to push the limit with H110 or 296 powder it's not funny. They are not happy unless they are screaming with FPS on those loads, not realizing that something has got to give.
 

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Montanan said:
That looks like a 300 plus grain cast bullet.... so many want to push the limit with H110 or 296 powder it's not funny. They are not happy unless they are screaming with FPS on those loads, not realizing that something has got to give.
If your right (looks to me like you are), then it should have been a full case load & theres no way it could have been a double.
 

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With the charger system I drop a powder charge, put it in the case and the put the case on the press and seat the bullet while the second charge is being dropped into the scale pan. Works good for me. With my old powder thrower I used to drop powder and then seat the bullet one at a time. It isn't speedy but it works for me and safety is always more important than speed.

The guy that blew up the Blackhawk is lucky the top of the cylinder isn't embedded in his brain. I wonder if he will pull the bullets on the rest or just assume they are good?
 

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in my life, i have only actually personally seen two damaged revolvers that blew apart like that. Both were smiths and both were with improper reloads with bullseye powder.

which is why i am a bit prejudiced against bullseye------a feller can double or even triple charge a case if not carefull.................................

as far as ruger replacing guns i knew one police officer that had a ruger p91 that was semi-blown as he was reloading for it and used bullets for a 41 reolver instead. ruined the barrel and blew the safetys out of thegun. he sent it in to ruger with a letter of what he had done and ruger actually fixed it free of charge which to this day suprises the heck out of me..........

another feller had a mkii 77vt that i think was in 220 swift. again he blew it and actually fractured the receiver with a reload----and i think it was from an under-load not an over load. ruger did not give him a free one on this. but what ruger did was to actualy replace the rifle at their cost which back then was a bit over $300.
 

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look at the bright side..........at least he is not sueing ruger--or the powder maker, or the reloading equipment maker, or the bullet maker...........which in today's world ain't too far fetched...........
 

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I use Unique gun powder . 6.0 gr in a 44 ,44-40 and 45LC makes a good cowboy action load 800 fps with 200 gr bullet . If you double charge it to 12.0 gr it will be a Ruger only load spec . If use 9.0 gr around 1000 + fps and double charge it to 18.0 gr will be within a 1/4" from the top which you can see very easy plus bullet will be hard to seat . all my cases are in loading block with the fresh primer looking at me , I charge the case seat bullet by hand and put in press and compete it , then move to next case . For any reason I don't compete it I dump the powder and put in loading block with primer up or facing me . Been doing this way since 1968 no double or primer only shots
 

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caryc said:
"He called Ruger and wanted them to be aware." Aware of what? "Hello Ruger, are you aware that a dumba$$ can blow up a Ruger with a double charge"?

I think they are already aware of that. I don't think it's earth shaking news.
I was thinking the same thing - you just beat me to it Cary! :lol:
Any dumda$$ can blow up a gun. It takes the smart ones to reload safely and enjoy the sport to the fullest. jh
 
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