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Near screw up

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    Near screw up

    Went to the range today with the USP .40 , SA Champ. .45 , and the AR. Unloaded the carry ammo from both pistols and shot away. No problems and then , went to the AR. Besides the cheap red dot failing , no problems with the long gun.
    I reloaded the carry ammo, and accidentally mixed up the .40 and .45 ammo I unloaded from the tube. Got a .40 in the .45 mag. Luckily I caught it right away, wondering why I had an extra .45 hydrashock.
    Let this be a lesson to all others, I purposely separated the ammo , but it still got mixed up. Just one round, but it could have been catastrophic. stay safe out there all.
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    Good Catch Rocky.
    That could have been quite the real mess.
    Luckily, I usually don't shoot any calibers that close when I shoot.

    It's extremely difficult to mix up .22 rimfire w/ .45acp & .223 Remington.
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    I am considering switching to a .45 USP, just for caliber convenience sake. Thing is, I have had the USP .40 for so long , I am not sure I can part with it.
    On the plus side , the M5 streamlight I mounted on the USP works fine and didn't come loose.
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    Ditto on the good catch, Rocky

    I saw a .40 round that was actually fired in a .45. At a local shooting range here in Denver, my shooting buddy asked for a box of .45's, and the desk jockey handed him a box of .40's by mistake. My buddy didn't notice the screw-up, and loaded a magazine, chambered a round, and fired it (I think it was in an XD-45). It went off, and all it did was rupture the case (fortunately). The case didn't extract.

    Pretty lucky...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky
    Got a .40 in the .45 mag. Luckily I caught it right away, wondering why I had an extra .45 hydrashock.
    At a recent IDPA match, I was using my G21 for the regular stages and my G27 for a BUG stage. I made the same mistake, stuffed a .40 cartridge into the G21 mag. It zipped out instantly when my thumb released the round.

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    When guideing in Maine, I had a sport take 3 shots at a nice bull moose with his .30-'06. I was about 50 yards from him and I noticed that they sounded kinda funny. The moose wasn't touched and ran off. I walked over to the sport and quickly discovered that he had shot 3,.270rds. thru his .30-'06 chambered Rem.700.

    After that I checked all weapons and ammo before the hunt started.

    I later caught a guy starting to load his .308 with some .243 rds.

    Also had a sport that shot a grouse(on the wing) with a 12ga. SLUG........by mistake. --------

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    Good Catch one reason why i usually take 45 and 38's hard to mix those up

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    Here is a link to an incident where someone did manage to fire a .40 in a .45 and still didn't realize what he had done. There are some great pics of the aftermath. I can see how it would be easy to do. Stay safe.

    http://www.thegunzone.com/colt45-40.html

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    Good catch Rock. Even the best laid plans can get you in bad situation. Always try to be aware and observant. Nobody is perfect and everyone is going to make a mistake. We're all human. Good catch!
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    Salutary warning Rocky - maybe one reason I still ''resist'' having anything in .40
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    Gee... sounds like something I would do!

    Thanks for the reminder! Good timing too as I head out to do my CCW renewal with all my handguns in a couple weeks.
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    Good show Rocky
    Boy, I hope I remember to switch out my 22 conversion kit off the Gold Cup after I'm done at the range, or I'll let you know how a 45 goes into the 22 bore!
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    I've done that before too. However since I started carrying the 357SIG it's pretty obvious if I am trying to load an incorrect round, and the slide won't close if I try using .40.

    On the other hand it'd be a real pain if I tried loading the 357 into the 40 barrel.
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    Glad you are OK and nothing happened to you or your gun.
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