38 Special casings split

38 Special casings split

This is a discussion on 38 Special casings split within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I went this past Sunday and shot my wifes Rossi 357 Mag. I was shooting 38's through it. They are CCI Blazer 158 Gr. LRN. ...

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    38 Special casings split

    I went this past Sunday and shot my wifes Rossi 357 Mag. I was shooting 38's through it. They are CCI Blazer 158 Gr. LRN. I shot 6 rounds through it and when I went to reload, I noticed that 4 of the casings had split at the end. The worst one split back about a 1/4 of an inch. The casings are aluminum and this is just practice ammo. Is this something I should be concerned about or is it just the weak aluminum. The last thing I want is for her to need to use this gun and have it blow up in her face. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Had the same experience recently w/Blazer 45acp 230fmj. Don't think it's any danger w/standard loads. Shot a lot of Blazer 45 before and never noticed it except w/last few boxes?

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    I am hoping it is nothing to worry about, I am not ready to turn over my new HK P2000 to her quite yet. Oh how I am dreading that day.
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    The Blazers all fed and ejected ok. Not like with Wolf where split case stuck in chamber. That was a mess. WWB cheaper than Blazer around here now so switched to it since I might have to start back reloading if ammo keeps doing like gas.

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    If you are having cases split in new factory ammo I would notify manufacturer,sounds like weak or cheap cases,they might want to check their manufacturing process
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    I wouldn't get too excited unless there was difficulty extracting the rounds as that could be a sign of chamber failure (not good) (I had that happen in the mid 80s with a S&W)

    if you are concerned you should be able to measure the chamber dimensions with a micrometer to verify that they are still in spec...

    then again - you might try (cautiously) similar rounds with brass cases and see how they come out after firing

    I am not a metallurgist, or a gunsmith YMMV

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    It could be that you Rossi lets the bullet expand a little more and therefore the cases crack. I am sure that Blazer ammo has some pretty loose tolerances on their cases. If they were running on the bottom of the tolerance; you will get a cracked case. I know when I use to reload for my revolvers that I would keep reloading the same cases until they crack. It in no way hurts the gun.
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    Since it occurred with Blazers it is a non-issue. That's pretty common.

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    Thanks guys. I figured being aluminum casings, that that would probably be common, but just wanted to be sure before loading it back up for my wife to carry.
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    More than a case manufacturing issue, I had blazer alu do it once and blazer blamed it on a bunch of possible things none or their doing. I had .32 S&W long rem brass do it and they stepped up to the plate and admitted fault and made
    repayment for the ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    More than a case manufacturing issue, I had blazer alu do it once and blazer blamed it on a bunch of possible things none or their doing. I had .32 S&W long rem brass do it and they stepped up to the plate and admitted fault and made
    repayment for the ammo.
    Had a split .32 H&R mag yesterday, had to pry it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Had a split .32 H&R mag yesterday, had to pry it out.

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    That one is pretty bad. Hope your gun is o.k. None Of mine were that bad, but I decided to just not use the rest of the box. Too big a risk for me.
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    I've had a few cases split when I was using Remington UMC stuff at the range. From what I understand it's just a weak case issue. I shot the rest of the box that day and I haven't had any issues, or noticed any damage.

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    deadeye72 :
    Seems to be ok.

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