S&W Kaboom!

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    WOW! That's scary indeed,its got me wondering about my 340PD now. But I don't use to many magnums in its,just mostly +P .38's for practice and some .357 SD loads.

    I to think this was a factory defect as well,and what a defect to boot.
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    "Light weight" and "magnum" are two things that never went together in my mind, I stick to my steel revolvers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911luver View Post
    WOW! That's scary indeed,its got me wondering about my 340PD now. But I don't use to many magnums in its,just mostly +P .38's for practice and some .357 SD loads.

    I to think this was a factory defect as well,and what a defect to boot.
    Don't worry I have a 340PD and a 360PD both have seen magnum loads. Just keep the bullet 120 grain or heavier.

    If the pistol has a defect bad enough to cause a kaboom nothing short of putting it on display will keep it from failing. This goes for steel, aluminum, titanium, polymer and scandium. Checking the pistol for any defects or failures and getting them fixed before you have a catastrophic failure would be best.

    That said I have put well over 200 .357 magnum and 500+ .38 special through my 340PD and have experienced no failures, no jacket spitting, no kabooms, no flame cutting and no squibs.

    Keep it, shoot it, put ice on your wrist... wash rinse repeat
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Wow. Most of those have Hot Reload written all over them...
    I agree, I bet it would be the case the majority of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    "Light weight" and "magnum" are two things that never went together in my mind, I stick to my steel revolvers.
    I'm with you on this one. A .44 Magnum revolver with a scandium alloy frame just seems, right up front, like such a bad idea. Cylinder looks fine. Barrel looks fine. I don't think that can classify as a KB. Looks like the barrel just torqued the frame apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraph View Post
    I'm with you on this one. A .44 Magnum revolver with a scandium alloy frame just seems, right up front, like such a bad idea. Cylinder looks fine. Barrel looks fine. I don't think that can classify as a KB. Looks like the barrel just torqued the frame apart.
    It is amazing that the Forum can see the obvious but Smith & Wesson engineers and marketing cannot.
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    .44 magnum SAAMI pressures are only about 1000 CUP higher then .357 magnum....

    I actually applaud smith for trying something different. Going for a feather weight gun using a metal alloy instead of making a plastic magnum. Imagine having a pistol that can take down large game and weigh about as much as a steel j frame.

    The 340PD and 360PD are production guns that have the best power to weight ratio in the world. I own both and I bought my 340PD knowing that some scandium pistols have KB before. What gun doesn't?

    I guess I'm alone here but I like the scandium pistols.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    "Light weight" and "magnum" are two things that never went together in my mind, I stick to my steel revolvers.
    Ditto. That's why I'm picking up a Ruger Super Redhawk for my .44Mag gun for when I go camping. Sure, I'd probably sink to the bottom of a river if I ever fell out of a canoe, but the gun would survive.

    I'll be picking up the .44Mag at the next gun show slated for the beginning of June.

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    Holy moly! That would have been a bad day for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    It is amazing that the Forum can see the obvious but Smith & Wesson engineers and marketing can not.
    Right, if one out of every ten thousand revolvers fail that doesn't mean the design is bad.

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    Yeah looks like a defect on a gun that was a questionable design to begin with. I'll stick with steel for my magnum revolvers, thank you very much.

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    This might be something to consider if thinking about getting a Ruger LCR .357 Magnum.
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    I wonder if those people with the KABOOMS can still open there ketchup bottles.

    I'll stick with my STAINLESS STEEL 629's

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