Well, I worked up 4 different loads for 40 S&W. 2 Different Powders and 2 different bullets (1 lead, 1 plated). 1 Load of each bullet with each powder. I kept powder measurements at the low end or the range because these are my first loads ever. Finally got to the range today to test them out. I ran 2 rounds of the first lead load, no problems. Ran 2 rounds of the first plated load, no problems. On to the loads of the other brand powder. Ran the 1st lead round and got a pop not a bang. Lead bullet is stuck inside my barrel and shell didnt extract. I know that i didnt forget powder in the round because the shell was covered in it after I extracted it and the breech of the barrel was covered as well. Checked the primer in the casing and it looks like a normal strike not light.
Any idea what could have gone wrong here? And possibly how I can get that lead bullet unstuck from my barrel? I never got to test my last recipe with the plated bullets because my barrel had a lead bullet stuck in it. So, I was forced to put the SR40c back into my bag and move onto the next gun to fire (with factory ammo no reloads). If it wasn't for being able to try out my new Springfield EMP 40 and had it run flawlessly my trip to the range would have been ruined because of the reload problem, but that's another thread . Im going to pull the rest of that batch of lead rounds that I made as I no longer trust that recipe and honestly I don't really like the lead bullets in general any more, I will probably stick to plated and jacketed from here on out.
Anyways, like I said I am very new to reloading and these were my first batches. I am trying my best to keep from being discouraged after having this happen on my first trip to the range to try them out, but at the same time very grateful it went pop and got stuck in my barrel instead of going boom and blowing my barrel to pieces injuring me in the process. Any advice, thoughts, ideas, info that you guys can offer me about this situation would be great. If anyone wants me to post the recipe that this happened with I can go get my notepad and post it up if that would help, and if anyone wants me to snap a pic of my stuffed barrel I can add that as well.
Thanks in advance guys.
Edit: added info and pics
Load that popped instead of banged = 4.1 g of Bullseye powder with a 180 gr Lead Bullet
Here is one of the other rounds. They were all seated properly and this is the finished product:
Here is the dirty casing that I ejected its pretty dirty so I know I at least had powder in it probably not enough:
Here is the struck primer. It doesn't look light to me it looks the same as my factory casings that went bang:
And here is my barrel with that dirty lead bullet hiding inside: