One in the barrel?

One in the barrel?

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    One in the barrel?

    My son shot at the range yesterday and when he got home and cleaned his guns he found a .45 slug stuck in the barrel. This was in his semi auto hand gun. He thinks that this slug was the last round shot before he quit for the day and he wants to know what would have happened if he had fired one more round. I didn't know what to tell him and I have never had that happen to me. So anybody know for sure what happens if one slug is still in the barrel and you shoot again? I don't think the slug was stuck very tight because he didn't say anything about having a hard time getting it out.

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    Bulged barrel, split the barrel, or worse.
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    You can google 'squib load' and see what kind of damage can occur. It can be very catastrophic and could certainly injure the shooter. I've had 3 or 4 squib loads in my lifetime. One in a .38 special revolver, one in a Browning Buckmark .22 pistol, and two in a G19. Maybe I was just lucky, but in each case I knew something was wrong because the shot sounded different and felt different, so I was able to inspect my weapon and noticed the problem before firing again. In the case of the .22 Buckmark, the bullet was about half-in and half-out of the muzzle, so I was able to pull it the rest of the way out with a pair of range pliers. In the other cases, it ended my range session and I had to go home and tap it out with a wooden dowel and a mallet. The .22 was a factory Aguila. The others were reloads.
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    I've had 2 . One with new ammo and one reload . In both cases the next round wouldn't chamber . I guess I was lucky.
    I found the first with a pencil after checking everything else . After that , I've carried a dowel. Just in case .
    In any event , it sure makes you more cautious when a malfunction occurs .
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    I am surprised that he didn't notice the difference when he shot it too. Thank God that it was the last round that he tried to shoot with that gun. Maybe he was in a hurry because it was a cold day. Thanks for the replies. I will pass them on.

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    Firing another round with a squib in the barrel could do anything from stacking this bullet behind the other all the way to making a big kaboom. Not something you want to happen.
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    You really need to stay aware when shooting at the range. I've had a couple or more squibs over the years and you can usually notice a difference in sound and or recoil when this happens. If you don't catch it and fire again it's a bit of a crap shoot as to what will happen but mostly none of it is good.
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    I had that happen once with a Ranger T 40 S&W - it sounded weak so I quit shooting. Wouldn't be good if that happened in a SD situation.
    The bullet had to be driven from the barrel, took some force.
    I've never had that happen with one of my handloads/reloads, probably because I load them one at a time and visually inspect each before hand seating the bullet.
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    As an IDPA SO Iíve run shooters through thousands of CoFís and have seen almost everything. Squibs are rare but they do occur. Iím especially watchful of revolver shooters since a squib just before a normal round in a rapid fire scenario can be disastrous. Fortunately the two or three times this has occurred the shooters had enough knowledge and training to not pull the trigger after the squib and I was able to immediately STOP further progression on the stage.
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    Had 1 years back with a friends reloads.....he forgot to charge the round and only the primer went off sending the bullet half way down the Bbl.....glad I wasn't rapid firing at the time.....never with someone else's reloads anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxHeavy View Post
    Had 1 years back with a friends reloads.....he forgot to charge the round and only the primer went off sending the bullet half way down the Bbl.....glad I wasn't rapid firing at the time.....never with someone else's reloads anyway.
    I'm no expert at reloading, been doing it sense early 90s'. Had on squib in the years, it was my dummy round got mixed.
    I'm lucky I noticed it right off, found my brass & red sharpie on bottom. Like already said. "Pay attention" when shooting &
    stay safe. PS Glad it was his last round ; )
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    Shoot enough rounds and almost everyone will encounter a squib.

    I've had two factory loaded squibs. I've had a few squibs from my own reloads that were being caused by contaminated powder. I wasn't giving my cases enough time to dry out after cleaning and my powder was getting damp. Since I determined the problem I haven't had a squib since.

    When you hear/feel that funny round stop shooting and check your barrel.
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    I've had two, both .44mag hand loads. First one the primer pushed the bullet completely into the barrel. I could have easily fired another round but I knew something was wrong, because its pretty obvious when just the prime goes off instead of 23 grains of H110. Second time it happened the bullet was stuck between the cylinder and forcing cone so the revolver was locked.
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    I've never had a squib, either factory or handload, but this past summer I managed to load five rounds for my 6mm Mongoose AR with no powder. There was just a quiet click on each, no more than the sound of the hammer dropping--no audible primer pop. I suspected bad primers as each had no indication of anything else until I broke them down and found my folly. None of the bullets budged to any noticeable amount, each ejected cleanly followed by easy chambering of the next round. I guess the cases were large enough and the bullet grip tight enough to prevent any squib.

    Kind of that Come-to-Jesus moment in my reloading endeavors. It took many rounds to have my folly, but eventually I did.
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