Reloading Accident, Happy Ending

Reloading Accident, Happy Ending


I had a new and exciting reloading experience tonight. I had a primer go off in my reloader (Mec 650). Other than a loud pop when detonated, there was no damage.

I had removed one shell to weigh the charge and the powder drop, and set the primed hull with primer aside with the intention of running it thru when I finished the other 99. I apparently miscounted, because when I ran this primed hull through, there was (unknown to me) a live primer in the priming station. When I lowered the handle, the primer in the hull went off. The pressure required to cause the detonation was much less than expected. Certainly no more that pressure required for a normal loading sequence. Other than the pop at detonation, nothing else happened. Much to my good fortune, the powder in the powder bottle did not ignite.

Very exciting none the less.


Dear T,

This just goes to show that an accident can happen to anyone, even the most careful and meticulous reloader. The new carousel reloaders are so good and so fast that it’s easy to make a mistake. I’m publishing this just to sort of remind everyone to be as careful as possible. Reloading is generally a very safe endeavor, but Murphy’s Law is always lurking. You just can’t be too careful.

I know that when I break my reloading routine to pull a hull out to weigh things or to fix a primer jam, I always take just an extra moment to think about what I have done and what I have to do to get going again. It only takes a second and every now and then I catch an error I was about to make. How many times have we all removed a damaged hull from our machine and pulled the handle with an empty slot only to spill shot all over? Personally, I’ve worn out a Shop-Vac.

And, of course, we all DO wear glasses when reloading, right?

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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