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.338 Lapua Magnum KABOOM
The Firearm Blog ^ | 2-19-14 | Steve Johnson

Posted on 02/22/2014 8:14:19 PM PST by smokingfrog

You might well think that the catastrophic destruction of firearms caused by shooters leaving their cleaning rods inside their guns was a rare occurrence, but you would be wrong. It happens far to often. These photos show what happens when a cleaning rod is left in a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle. A member of the SnipersHide forum reported that this KABOOM happened two benches down from him at the range. The shooter only sustained minor injuries. Two holes were punched in roof and pieces of the rifle were scattered around the range.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Sports
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunsafety; messedup
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1 posted on 02/22/2014 8:14:19 PM PST by smokingfrog
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2 posted on 02/22/2014 8:15:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog; carriage_hill; mylife

Ping.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 8:16:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog

Sorry, but it takes a special kind of stupid to leave a cleaning rod in a gun and actually firing it that way.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 8:18:08 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Sicon

Shooter was having problems getting the brass to eject so was using the cleaning rod to push them out.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 8:20:29 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Jet Jaguar
If you look at all the trash, paper, brass and even old earplugs laying in the grass at the range, it's obvious a bunch of sloppy people shoot there.

Not surprising somebody there would touch off a round with a cleaning rod in the barrel.

6 posted on 02/22/2014 8:20:56 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: smokingfrog

My freind left a laser bore sighter in his revolver while sighting in a red dot........ pretty much the same effect.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 8:22:35 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Firing one of those would be bad enough without it blowing up.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 8:23:04 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: smokingfrog

Expensive stupidity...

Glad no one was seriously hurt.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 8:25:03 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: yarddog

I wonder if the scope still works?


10 posted on 02/22/2014 8:25:35 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Sicon

“Sorry, but it takes a special kind of stupid to leave a cleaning rod in a gun and actually firing it that way.”

My favorite was an Airman I knew who shoved a potato onto the muzzle of a rather nice stainless Remington 700 with a .300 Win Mag chambering, at which point he promptly called it a “redneck-silencer” and pulled the trigger. The barrel only split/peeled back in three directions, the receiver didn’t explode. The look on his face was priceless, as was the ass-chewing that was given to him, and the two NCOs present when he was making that video, and later posting it on Youtube. It has since been taken down.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 8:28:22 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: yarddog

LOL


12 posted on 02/22/2014 8:29:14 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog

Sorry, but you have to be a complete moron to leave a cleaning rod INSIDE the rifle barrel.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 8:30:28 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: smokingfrog; Chode; SgtBob

Looking at that box of rounds tells Me that somebody needs to stop reloading till they learn properly and instead use some Factory ammo.

‘course with a blowedup gun it’s a tad too late


14 posted on 02/22/2014 8:31:11 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Oye Ve!!


15 posted on 02/22/2014 8:32:23 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: smokingfrog

I have read that during the War Between the States, it was pretty common for soldiers in the heat of battle to leave the ram rod in the bore. Black powder is pretty low pressure so the guns probably didn’t blow up every time.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 8:36:19 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: mabarker1

So factory ammo fired down a barrel with a cleaning rod jammed in it, like in this instance, wouldn’t blow it? Sounds to me like hand jive ammo had nothing to do with this gomer move that went boom.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 8:36:38 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: mabarker1

Too hot loads, maybe - since the brass was apparently getting stuck in the chamber?


18 posted on 02/22/2014 8:37:44 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Hopefully the $2k scope can be salvaged.

Looks like the dumb-a$$ once had a very nice rig. He's lucky to be alive.

.338 makes a big bang.

19 posted on 02/22/2014 8:38:55 PM PST by Mariner
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To: yarddog

It might even launch the ramrod like a missile.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 8:39:29 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

A cleaning rod was supposedly left in the tube and another ‘San Francisco’ BuFu jam is born!!!


21 posted on 02/22/2014 8:41:25 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: smokingfrog; Eaker

Damn .... That almost never happens ......:o)


22 posted on 02/22/2014 8:42:04 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: yarddog

Still, not a good thing to shoot your ramrod across the field while you’re in the midst of battle.


23 posted on 02/22/2014 8:43:53 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

It would probably be a little embarrassing to have to run out in front of everyone to retrieve your ram rod, especially if everyone else was retreating.


24 posted on 02/22/2014 8:46:59 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

“Hey! A little help over here, somebody!?!”


25 posted on 02/22/2014 8:49:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: smokingfrog

I could not afford the ammo for a .338 Lapua Magnum. Academy keeps them behind the gun counter. They put out their .50 BMG out on the floor. It sells for around $65.00 for 10 rounds. If I am not mistaken the Lapua is more expensive than .50 Caliber.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 8:52:34 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: smokingfrog

If you’re too dumb to take the cleaning rod out, you’re too dumb to own a gun


27 posted on 02/22/2014 8:58:19 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mabarker1
how many times do you have to rod-out the brass before you realize there's a problem???
28 posted on 02/22/2014 9:00:44 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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29 posted on 02/22/2014 9:01:19 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: longhorn too

I guess if you can afford a $5,000-$6,000 rifle and scope, you can afford $10 per round ammo.


30 posted on 02/22/2014 9:03:09 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

or neck them wrong maybe.

I’m no reloading expert by any means but if I’m shooting reloads and I have to keep pushing spent cases that won’t extract with the extractor on the gun then I’m not going to keep shooting those till I figure out the PROBLEM


31 posted on 02/22/2014 9:05:01 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: mabarker1

exactly!


32 posted on 02/22/2014 9:07:01 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: longhorn too

I still have around 20 boxes of Lapua 6.5X55 match. It was actually very reasonable at $10.50 for a box of 20. Unfortunately it is berdan primed.

According to the box it is only 2760 joules (2036 ft. lbs.) which should be pretty mild. despite that, it seems to kick pretty hard from my 29 inch Carl Gustavs. It is accurate tho.


33 posted on 02/22/2014 9:08:01 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Chode

For Me ONE TIME!

I’ve said for a long time:

The only reason the Human Race has survived this long is because of mass procreation because there are WAY TOO MANY STUPID PEOPLE OUT THERE.


34 posted on 02/22/2014 9:08:19 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

.338 lapua is a big kaboom.


35 posted on 02/22/2014 9:08:21 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mabarker1
yup, ONE is the A answer...
36 posted on 02/22/2014 9:10:16 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: longhorn too

SoCal price on 338 Lapua,,,116 bucks for 20 rounds,,,

must be nice.


37 posted on 02/22/2014 9:10:48 PM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: smokingfrog

I remember Skeeter Skelton admitted accidentally shooting his TV set. The point was everyone does something stupid some time in their life.


38 posted on 02/22/2014 9:14:30 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Eaker

Kaboom ping


39 posted on 02/22/2014 9:17:46 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: yarddog

Shooting the TV?

Well, that’s something I can understand...


40 posted on 02/22/2014 9:26:34 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Squantos

Almost...


41 posted on 02/22/2014 9:27:52 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: smokingfrog

If I remember he was practicing fast draw and didn’t remember the gun was loaded.


42 posted on 02/22/2014 9:28:55 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: mylife; Eaker
Is it FR etiquette to ping Eaker to every KABOOM posting?
43 posted on 02/22/2014 9:29:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog; Eaker

Yep

Still like my Garand though.


44 posted on 02/22/2014 9:31:12 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: smokingfrog

Who cleans their weapon BEFORE they shoot?


45 posted on 02/22/2014 9:36:31 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: TigersEye; yarddog

Your rod was your last round. Out of ammo and about to die? What have you got to lose? Pour in some powder, push in a patch and without a ball or bullet it will expel the rod with, hopefully, enough velocity to do damage.


46 posted on 02/22/2014 9:39:05 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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Under those circumstances I guess you might as well give it a try.


47 posted on 02/22/2014 9:46:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: smokingfrog; Eaker

Naw, just bad manners.


48 posted on 02/22/2014 9:52:14 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Dead Corpse; smokingfrog
Expensive stupidity...

Actually, for stupidity of this magnitude, I'd say it was pretty cheap.

49 posted on 02/22/2014 9:55:36 PM PST by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: bobby.223

No, what I’m saying is the hand loads had a problem sticking in the chamber and that is why the rod was being used to push the stuck empty case out of the chamber.


50 posted on 02/22/2014 10:26:27 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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