Poor reloading habits seem to commonly fly under the safety radar. Most of the newer firearms available today are very strong, allowing small reloading mistakes to go undetected.
Below are several of the most common issues that make “reloading” synonymous with “hazardous.” Avoid these, and you and your appendages are likely to survive to see many more years of shooting your favorite reloads.
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<h2>Cracked Cases</h2>Micro cracks around the neck, shoulder or base of the cartridge case often go unnoticed. At best, escaping gasses seep through the action — and sometimes into the face of the shooter — when cracked cases are fired. At worst, the case can rupture completely, leaving brass in the chamber. Cracked cases may also blow superheated gasses rearward or even propel case fragments through the action. Before reloading, turn each case in your fingers and examine it carefully, searching for cracks. Bright rings around the base of the case about 0.4 to 0.6 inches up from the rim can indicate potential case separation.