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Ammo question
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:06:28 PM »
I got a new Mossberg Patriot 308 that I traded two other guns for. It was a pretty fair trade I think and the guy gave me a box of 20 reloads to shoot. But when I try to chamber one of the reloads the bolt is very hard to close, and it's easy to close with factory loads. Should I not use these rounds? What do you think?

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 03:07:41 PM »
I wouldn't use them, if it were me.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 03:20:39 PM »
Thanks, no I won't use them. The only thing i can think of is that maybe they were only neck sized or the case is to long.

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 03:33:29 PM »
Ditto on don't use.
You have (with all due respect) literally no clue what is in the cartridge.
There's a pretty strong axiom that most shooters I know go by and that's 'I don't shoot someone else's reloads'.
Quick example:  If you normally use H50BMG gunpowder (which .50 cal shooters use), but accidently (or on purpose) use the same number of grains of Alliant Bullseye, the chance for this much faster burning powder causing the gun to explode is there.
Conversely, if they under or overloaded with the correct powder, bad things can happen.

Toss em.


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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 06:38:20 PM »
Yup.  I wouldnt shoot em.

Pull the bullets & save the brass.
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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 07:20:51 PM »
Yes, i blew up a Glock 17 in 1995 using someone else's reloads. I have never shot a reload since, nor do I buy remanufactured Mmo

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 07:27:08 PM »
Yes, i blew up a Glock 17 in 1995 using someone else's reloads. I have never shot a reload since, nor do I buy remanufactured Mmo

Yea, but it was a Glock.  What else could of happened?  :scream3: :scream3: :scream3:

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 08:21:17 PM »
It bulged the barrel. Rest of the gun was fine.

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 01:58:37 AM »
It could be any number of things causing the problem, including an improperly sized/seated bullet, or a cartridge that's not loaded to the proper head spacing. I too would not shoot it.

I value my guns too much to shoot reloads. I ended up selling the only batch of reloaded ammo I ever bought as reloading components rather than shoot it; the savings just aren't worth it if your gun/face gets blown up, and I already almost get that problem enough with old Russian mil-surp ammo, thank you.

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 06:11:45 AM »
Thanks for all the comments. I am certainly not going to shoot it, and I just wanted to hear what people thought it may be. Al Walmart i found 3 boxes of Winchester 150 gr for 13.69 each. Not a bad deal.

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Re: Ammo question
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2017, 12:38:28 PM »
I got a new Mossberg Patriot 308 that I traded two other guns for. It was a pretty fair trade I think and the guy gave me a box of 20 reloads to shoot. But when I try to chamber one of the reloads the bolt is very hard to close, and it's easy to close with factory loads. Should I not use these rounds? What do you think?

That's the result of the load being too long for your chamber. The only handloads you ever want to use are the ones you've made yourself. Good .308 bolt guns can be exceptionally accurate with handloads tailored for them. There is no voo-doo or black magic to handloading and it will help you get the best from any firearm.  :icon_wink: