I realize this post is short on details but I will update when I am less emotional.
I just got back from a range trip. I was shooting a new Kimber DCR revolver. I cracked open a case of Remington .38's to play with, along with several boxes of assorted 38 and 357 ammo. First up, the Remington 38 130 gr mc. I fired six rounds, and on the second the cylinder rotation was a little sticky, but rotated the next round into battery. #5 went off and the thing locked up. I stopped shooting and waited for a possible cookoff, the checked the weapon. The front of the cylinder had a bullet barely sticking out of the cylinder. I pushed it back into the cylinder with my finger. I then used a simple pencil to gently push the round at teh forcing cone back into the cylinder. Apparently these squibs were loaded so lightly that they didn't even make it fully into the forcing cone. An inspection of the projectiles show NO markings of any kind. I made sure it was empty and went to the range smith, who inspected the revolver and said he saw no damage at all. I then resumed shooting Federal and Winchester loads.
Now I have to contact Remington. Fortunately, I still have the remainder of the case and box with all labels attached.
I should have noticed the squib from the sound, I guess, but the range was pretty fully with a lot of heavy calibers being fired on both sides in an indoor range.
Posts: 12663 | Location: Lexington, KY | Registered: October 15, 2006
I had a similar experience shooting UMC 158 LRNs. Locked up my 442 when a bullet jumped the crimp and jammed between the cylinder and frame. Shitty, shitty stuff but it was all I could get my hands on at the LGS the day I picked the 442 up.
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Posts: 9919 | Location: RI | Registered: October 08, 2012
I've had nothing but good experiences with Remington UMC ammo. I use the Walmart 100 round box of 38 special 125 JHP +P in my 642 and like it a lot. None of the described events have ever happened to me. I also like their 9mm 115 grain JHP. It is an accurate round in all of my 9mms. It does not use flashless powder, though.
Posts: 4098 | Location: Middletown, PA | Registered: January 09, 2007