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Old 03-13-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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I've been shooting over 40yrs and learned from other peoples mistakes along the way.... I call myself "overly cautious" when it comes to taking steps to avoid mistakes.

Well I made a huge one that I knew better than to ever do and take steps to avoid.

I took several rifles to the range today. As one barrel was cooling I'd swap rifles and keep shooting. I always make sure I remove the ammo from the bench with the rifle, put the proper ammo for the next rifle on the bench shoot it, remove ammo, start over etc. etc.

Today....... I was getting ready to put the 308 back in the rotation, put the ammo on the bench, grabbed the rifle and blew the gun up.

I have several rifles that look identical to each other but of different chamberings.... the rifle I grabbed was on the case labeled 308 but the rifle was a 25-06....

Because of my bench technique.... one hand on pistol grip and the other on the rear bag (I shoot free recoil with everything) I was not injured in any way. Had my hand been under the rifle it would likely be torn to shreds or worse.

In a way this is a tribute to the built in safety features of Savage rifles.

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more damage...

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you have seen the elephant and lived to tell about it !!
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Wow, crazy! Glad you're ok
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Wow, that'll give you a freaking scare I'd bet! Glad you are ok.
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The pics aren't so good, but the bolt head is half sheared away and the "baffle" as you can see is in 5 pieces. I had to remove the barrel to get the bolt out.... the "pin" that holds the bolt head to the bolt body has a severe bend in it, extractor never was found but oddly enough I did find the detent ball.... The pieces of the stock were found on the ground several feet from the rifle. The 308 case was nearly vaporized...

I guess trying to squeeze a 308 bullet down a .257 bore causes a few issues..... ironically the barrel appears undamaged.... If you look at the bolt lug recesses on the action you can see the set back marks.... it's toast. A dial indicator shows .011" set back on one recess and .009" on the other.

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Glad you are OK..... Scary stuff right there!
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Glad you mde it out OK that is one scary mess!
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Glad you are okay... and many thanks for sharing your mistake. Takes a big man to admit it to a big group of people you don't know, just to try to keep it from happening to somebody else.

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First, glad you are ok. Second and just as important, thank you for sharing your mistake with the rest of us. Maybe one person will remember your story and not make the same mistake.

I guess Jim t and myself were typing at the same time.
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