Bad luck stories of shooting/reloading/gunsmithing

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  1. hillbillydruggist

    hillbillydruggist

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    I recently posted about my run of bad luck with a 6mm Creedmoor. After that I realized I was not alone in my run of bad luck. I would like to hear some of your stories.

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  2. hillbillydruggist

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    i am sure that I am not alone LOL
     
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    .......if it warn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all, gloom, dispair and agony on me. I have two, count 'em TWO different rifles currently that are in need of some serious gun doctorin'. One is a Savage LA single shot that I had re-barreled to 6.5X55 by what used to be a very competent gun schmidt. He asked how do you want it necked and throated, I told him I don't want to turn brass and I plan on shooting 130-145 grain bullets through it. It got necked and throated for what appears to be military ammo, neck diameter of fired brass comes out at .300-.3005", and I can barely touch the lands with a 142 grain Sierra MK. The other rifle is a Winchester M-70 SA in 22-250 that I took a BLANKin' on, I did some horse trading at a gun show and wound up with this turd. A much closer examination after the fact revealed a totally shot out barrel, so the plan now is a rebarreling to 22-250 AI, plus the stock replacement (wanted but not necessarily needed) and scopes for both rifles. The scopes that were on both of them got "re-assigned".
     
  4. Mark W

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    Luck = When Preparation Meets Opportunity!!

    Most of my “bad luck” has been the result of poor planning on my part.
     
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  5. Big Mc

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    Amen Mar
    Amen Mark !!!!
     
  6. hillbillydruggist

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    that's the kind of luck I am talking about! LOL
     
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    I ran an un-lubed case twice into a sizing die.. Yup got it out and forgot to lube it and ran it right back in... So we have all had issues.. Some worse than others..
     
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    there was a groundhog 100yds from my truck hood I shot at him 17 times and he just kept on eating..:confused:
     
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    Red ryder ???
     
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    got another when I 1st learned about bumpin shoulders back a couple thou..I was really close then all the sudden I was like .008 off short then long then short..I was turning the lock nut up and turning the die down at the same time I done this for 2 hrs till it hit me
     
  11. 6MMsteve

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    lol
     
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  12. hillbillydruggist

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    my nephew had an SKS that parts started falling off as we walked across a field
     
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  13. hillbillydruggist

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    not gun related, but I hit a chughole and blew out right side front and rear tires, called AAA and they told me someone could come buy and change one tire LOL, yeah a didn't renew after that
     
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    Dumping powder into un-primed brass....o_O
    Priming 100 pieces of brass with magnum primers then realizing that I no longer use mag primers in anything I am loading for......o_O.....( I gave the rest of the 1000 away.........)
     
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    "Most of my “bad luck” has been the result of poor planning on my part."

    Wish I had learned this much earlier in life! Would have saved me a lot of money and aggravation.

    Regarding the topic of the thread. In the 70's I had an alleged smith drill a .222 Walther for Unertl mounts. He drilled the receiver and installed the receiver block with a screw that drug on the locking lug, not hard to correct, but he drilled the barrel block screw holes into the bore. Still shot and killed ground hogs but the work was beyond shoddy.
     
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    Last week I stopped at the range on the way to work and dumped the box of ammo that I had organized for a load test

    Not a catastrophic mistake but damn it pissed me off for the lost time and opportunity
     
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    Almost had to buy a cow yesterday ! At our local range 200 yds. behind the 600 yd berm a farmer lets his cows graze in the field DIRECTLY in line with the targets.While testing Bergers new 7mm bullets at 300, I forgot to dial my scope down from the last 1000 yd match.That was a cold feeling !
     
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  18. hillbillydruggist

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    cows are expensive!
     
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    I’ve done that before, now I color the bullets with a sharpie and make a note of what’s what.
     
  20. KMart

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    My last foul up was sizing some cases that had a questionable history. There was only about 10 of them to do. On the third one, the neck pulled off in the die. I finally found a way to get the necks out of the die without screwing up the die. A smart man would have thrown the rest of the cases in the trash at that point. But not me :D.
    I was persistent and pulled off 3 more necks. On the bright side, I completed my task.
     

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