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Firearm Malfunctions: Squib Loads Knowing what a squib load is, how to recognize it when it happens, and what to do and not do when it happens can save life and limb. One happened to me to me recently and I had to educate myself on what just happened. I should have been aware of squib loads long ago before it happened. Thankfully because I could see the stuck bullet, I did not shoot behind it. But lots of people do, and lots of people get hurt or damage their gun by not clearing the obstruction. With all that said, here's what a squib load sounds like:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcHJajwkWyM
I was just wondering if this is a problem fairly unique to home reloading. After roughly 50K rounds I have never had a single squib. The only oddity I ever experienced in all those rounds was one bullet set too low in the case. I've never used any ammo from the UK though.
For some reason UK manufactured ammo is notorious for squibs. The QA on the propellant is horrendous. You can have entire cases that might have one or two rounds that actually work. Not a fun thing to find out in the field!
How is this even possible?
In my estimation this could only happen in a very loose revolver shooting squib loads and the gas escaping at the front of the cylinder would have been horrendous even then!
Agreed. And, I suspect the shooter was using crap .38 Special ammo.