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Posted: 3/15/2006 8:04:08 AM EDT
I was in the Pasadena Gun Center the other day and noticed a display on the wall that has a revolver with the top strap blown out by a Blazer cartridge. They, and 2 other ranges I go to will not allow Blazers to be used.

I had not heard of these catastrophic blow-ups, and wondered if anyone else had seen/heard about this. I have 4 boxes of .45 and 3 boxes of .357 that I'm hesitant to shoot now.

Any opinions?

HH
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:05:05 AM EDT
What was the caliber of the blown-up gun?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:09:28 AM EDT
Looked to be a .38 because it didn't look stout enough to handle .357's.

HH
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:11:20 AM EDT
The Blazer aluminum cased stuff seems hotter than its brass counterparts to me anyway.. 9mm, 10mm and .45 all seem that way...
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:12:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
I was in the Pasadena Gun Center the other day and noticed a display on the wall that has a revolver with the top strap blown out by a Blazer cartridge. They, and 2 other ranges I go to will not allow Blazers to be used.

I had not heard of these catastrophic blow-ups, and wondered if anyone else had seen/heard about this. I have 4 boxes of .45 and 3 boxes of .357 that I'm hesitant to shoot now.

Any opinions?

HH



TOP STRAP? Hmmm wondering if there is more to the story. NOT doubting you HH... just that people screw around with their guns and ammo or whatever and then blame the ammo.

I dont care for Blazer ammo but when I did use it, never had a problem with it. Doesnt mean someone else has. Millions of rounds made Im sure a couple could slip through QC.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:13:21 AM EDT
Most ranges that I know of who don't allow blazer is because they have to sort out the blazer from the brass for reloading.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:15:13 AM EDT
Sounds like someone tried to load a .357 Magnum in a revolver designed for .38 special.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:19:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Blue_Dragon:
Sounds like someone tried to load a .357 Magnum in a revolver designed for .38 special.



And succeeded. Momentarily. Must have had pretty generous cylinder gap. I tried to load a .357 in one of my Smiths when I started reloading .357 to see if I could screw up. Wouldn't close.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:23:14 AM EDT
I think I remember seeing something like that... but it was some dumbass that reloaded a blazer aluminum case, and did so too hot for the cartridge/firearm.

Not Blazer's fault.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:28:15 AM EDT
Thanks, guys...I think I'll go ahead and shoot the ammo and pray nothing goes wrong.

I'll be buying nothing but factory-brass ammo from now on.

HH
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:33:03 AM EDT
I always had good luck with Blazer, except for thier .357 Magnum loads. Fired cases were the devil to get out of the cylinder of my Model 19.

Strangely I didn't have this problem with the .44 magnum or pistol loads.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:33:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
I think I remember seeing something like that... but it was some dumbass that reloaded a blazer aluminum case, and did so too hot for the cartridge/firearm.

Not Blazer's fault.



How the heck did somebody suceed in reloading a berdan primed case? That just doesn't make sense. MJD
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:35:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Thanks, guys...I think I'll go ahead and shoot the ammo and pray nothing goes wrong.

I'll be buying nothing but factory-brass ammo from now on.

HH



I have shot thousands upon thousands of Blazer 9mm with zero issues.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:36:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By highwayman:

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
I think I remember seeing something like that... but it was some dumbass that reloaded a blazer aluminum case, and did so too hot for the cartridge/firearm.

Not Blazer's fault.



How the heck did somebody suceed in reloading a berdan primed case? That just doesn't make sense. MJD



It can be done.
When you idiot-proof somethig they will make better idiots.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:36:44 AM EDT
their .40s ran in my Sig P229 just fine.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:38:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Most ranges that I know of who don't allow blazer is because they have to sort out the blazer from the brass for reloading.


That'd be my guess
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:40:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Most ranges that I know of who don't allow blazer is because they have to sort out the blazer from the brass for reloading.


That'd be my guess



+1
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:32:32 AM EDT
There was an article in Guns and Ammo years ago on how to do it.

You need to make a turning off set primer punch. It is really simple to do. The G&A article only advocated it for casing that you could not find that were boxer primed.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:39:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:04:35 AM EDT
I shoot Blazer .22 LR with no problemos.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:06:25 AM EDT
They just want you to buy their overpriced ammo.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:06:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By medicmandan:
I've shot over 1000 rounds of blazer .45 without a problem.



+1.

Seems to be hotter than brass cased stuff, but I've had no issues atall.

SG
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:08:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FS-FNRL:
There was an article in Guns and Ammo years ago on how to do it.

You need to make a turning off set primer punch. It is really simple to do. The G&A article only advocated it for casing that you could not find that were boxer primed.



I also remember something about filling the fired case 1/2 full of water, then using a dowel rod closely-fit to the ID of the case to pop the primer out.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:08:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:14:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i shoot about 6-7k rounds of 9mm blazer a year. NEVER had any problems with it other than occasional stove pipes from light loads. Blazer 9mm is NOT a hot load by any means.



And if anyone knows how to kB a gun, it is you.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:18:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:23:07 AM EDT
I've shot tons of Blazer in 9mm and .45. Never a problem.
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