Mike, a close friend went to our target range this afternoon with three friendsiwhile I was at work. He has a 338-06 that he was practicing on some Steel that we have set up at 600 yards. Mike along with myself and many others that are serous about shooting long range do not shoot “off the shelf” ammo. Mike, because of lack of time, has his ammo reloaded for him by a very close, elderly friend. As he was shooting at the 600 yard target, he changed his ammo to a box of 200gr bullets the guy had given him to try.
When Mike fired the first 200gr round, he thought he felt some blow back in his face. But after a thorough inspection of the rifle and 200gr ammo by Mike and one of the others, it seemed fine. On the second round the gun blew up in his face. I was not there when this happened but after talking to Mike and the details about what had happened it sounds like the 200gr bullet was accidentially charged with 2 grains more then the 180gr loads were. You see, when you are loading your own ammo, the heavier the bullet, the smaller the powder charge needs to be because of the chamber pressure. So, when you step up from the 180gr to a 200gr bullet, you actually step down in powder used…..not up as these were.
This is an example of the great care that needs to be taken when reloading. Check your work and then double check. If you are ever interupted while loading…stop and then start over when you come back. There are some serious consequences if even one step is missed and possibly death. Not only is there a risk of injury to you but people around you as well. You can imagine how you might feel if your lack of care, or an oversight perhaps on your part, caused someone to get hurt or killed! Any way, it looks like Mike will be fine. He has about 300+ pieces of copper/brass shavings in his right eye. But with care he should be back to normal in several weeks.
So I would like to ask everybody to pray for Mike and his family. Pray that the healing will be fast and painless and that his family stays strong knowing that someone far larger than you and I is in control.