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    Default Warning: Very important

    I attend training sessions of many clubs so I get to see a lot of things. At one session, a gunner blew up his gun. OK, this happens. I saw someone blow up a K80 at a shoot. So, what makes this incident at a training session special? THIS WAS A POPPER GUN AT THE DEAD BIRD STATION FIRING BLANK LOADS.

    Many feel that because they are blanks, they are safe. WRONG! Obviously a wad stuck in the end of the barrel, maybe three inches from the muzzle. The barrel burst extends for about five inches along the barrel resulting in shredding of the barrel ("spidering"). The muzzle end of the shotgun blew off. There are three pieces---muzzle end, rest of barrel, and a missing piece.

    Why would I be especially concerned? In this day and age of limited shooting opportunities leading to limited "gun savvy" many do not know enough to check their shotgun barrel when something happens---dropped gun, muzzle into a snow bank, bad sounding load, etc. Add to this the number of adolescents that help out as well as adults in the dead bird station.

    I would recommend to all clubs to instruct the help as to when and why they should inspect their gun barrels and how to use a dowel stick to clear an obstruction.

    OK, nobody got hurt but I see potential for a disaster. If I can I will get a picture of the gun.
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    It's pretty tough to have too many safety reminders. Thanks!

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    Great advice. Every time I'm at a trap shoot and hear a bad sounding load from another shooter, I ask them to check their barrel. Thanks for the advice. Paul

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    VERY GOOD POINT MADE! Super post!

    Irishwhistler

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    Great point and good advise, thanks.

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    Best post of the year!!

    Break gun open, look through barrel before loading.!!

    Great Post!

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    There is a lot to be said for .209 only popper loads.

    I know they cant be used effectively at extreme distance, but many times, at HT distances they are fine IMHO....

    Especially at training days..

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    I would also make another point.

    Several folks have asked on this board on how to reload their own poppers.

    I have posted my recipts of loads I have used,, but really, have always felt uncomfortable doing so.

    If you really dont have quite a bit of experience reloading, a good understanding of burn rates of powder, wad pressure ect,, then WHY TAKE A CHANCE!
    JUST PURCHASE FACTORY POPPERS

    As you can see from the original post, the danger isnt always the DANGER of too much chamber pressure, but like what happened above, for whatever reason,something lodged in barrel..
    If who ever is shooting, doesnt understand safety practices,, your bright idea of saving a few measly dollars, could be a disaster...
    It is far easier to spit on the work of others than it is to produce something better yourself.
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    My Christian Name is Michael Baker..
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    We keep a blown up portion of a barrel in the club trailer for BB training to illustrate the power of a popper load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseGooser View Post
    There is a lot to be said for .209 only popper loads.

    I know they cant be used effectively at extreme distance, but many times, at HT distances they are fine IMHO....

    Gooser
    I didn't understand why these are desirable but after this incident I really understood.
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