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  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty October 31, 2015 10:32 am

    Ah yes, the duct tape and WD40 thing. So true, especially for the unhandy widow. I tend to use CLP break free instead of the WD40, however, since I hate the smell of the latter. I also use the CLP on my guns, and wouldn’t dream of using WD40 there.

    Only one way to resolve the government “school” problems… all of them, not just regarding guns or attacks. Fire all the people, bulldoze the buildings and salt the ground. Leave parents to educate their children as they want, and protect them however they wish. End of problem – with schools anyway.

  2. Shel
    Shel October 31, 2015 12:43 pm

    Some time back I was at a local public range (unsupervised – hint – don’t go there, but it’s good for stories). At my immediate left was a man and his 10-13 year old son. The boy didn’t look like he had been instructed well, but he was being safety conscious. Then, I think, the man started shooting a lever action. My neighbor, who was behind me, noticed that one of the man’s discharges didn’t sound right, so he got his attention and they checked – and found a bullet in the barrel that he was shooting a couple of feet from my head. My neighbor explained that he smelled WD40 and told me that it will seep into cases if it is used to lubricate weapons. It’s nice to learn something the easy way for a change 🙂

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty October 31, 2015 2:12 pm

    Indeed, Shel! One sure way to ruin ammunition. Only witnessed one squib load in ten years, but it still makes me uneasy to remember. If the guy standing next to me had been rapid firing, or if he’d not paid attention to my suggestion to check the barrel… well, I might have lost a good shooting buddy that day. He’s deaf as a post anyway, and with the ear plugs in he couldn’t hear the crack of doom.

    But this potential is one of the reasons no ammunition is present in the room when I clean guns. (Except for the holstered gun on a far table that will be cleaned later, of course.) IF any penetrating oil, such as CLP is used, it is wiped off very carefully before reassembling the gun. I use such solvents very sparingly anyway. The major reason not to use WD40 is that any residue tends to gum up. I don’t use it on hinges or other things like that for the same reason. It is fine to use to help a bolt or other part come loose, but it needs to be flushed and removed before reassembly. Oil attracts dust and grit, so it needs to be wiped off too. I use Eezox dry lubricant and rust inhibitor for a finish coat, and never have a gunky buildup of any kind.

  4. LarryA
    LarryA October 31, 2015 8:30 pm

    I’ve only had one squib load in 50 years, and it was my fault*. It wasn’t the sound that alerted me, it was the light recoil. But it was a “Did something really feel wrong?” situation. I was ready to fire again when I had a WWDD moment. (What would Dad do?”)

    There was a bullet about halfway down the 10″ barrel, and powder behind it. I was shooting light loads in a .44 Mag Dan Wesson, so I suspect it wouldn’t have blown up. Still…

    * When loading light, the powder you select still needs to almost fill the case.

  5. LarryA
    LarryA October 31, 2015 8:38 pm

    Cannabis fights liver cancer.

    Wouldn’t it be a kick if, now that we can research MJ, it turns out to be good for all kinds of what ails us, and if not for the WoD we could have used it for the last 30 years?

  6. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau November 1, 2015 6:55 pm

    “I was shooting light loads in a .44 Mag Dan Wesson, so I suspect it wouldn’t have blown up.”

    A story I heard (who knows how true) was that Dan Wesson engineers tested the strength of their smaller-framed revolver by installing a barrel without a hole in it (these guns have interchangable barrels, for those not in the know). Then they fired full power loads in it. Presumably with a string tied to the trigger… 🙂

    I have one of those large frame DWs, with two barrels (one 8″ with full underlug, one 6″ with short underlug). When shooting full power .44 loads with the long barrel, it’s almost like shooting a .22. The only problem is holding the heavy bastard up while doing it.

    I don’t get your comment about loading light, given that many full power loads don’t even fill the case in some cartridges (e.g. 38Spl). I like to use Titegroup in .44 Mag, 10.3 grains is a starting load on but it’s good for 1400 fps with a 180gr JHP. No way that comes close to filling the case. BTW this powder is very “powder position insensitive”.

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