Solid-Head Balloon Pocket Failure

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Bryan Austin posted this 16 May 2022

I while back I had one failure when testing the black powder loads. I just got around to cutting open the case.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 17 May 2022

i gotta see the holster fir that thing ...

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Boschloper posted this 17 May 2022

Yuck!  What was the gun?  Was it damaged?  Did you get a face full?  Guess that’s the pro side of using solid heads. 

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Bryan Austin posted this 17 May 2022

Nah was using the test barrel

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sluggo posted this 17 May 2022

Any idea on how old that catridge case was?

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Bryan Austin posted this 17 May 2022

Any idea on how old that catridge case was?

The best I can guess is post 1928 due to the large primer pocket. Also is a "Western 44-40" headstamp.

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sluggo posted this 17 May 2022

I guess you can cut that 90 year old brass a little slack.

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Bryan Austin posted this 17 May 2022

Thats about the way I feel with some of these airplanes I fly!!

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Eddie Southgate posted this 21 May 2022

Not a solid head.

Grumpy Old Man With A Gun......Do Not Touch .

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Bryan Austin posted this 21 May 2022

Not a solid head.

I do believe it is, sorry!

All 44-40 cases were solid head semi-balloonhead cases prior to about the late 1940's early 1950's or so. I don't recall off the top of my head exactly when they were made with no balloon pocket. What I do know is that the depth/volume of the pockets got smaller over the years.

1874 to 1876

 

The case I shared is by Western and originally used with smokeless powder

 

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