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Stole a little time yesterday to sneak out to the range for a few hours. Spent the time behind a 1415-1416 Anschutz verifying some of the results of Grahams test on .22 ammunition and its group size. Mostly just trying to re-learn how to shoot right handed. After 40+ years of shooting left I found it very hard to reverse my prone position and stay behind the scope. But back to the topic and the lesson of the day. 2 stations down a fellow was sighting in his muzzeloader. There  was a boom and then what sounded like a jet engine. I looked up th see 3 foot flames and a large flume of white smoke coming from his table. He had left the covers off the  boxes of powder pellets sitting on the table. When he fired there was a low headwind that blew sparks back that ignited one then the other box of pellets. Luck was with him and no one was hurt. The steel table was scorched black and white from the burn. The rifle barrel had heavy powder burns and the front plastic sight was burned off. His plastic shooting rest was melted too. It got every ones attention. He left with some dignity by saying that that was all of his powder and that he had given everyone something to laugh about. It may have been some snickers but they were nervous snickers. I was about ready to leave too. Shocked So remember to keep the powder dry, but keep a lid on it for safety.

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I hope he learned a very important lesson!!!  I see guys loading one round at a time at eh firing line and I think it is extremely dangerous.  Loading for centerfires should be done else where and BP and substitutes should always be placed back into a protective ammo container prior to firing a load.
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Thanks for the safety tip 3-tens!
 
Would be very interested in your results with the .22 ammo.I shoot a 1710D HB annie with good results using Eley[blk box] Wolf match & Federal gold match.Fed'being the best match,go figure!These are all in 40grn.
 
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Thats crazy, glad no body was hurt.
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I almost had the same thing happen to me with a big box of mortar fireworks!  Neighbor and I were setting off mortars in tandem using propane torches to light the fuses.  The tissue wrapper came off one at launch and floated down heading right for the box full of live ones.  I was able to kick the box out of the way just in time.  Then I had words with the neighbor for leaving the box open after being warned not to!  He got ignorant about it so I wouldn't let him light anymore!
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