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Old 05-28-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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I took my CCW renewal course last night. I had my S&W Centennial and a box of Remington Target(Remington, not the Remington UMC box) .38 Spl LSWC for my range ammo.
The first ten rounds performed as expected but the next five rounds, while chambered, would not let me close the cylinder.
I punched out that five, loaded another five rounds and everything worked.
I tried loading the miscreant five rounds again and again, the cylinder wouldn't lock in place.
I selected a different five rounds and all went as expected.
Loaded the despicable five and no lockup.

I set the offending five aside and this morning did a side by side comparison with the other rounds in the box and there is no discernible difference I can see. Case length, OAL, rim thickness look the same as the rest of the box.

Has anyone here experience this?
Is the problem with my S&W(I seriously doubt this but I have to admit my confidence is shaken being this is my carry piece!) Or is it Remington?
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Old 05-28-2020, 05:44 PM   #2
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Well, one of the five is the stinker! The only visible difference I can see is that the case lacks a cannelure and the rim is flattened on one side—I didn’t notice this before—I suspect from repeatedly trying to close the cylinder.

This raises a disturbing situation I’ve never thought of as a wheel gunner,
Obviously if I had loaded this into a speed loader and actually got into a serious situation where I needed to reload, it could have put me in a tragic position!

I’m thinking every speed loader’s worth of ammo needs to be chambered and cylinder locked before being reinserted into the speed loader for carry.

Does anyone else do this?
Do you veteran wheel gunners recommend this practice, or not?

This is new territory for me!
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:19 PM   #3
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Never tried that as I've never experienced that issue with factory ammo.
I'm not a big fan of Rem. ammo, so I would relegate any of that you still have to practice ammo, and go for a top, proven JHP for carry and speed-loads. Testing it before-hand sounds like a great idea.
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:03 PM   #4
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I sent an email to Remington with the box numbers. I wonder what kind of response I'll get?
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Old 06-09-2020, 06:22 PM   #5
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Six days after emailing Remington and no response. I'm done with them.
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