Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

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Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Okie1297 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:31 pm

[img][/img]I’m new to shotguns So this is probably a stupid question. I was at Walmart yesterday and my dad picked up a couple of boxes of 20 gauge super x shells to go rabbit squirrel and pheasant hunting with. One of the boxes is 1oz of #5 I noticed when I got home that one of the shells has a bulging crimp it it die at give at all and it fells full to the top. I’m wondering if it’s safe to shoot this shell I’m new to shotguns and I dint want to rush hurtling my self or my 870.
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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by BKinzey » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:12 pm

If it bothers you at all, discard it.

I would say though if it chambers easily it should be fine. If it was me, I'd probably cut it open for unscientific inspection.

Can you post a pic?

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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Scorpion8 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:05 pm

Post a picture. Fact is the Remington 870 receiver was load tested to 55,000 psi, and most 20 ga shells run 9-11,000 psi. But no one gets to say "Oops" twice, so sometimes you're better off just disposing of the shell.
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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Okie1297 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:17 am

I edited the post with a picture

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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by BKinzey » Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:21 pm

I'd shoot that. I have had similar rounds in 12ga.

I think that's more of a fail of the crimp sealing process than a problem with the load itself. Not anything to be concerned with.

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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Scorpion8 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:47 pm

^ Ditto. That's safe to shoot in my book.
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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Okie1297 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:29 pm

Ok thank you I didn’t want to risk blowing up my gun or me and I’m new to shotguns so I didn’t know.

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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by mikelee8815 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:41 pm

Late reply but I'd definatly shoot that without hesitation. I've shot worse than that but I think theres a fine line lol

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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Scorpion8 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:45 am

mikelee8815 wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:41 pm
Late reply but I'd definatly shoot that without hesitation.
Come to think of it, I've reloaded some that look like that at the end, they shoot fine.
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Re: Is it safe to shoot a shell with a bulging crimp?

Post by Okie1297 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:03 am

Ok thanks.

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