Downloading ammunition Winchester, Herters and Browning 115gr 9mm

If you purchased any Winchester, Browning or Herter’s or 115 grain 9mm ammunition after March 25, 2021, that ammunition may be withdrawn. (Note: Apparently Winchester is charging this charge for Browning).

According to Winchester, some batches of 9mm Luger 115 FMJ and JHP ammunition may contain fuel that may not ignite and burn properly when the cartridge is fired. Even if the projectile does not fully ignite, it may still exert sufficient pressure to cause the projectile to enter the barrel and settle in the bore of the pistol. Commonly known as a shot, if a cartridge failure causes the bullet to get stuck in the barrel, then reloading and firing another round with a clogged bore is very likely to damage the firearm and can cause the firearm to malfunction or destroy it. It could also injure shooters and potential passers-by.

Because bullets usually fail to eject a bullet from the barrel, you must use a metal rod or wooden dowel and some impact (such as a hammer or hard surface) to knock the bullet out before the weapon can be put back into action.

I witnessed that the charge of the shot resulted in the destruction of the pistol. The competitor thought she had failed to insert the charge when she reloaded the pistol, then tapped the Tap-Rack, immediately returned to the target and fired another charge. The shot was noticeably louder (I heard an unusual report) and the pistol jammed with the breech locked in place. The security officer said he did not realize that the contestant had a fad noise from nearby shooting ranges and because the shooter’s body prevented the SO from seeing the pistol (tight corridor on the stage – poor stage design).

The competitor trained herself (like many of us) to rectify the fault automatically. The Tap-Rack maneuver struck a new bullet, which, when fired, ejected the jammed bullet, caused excessive pressure, which bulged the barrel, pushed the slide rails out of specification, and firmly locked the pistol in the partially open position. The local gunsmith had to cut the barrel in half to get the breech out of the pistol. Smith and Wesson later x-rayed the plastic frame and found that it was also stressed – the pistol was essentially a total loss. If this were to happen in a self-defense situation instead of during a competition, the competitor would have a serious problem; only a backup weapon could probably solve the problem.

So if you have any of these ammunition, go to the Winchester and Browning websites to find out if your ammunition’s lot numbers match the download. Note: If ammunition was purchased before March 25, 2021, it is NOT subject to withdrawal.

Shameless plug: We produce a FreeBore titanium discharge removal tool and a key ring designed to remove discharges, cartridges jammed in the chamber from a broken extractor or jammed cartridges in the revolver. You can buy one here: FreeBore

I also made a video demonstrating how the shot sounds and how to remove the jammed bullet: Squib

David Berry

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