At the local outdoor range an Oriental man blew the living snot out of his brand new Savage yesterday morning. I'm not a Savage connoisseur but it was a nice law enforcement model with a fluted heavy barrel and a fairly nice looking stock.
The man had facial injuries. The bolt blew back and hit him in the safety glasses. From there it slide down and punctured the cheek skin and ripped a large chunk of flesh off his face, bone was exposed. The range safety officers administered first aid and called an EMT. The local sheriff department showed up with the fire truck/EMT team.
The barrel and stock appeared to be intact, I wasn't able to inspect the rifle. The action swelled and the bolt shot out into his face. I listened to some of the questions the safety officers were asking. Evidently he wanted more velocity out of his load so he substituted a pistol powder in place of his normal powder load. This guy is a true idiot and fortunate to be alive.
Something that I thought was interesting. The sheriff took the rifle and ammo into his possession. Perhaps they will examine it or maybe they just keep it until the shooter claims it.
I never really thought about the dangers of shooting near another hand loader. I generally don't shoot anyone's load. The exception is close friends with safe reloading practices. I think anyone within 25 feet of this clown was in danger. The thought of pistol powder in a rifle makes me cringe. If this rifle would have been a light weight non tactical version instead of a heavy action heavy barrel version it probably would have scatter steel everywhere.
Be careful out there...