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If that gun was a 340PD (or one of its kin) the gun likely blew up on its own, no "doubling" required. There have been at -least- 2 other people on NES that have had theirs blow up, plus a guy I know off the forum who had it happen to him, too.I was unfortunate enough to have a S&W AirWeight Snubby kaboom while shooting many years ago. Looked a lot like that..with additional damage to the frame. I was shooting some "personal defense" boutique ammo that was made locally...no doubt I got a double charge.
Lesson learned...don't shoot someone else's reloads. I haven't since.
BTW, S&W gave me a replacement even though they would have been perfectly justified to tell me to pound sand. Hope you get the same from Ruger.
I wouldn't threaten legal action unless you have exhausted the customer service angle and are actually willing to get a lawyer involved. Once you mention legal action, most of these big companies kick the problem over to their legal department and won't talk to you anymore.Call Ruger. If they they tell you to get forked, tell them that if they won't replace it, you and your buddy will be having your attorneys contact their legal department. You should have a prepaid shipping label in your email inbox within a half hour.
If the barrel broke off due to the revolver being fired with a bore obstruction, then I would expect the broken off barrel to still be obstructed. Am I missing something here?
Yes, this. Don't go there until you are mentally prepared to either drop it or have a lawyer follow up (and they don't help for free).I wouldn't threaten legal action unless you have exhausted the customer service angle and are actually willing to get a lawyer involved. Once you mention legal action, most of these big companies kick the problem over to their legal department and won't talk to you anymore.
It seems premature to worry about parting out the wreckage.... it is very likely that the frame is OK, and that the revolver is repairable. Unfortunately, it may not be economically feasible to repair the revolver, but it may still be possible.
Unfortunately, even if it is possible to repair this revolver, it might cost more than it is worth. To do a repair, it would be necessary to remove the broken stub of the barrel from the frame. ...
this was my reasoning on the matter, no obstruction in the bore and no bulged barrel...... no squib
Yes, you are missing where the OP stated that the barrel was clear of obstruction.