Thank you all for your well-wishes. I am back home now and on the road to recovery.
The accident happened to me on Christmas day; I've seen a few news reports that had pics of the destroyed gun. I pulled up on a pheasant for the first shot of the day and the Rem Mod 11 blew up. Barrel only blew up, not the magazine. The 2 rounds in the (detached) magazine were still there, although crushed from the blast. But that was plenty as I'm minus my left hand now. First 4"-6" of the barrel ahead of the action is missing and thinking that's what destroyed the hand. The gun worked fine the previous day, with factory ammo. Fortunately, only my left hand rec'd damage, and no one else around me, or my dogs.
I was shooting some reloads from 20-25 years ago that were trap-level loads. Almost didn't take them as I rememered them as a bit light and possibly would not cycle the action. So, don't know if there was a barrel obstruction, or bad reload.
I'll try to check in periodically, although not too much in the coming weeks, especially since my typing is quite slow now! I'm doing fine and will be adjusting to doing things differently.
shawn you said you lost your hand ..im hopeing you meant for now until it heals..
either way you alive an thats the most important thing.. slim.
ps take it easy on that percocet.. its a two edged sword.grin
slim, unfortunately the hand is gone indeed; everything fwd of the wrist has been removed. I'm doing fine, but the hand was not repairable. What was left of any fingers/thumb/palm was so mangled that bone/nerve/skin/tissue was not sufficient to do any reconstruct. Will be looking at prosthesis options.
I was very lucky that damage was limited to just my one hand.
Whoa Shawn!!! I just caught this thread (I have been known not to pay attention)...This is a bad deal, and I am sorry it had to happen to you! Buck up there, get healed, and as much as you love to shoot and hunt, I know you will find a way to get out there again!!! Try and keep us posted on your recovery as much as possible! FT
Shawn, I'm truly sorry to hear of this tragic accident and hope you recover soon! Looking at the photos of the gun, I guess we all are grateful the injuries, as bad as they are, were not worst! My prayers are with you.
Sorry to hear about your accident Shawn. I've been off the net for the last week, (Too sick to get on line.) and this is the first I heard of the accident. My prayers are with you for a quick recovery. I also put your on our Church Prayer List for a speedy recovery. God Bless and take care.
I don't know you except from the content of your posts, but they have indicated to me that this will be a minor set-back for you. You will persevere because your character will not let you do anything else. I will be interested in the progress of your recovery.
It can happen to anyone. Be carefull, be VERY careful when reloading! If you at all expect something is wrong with a relaod, DO NOT USE IT! Second guessing just does not cut it.
I have had my own personal experience. I accidently double loaded a .44 mag once. Thankfully, I had a Ruger which is made of very strong steel, otherwise I may have wound up like Shawn. I now have a Dillon progressive reloader which takes away the possibilities of a mis-hap, at least for me.
Reloading requires one's full attention!
I hope you have a complete recovery, Shawn. God bless.
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