Remington 700 Muzzleloader KABOOM – Man's Bolt Action Rifle Detonates in His Hands [GRAPHIC]

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F
The Remington Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader, post-kaboom. Image credit: Courtney Crane, used with permission

Earlier this week, Fierce Firearms sales manager Courtney Crane posted a video and photos of an catastrophic event that occurred while his friend (unnamed) was shooting a Remington 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader bolt action rifle. The event caused the complete destruction of the rifle, splitting the barrel like a banana peel and destroying the rifle’s stock. The shooter, unfortunately, was seriously injured, with shrapnel tearing through his hand in multiple places, requiring stitches and – likely – major surgery to repair. As of the time of this writing, it is not yet know what caused the catastrophic event. It is possible that the weapon was double-loaded (two charges and projectiles stacked together), causing excessive pressure, but that is not confirmed.

Shooting guns can be lots of fun, but they are also high energy weapons capable of considerable damage, especially when things go wrong. When shooting, it’s important to take the correct precautions, including following the four rules, but also using safe targets at safe distances, and making sure the weapon is clear of obstructions and loaded with the proper ammunition. While we still do not yet know what caused the destruction of the rifle, this incident should serve as a sobering reminder to everyone.

Stay safe out there, folks.

The Firearm Blog has reached out to Courtney for comment, and, if we receive any, will relay them to our readers as soon as possible.


Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Ryfyle Ryfyle on Sep 21, 2017

    Had slashes like that assembling a computer tower. On a Side note, why not get a Springfield and some Jacketed Minnie Balls?

    • Marcus D. Marcus D. on Sep 22, 2017

      @Ryfyle No need for jackets, since the muzzle velocity is so low. Jackets came into being shortly after the introduction of smokeless, as a design change necessitated by the much higher velocities achieved from the new powder. At high velocities, the bullets would "smear" down the barrel, not engaging the rifling, and thus the rifling would impart little spin. Moreover, the grooves would lead up rapidly and the rifle would become a musket after a relatively few number of rounds, with substantially decreased accuracy. The copper jackets solved this problem. Full metal jackets, on the other hand, were implemented due to the massive wounding caused by high velocity soft lead, even greater than the massive wounds caused by the .57 caliber Minie balls used in the Civil War (and in Europe).

  • Kenneth Schmidt Kenneth Schmidt on Sep 21, 2017

    This is why I don't fool around with muzzleloaders not do any reloading as I am a klutz. I know my limitations.