Having filled the loading strips with rounds the shooter now has an option of four techniques for pealing off the rounds and loading them in the cylinder’s charge holes. The shooter can:
One – Twist the loading strip counter-clockwise while keeping the loading holes flat against the face of the cylinder.
Two – Twist the loading strip clockwise while keeping the loading holes flat against the face of the cylinder.
Three – Peal the loading strip in a straight line, forward and away from the shooter.
Hour – Peal the loading strip in a straight line, rearward and toward the shooter.
Of the four techniques numbers One and Two are the least popular. Both of these techniques are failure prone. Both techniques habitably release additional rounds out of the loading strip and drop them onto the floor.
There are three reasons that both these techniques tend to drop rounds.
First, when twisting off the first two inserted rounds a third round will regularly contact the outer wall of the cylinder. This contact with the cylinder’s wall levers the third round out of the loading strip causing it to fall to the ground.
Second, when the loading strip is being twisted it is often also being flexed in a cork-crew fashion. The additional twisting rotation opens up the holding holes and permits the rounds to fall out of the loading strip.
Third, the first and second problems can occurred in concert with each other. If the mechanics of the first problem is not sufficient to dislodge extra rounds then the mechanics of the second problem is often enough to finish the job.
Part of the solution is to vigorously dissuade shooters from using either of these methods while practicing reloading from loading strips.
Either of the remaining loading strip techniques will avoid the above noted problems. Both remaining techniques enjoy vocal advocates and knowledge of both methods should be in every snub owner’s collection of reloading techniques.