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Old November 3, 2008, 01:46 PM   #1
superpelly
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30-30 bolt action , casing expanding

Have a Stevens 325b bolt action. when I fire the the gun the casing is extremely hard to extract. The live run fits in the chamber just fine, but when I fire the gun, the casing expands (bottom half) and take 2 hands on the bolt and a lot of pull to extract the casing. When i try to put the fired casing back in the chamber it gets stuck half way? Any Ideas? Thanks
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Old November 3, 2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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I suggest you take the gun to a gunsmith and have the headspace checked. If that is OK, then check the chamber for rust, dirt, etc. You might be able to polish the chamber using something like 600-1000 grit emery paper on a wood dowel, but that would only be after you find the problem.

Case expansion is pretty common and you often won't be able to re-insert the empty case into the chamber until it is resized, a normal part of reloading.

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Old November 3, 2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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thanks, I polished the chamber and extracts fine!!! Normal case expansion.
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