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Old September 23, 2001, 07:36 PM   #1
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NEF problems

I purchased a NEF Handi Rifle from a TFL member. The rifle was advertised as being in eccellent condition. Upon arrival at my local shop, my smith discovered the extractor was worn out. Ordered a new extractor without ever firing a shot. After installing new extractor, took the rifle home and shot one shot. Casing hung in the chamber and had to be punched out. Returned the rifle to my smith who also attempted to fire the weapon and he also had the same results. After talking it over, we decided maybe that the casings were swelling (which is normal), and that perhaps the new extractor was binding the casing against the top of the chamber. My smith removed the extractor and fired the rifle with the same end result. Any ideas as to what may be going on here? Is this a normal problem with the NEF or did I purchase somebodies else's headaches? I'd hate to think I got snookered by a member, but I guess stranger things have happened. I only hope this rifle carries the NEF lifetime warranty.
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Old September 23, 2001, 07:50 PM   #2
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Sometimes the ammo is the problem. You don't say what the caliber is or if the smith used the same ammo brand as you did.

If you rule out ammo, there are possible solutions, including polishing the chamber with a slotted rod and fine grit emery cloth. But if the rifle is shows no sign of tampering, I would send it back to NEF. Call them first for instructions, though.

Buying any item used, sight unseen, is taking a risk. I think we would like to feel that TFLers are friends, but that may not be true when it comes to unloading a headache on someone else.

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Old September 23, 2001, 07:55 PM   #3
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The rifle is in 308. The smith and I both used surplus ammo, but used different brands.
You are right about sight unseen. Sometimes you takes your chances and then you pay the prices.
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Old September 24, 2001, 09:16 AM   #4
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Mind only does it after several (15-20) shots. It's .223. It can be a problem, but is usually fixable.
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Old September 24, 2001, 10:02 AM   #5
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The only times I've had extraction problems with NEF rifles is when 1) I shoot loads near max and 2) I let the extractor get dirty. I have a .223, a .30-30 and a .357 Herrett Long (full length .30-30 case, necked up to a .357 bore).
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Old September 24, 2001, 01:05 PM   #6
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Scrub the chamber real good with a brush. Spray the inside of the extractor housing with gun scrubber and lightly oil. Use new factory ammo or reloads. My .223 NEF says not to use military surplus. If that doesn't get it, polish the chamber as was stated earlier.
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