Sunday, November 29, 2015

Get Thee To A Gunsmith!

We went to Carmi today and cleaned up trash at the Carmi Rifle Club. One of the advantages of cleaning up a rifle range is the brass you find. Today I found 19 Winchester .308 brasses, and eight of them hadn't even fired. All of them had light strikes, and were left lying on the ground. I will pull the bullets and reload all of these to 7.62 x 51 pressure for use in the old Ishapore Enfield.

The person who left these will probably never see this post, but if someone can reach him/her, please send him to the nearest gunsmith ASAP. The firearm you are using has a problem. Maybe a dangerous problem! The fired rounds are visibly longer than the unfired, and I suspect that excessive headspace may be the culprit for the light strikes. It's better to nip this problem in the bud than to put up with it, or try to solve it without knowledge of the internals of the firearm you are using. Hands, face, eyes, are all too valuable to risk using a malfunctioning rifle. Please get it fixed!

1 comment:

Merle Morrison said...

Yep, excessive headspace can get you a facefull of hot gas & shrapnel, as well as wreck your rifle.