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Old 09-15-2015, 03:07 PM
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Browning T-Bolt Feeding Issues



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Hey Folks,

I'm new to this forum (but have been reading a lot of stuff from here). Anyway, I bought a Browning T-Bolt 17 hmr sporter a couple weeks ago. When I first got it and went to the range, there wasn't any feeding problems (loading to fire and reloading) what so ever (I tried all the rounds that I can get a hold of which includes Hornady vmax, XTP's, CCI Gamepoints, CCI FMJ). This past weekend I took it out to go hunting and notice that my rounds (CCI gamepoints) wouldn't feed. When I try to load a round to fire, the bullet seems to get stuck right below the chamber (I have to push up my magazine up a little bit in order to load and reload after a shot). Here's the kicker; it only seems to happen when I use the CCI gamepoint/Hornady XTP's ammos but not when I use the CCI fmj. Has anyone had this problem? Any remedies before I contact Browning?

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Old 11-21-2015, 03:03 PM
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same problem

I just noticed the same problem with my T Bolt 22wmr. I am wondering if it is because I have kept the mag loaded for several months. Did you find out anything?
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:03 PM
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I just found the problem. I was looking at my T Bolt to make sure everything was clean and I felt the stock wiggle ever so slightly. I tightened the two allen screws on the bottom ( they only turned a little) and that fixed the problem. Feeds perfectly again. Let me know if this fixes your problem on the 17
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Old 12-11-2015, 06:01 PM
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Yep, happened to me too on my 17. It would load polymer tips and other full length, pointed ammo, just not hollow points. I called browning and they sent me another magazine and it has worked fine so far. I got to keep the old one too that works great for full length. Good luck.

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Old 01-04-2016, 08:45 AM
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After giving it a couple of years off and shooting other rifles during squirrel season, I returned yesterday to my 22LR T-Bolt to do a little hunting.

I had the exact same feeding problem described by the OP with all 3 of my magazines. Has anyone else encountered this? It is definitely a mag problem and not a rifle problem; the springs in the mags seem to be fine when they are empty.

All 3 mags worked great the last time I had the rifle to the range a few months ago. The shells seem to be hanging up somehow, I just can't figure it. The easy "fix" would be to get new magazines, but I expected to get a lifetime of service out of the three I have.

Thanks for any feedback!
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:10 AM
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T Bolt magazine

Do you turn the external gear on the magazine when loading as per the manual?
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:43 PM
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Do you turn the external gear on the magazine when loading as per the manual?
Yep, the gear (wheel) seems to turn perfectly smoothly. I'm going to try different ammo and see if that helps.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:07 AM
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I had problems with feeding on my T Bolts. I was placing the cartridges in the magazine without turning the wheel. One cartridge jammed beneath the platform rather than on top. That caused my feeding problems. Once I started using the wheel to load, I had no more feeding problems. It sounds like there are other feeding problems beyond using the wheel properly.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:32 AM
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Thanks redmike, when it quits being so wintery around here, I'm going to test with different ammo and pay more attention to the wheel action when I load it.
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It sounds like some of those problematic magazines could benefit from a swim & swirl in a pail of clean kerosene (available @ most Hess gas stations) to clean them out internally, and also leaving a thin film of lube inside all the nooks/cranies, once the carrier evaporates.

Any residue that was in the magazines will be seen as thin wisps of black matter, in the bottom of the pail of kero.

FWIW, I live/shoot/hunt in New England's cold Winter weather, and have never experienced any issues, such as the lube freezing, with the kero bath treatment.

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Well, I went back to CCI SV and was sure to "turn the wheel" when loading and all was well in T-bolt land.

Still going to play around with different ammo, but am relieved to not have to get new magazines.
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I noticed that the two screws below was loose from the original post. After tightening the screws, the feeding issues went away for a while. I just recently try feeding the other rounds (CCI gamepoint, vmax, etc.) again on 17 hmr and they will not feed.

Has anyone encounter such issue with their 17 hmr? The only round I can properly feed without issue is the CCI FMJ. For all the other rounds (CCI game points, etc.), I have to slightly push the magazine up in order to feed it round after round. I checked and the two screws below are tight.

This is getting frustrated as my next step would be to call Browning and have them look at it. Since the non-lead ammo ban for CA will be in effect next year, it would be nice to have a proper working gun.
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I had a similar problem with my .22 LR - the first round not wanting to feed properly. I then tried skipping the first slot in the magazine, and that seemed to cure it. You might give this a try.
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Feed issues with my Browning T-Bold .17

I see that this is an old posting, but I recently inherited a ten year old .17 T-Bold and am having feed issues.

No problems feeding CCI V-Max, .17 HMR, Poly-Tip, 17 Grain, but not much else. These cartridges are slightly shorter than most others, and feed just fine. Twenty grain ammo and hollow points are a little longer, feed low, and are hanging up.

If one lightly pushes up on the magazine, when using the longer cartridges, they feed with no issues. I pulled the barrel off, and it appears that this stock is factory bedded, and there is bedding on both barrel the side, as well as the magazine well side, where it fits in and holds the screws. It appears that the glass bedding is too thick and not allowing the magazine frame to fit up as high as needed.

Before I go chiseling out bedding on the mag well side, or filing off plastic from the top of the mag frame, I was wondering if anyone else has had these same issues? There doesn't seem to be any resolution to these older posts, and thinking there may now be more info available?

I will likely start by filing down the mag frame, because it is only a $14 part, and easy to replace if it does not fix the problem. Just trying to avoid this, because too much filing and I will jeopardize the thickness of the screws are held in place on the mag frame.
Mag frame part number is B2569069 if you want to see what I am referring to.
https://www.browning.com/content/dam...432-t-bolt.pdf

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may be able to offer.

Sincerely, John
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:56 AM
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A follow up to my last posting.

I finally got around to resolving my feed issue.

I opted to remove the mag frame, Part B2569069 https://www.browning.com/content/dam...432-t-bolt.pdf, and file off some plastic from the mating surface of the top of the mag frame.

Using a dial calipers, I started by removing two thousandths, at a time, from the front tab on the mag frame. I opted not to remove any plastic from the rear of the mag frame tab, because the bolt was catching plenty of the cartridge when feeding a new round. After removing six thousandths and the third fitting, the mag is feeding flawlessly. CCI, Hornady, and Winchester 20 grain all feed with no issues.

I did not take pictures as I proceeded, but if someone is having feed issues and thinks pictures would help, please let me know and I can disassemble the gun and take step by step pictures of the process. If your feed issues donít go away when slightly pushing up on the mag, I doubt this modification to the mag frame will resolve your issue.

Note: I am not a gunsmith, and donít know if Browning would consider this a valid repair? I do know that Browning was going to charge me $50 just to look at it, so they could give me a quote for repairs. Also, I was going to have to include FFA and shipping fees on top of the repair fees. I opted to risk damaging a $14 mag frame and have resolved the issue.

Good luck, John
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