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Old 11-13-2019, 04:07 AM
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I have been plagued with misfires, sometimes as many as 8 in a row. And as for a hunt, it pretty well spoils a hunt.

I again went to my gunsmith pal and he took apart my bolt and we agreed the rifle bolt is fine.

We then pulled the bullet of a dud round, poured out the powder, and examined the primer material. Our discovery was there was almost no primer material with most areas, none at all.

I have been buying box after box of mostly duds because our local stores sell the old crap ammo. Notices to the stores has resulted in nothing.

I contacted Winchester and gave them the details and am waiting for their decision as for my problem. I have 10 or 11 boxes of the worthless fodder I can't depend upon.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:05 AM
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I feel your pain, especially when shooting at a live target! Itís bad enough when just shooting paper.

Winchester didnít do themselves (or us) any favors when they didnít just do a total recall of ďALLĒ that early ammo. Since they are the only ones to manufacture the 17 wsm ammo we just have to hope their quality control has improved for the cal. to survive.

Please keep us updated on their response.

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Old 11-13-2019, 09:58 AM
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Are there any specific lot numbers to look for? I have a quite a bit of hornaday branded ammo bought ahead. So far i havent had a issue.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:37 AM
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That really sucks OH.

All mine is old but the only problems I've had with ammo is the accuracy of some lots. I forgot to look for fired splits the last 2 range sessions.

Got a huge boar limb chicken yesterday with the 22. It had some serious nads on em!
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:19 AM
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How old is the "older" ammo?
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:21 PM
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Old Hickory, are these FTF problems with a Bmag by chance?

My HB SS Bmag, when I first got it, had A LOT of FTF issues. I called Savage and talked to one of their techs and he thought the problem could be from how the trigger was dragging off of the sear which slows down the force of the firing pin striking and suggested I kinda jerk the trigger instead of a smooth gradual pull. I gave it a try and sure enough, with the exact same ammo I was having LOTS of FTF issues, it pretty much cured the FTF problem.

Jerking the trigger, instead of my normal gradual pull, was flat not going to work for me so I took my trigger apart, lightly sanded the sear contact points to clean any burr off the edge then polished it up to a mirror finish. It not only eliminated ever bit of creep/pretravel my trigger had in it but it also took care of my FTF issues and I can't remember the last time I had a FTF, and, I'm still shooting ammo from the same cases I bought years ago when I first purchased my Bmag.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:36 AM
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I have been plagued with misfires, sometimes as many as 8 in a row. And as for a hunt, it pretty well spoils a hunt.

I again went to my gunsmith pal and he took apart my bolt and we agreed the rifle bolt is fine.

We then pulled the bullet of a dud round, poured out the powder, and examined the primer material. Our discovery was there was almost no primer material with most areas, none at all.

I have been buying box after box of mostly duds because our local stores sell the old crap ammo. Notices to the stores has resulted in nothing.

I contacted Winchester and gave them the details and am waiting for their decision as for my problem. I have 10 or 11 boxes of the worthless fodder I can't depend upon.
Dang buddy, I hate to hear this about your ammo! Keep me posted, At least the squirrels are the only ones happy right now!
Rick
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