Light firing pin strikes

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  1. CubCouper

    CubCouper Silver $$ Contributor

    Jun 8, 2012
    Twice in less that three days I've dealt with two different factory *new* rifles (one in 6.5-300Wthby and the other in 338 Lap Mag) that dismantled their own firing pins in a half box of ammo. Two different manufactures, but in both cases the recoil of 10 rounds unseated the set screw that locks the firing pin to the cocking piece. Both had progressively lighter primer strikes until they misfired, barely marking the primer.

    Fix is simple enough, tighten with a drop of the blue goo and added a second screw to lock the first in place.
  2. 284winner

    284winner Gold $$ Contributor

    Dec 6, 2015
    Had the same dilemma with a brand-new action I used on a rifle I recently built. Could not figure it out but it wound up being the firing pin spring was too weak. Ordered a 32 lb firing pin spring (a major upgrade from the factory spring) and the problem was solved. It needed a little bit of a pin adjustment but the major problem was the factory spring. I just couldn't believe the factory spring could be the issue being brand new.
  3. BenPerfected

    BenPerfected Gold $$ Contributor

    Nov 24, 2009
    If you are reloading, another possibility is the shoulders are over bumped. I know a guy that did that:cool:
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  4. ebb


    Oct 31, 2010
    I don't understand "over bump". The only way I can see over bump is if the bottom of the die, or the shell holder had metal removed in some way to make them shorter. The same issue could come from a chamber too long. Please help me understand over bump?
  5. dkhunt14


    Jan 15, 2012
    I have seen dies where they would bump .020 plus. If the chamber is maximum headspace and the die is at minimum or less, it is possible. Matt
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  6. Jimmy James

    Jimmy James Silver $$ Contributor

    Aug 27, 2017
    Rem 700 in 223 with Brux bbl just started having intermittent light strikes (?) would not set off primer 1 in 10 times. 500 rnds on gun. Changed out firing pin assembly with cocking piece and shroud to a Gretan. No more problems.
  7. Dusty Stevens

    Dusty Stevens COVFEFE- Thread Derail Crew Gold $$ Contributor

    May 8, 2014
    Like matt said a good die never touches the shellholder so overbumping is cake
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  8. gunsandgunsmithing

    gunsandgunsmithing The best tuners and wind flags on the market Gold $$ Contributor

    Feb 4, 2007
    I actually prefer it to touch some. I use a rockchucker press and want to feel a light cam over. I don't disagree that either will work and that on a production basis, not touching is safest in terms of making sure the phone doesn't ring with problems on the other end of the line.

    That said, the die touching or not has nothing to do with proper bump. If all anyone does is set dies by the instructions included with them, it's an almost certainty that they are pushing the shoulder back too far.
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  9. Drolds72

    Drolds72 Gold $$ Contributor

    Nov 9, 2015
    One way to check for excessive head space is to seat long and jam bullet so case is forced against bolt. If those light primer strikes fire, you found it. Downside to this is, if it doesn't fire, and your bullet is jammed, it will pull bullet. point rifle straight up when opening up bolt if safe to do so, so powder stays in brass.

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