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MikeJK 05-09-2012 03:46 PM

Short Stroked
It's a sad sad day for the mikejk household. Purchased a grab bag of steel cased ammunition from a guy locally a week or so ago. There was what appeared to be Silver Bear HP in a zip lock bag. Being as I have never tried the stuff I hit up the range.

First magazine good. Second magazine good, good, good, nothing. No click, nothing. I dropped the mag and ejected the round in the chamber. Then pulled the trigger, click. Short Stroke. Son-of-a. No longer 100%.

I did finish off the rest of it w/o an issue.

We're still looking at 2k+ rounds of steel and around 1k brass w/ 1 malfunction.

Looks like I'll have to swap out the ST-T2 when shooting that stuff.

homelessguy01 05-09-2012 04:27 PM

Sad day indeed what rifle were you using

MikeJK 05-09-2012 07:27 PM

BCM. It's more of a joke as one malfunction due to a heavy buffer (4.3 oz.) is nothing to be concerned about. In fact I have carried a carbine buffer in my range bag for the last year in case this happened. I would be more concerned if it hadn't have happened as it could mean the AR was over gassed.

AgentTikki 05-09-2012 07:40 PM

Or the ammo you are running is inconsistent....but its not right? :p

Quentin 05-09-2012 07:58 PM

Arrruuuggghhh! Say it ain't so Mike! :D

Kinda like when my DD failed to extract its first steel case! Oh well, you just make the fix and keep on feeding her the stuff. :D

MikeJK 05-09-2012 08:42 PM

That's a good point AT. I had such a small sample it was impossible to reach such a conclusion. It could also be that it's not used to that high dollar zinc coated ammo as I usually feed it Tula and Wolf :)

I'm going to leave it as is until it does it again.

Fixer 05-10-2012 01:37 AM

Far too many people look at the rifle when they should be looking at the ammo or magazine.

MikeJK 05-10-2012 02:10 AM


Originally Posted by Fixer
Far too many people look at the rifle when they should be looking at the ammo or magazine.

You're 50% correct. Most of the time it is the rifle or more specific an out of spec chamber or a buffer that is to heavy.

In my case it really wasn't a mystery as I had been expecting this to happen eventually. I just wanted to put it out there considering how big of a proponent I am of steel cased ammunition.

Disclaimer: IMO, YMMV, I haven't stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in quite a while, yada yada. I love butterflies.

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