FTF Ammo problem?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by laynejc, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. laynejc

    laynejc New Member

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    I got some mil surp ammo from a guy and test fired some today, out of two rounds chambered only one went off and it was after being struck twice, the second round did not fire after multiple strikes. I had one misfire earlier in the year with lake city, struck it 4 times. I have had the gun for several years have never had any ftf issues with it. I did purchase it used. It has had close to 15 rnds thru it since the lacke city ftf without any problems. I cant get the individual round to show up in a photo but the box has all the markings the rounds do, the rounds have 3 marks around the primer from being crimped. The firing pin appears to be leaving good strike marks.
     

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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I can't quite remember, but I think that's South African ammunition. If it is, it's outstanding quality.

    How clean is your chamber, boltface and extractor?
     

  3. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Any clue as to country of origin?
     
  4. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Here is a problem I ran into with my 30-06 and Winchester ammo. The firing pin was hitting the primer but just not quite hard enough to ignite. What was happening was the round was actually sliding forward in the chamber when the pin hit it. Winchester's length was just short enough that the round could move. I no longer shoot any Winchester ammo thru that rifle and don't have a single problem.
    Try measuring the ammo your having problems with and compare it to something that works well in that rifle.
     
  5. laynejc

    laynejc New Member

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    gun is good, chamber clean, entire bolt is fine, not sure of the country, the primer was struck good and hard, and it has fired everything i put thru it after the first post, and i picked on what i considered to be junk ammo (the stuff that dont group the best)
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I figured it out. That's Portuguese ammunition, not South African! I'm old and slow, but I've still got it. ;)

    If you are sure of your rifle, then it's the ammunition. I can assure you that Portuguese, Australian, South African, British Radway Green, German Hirtenberger and Lake City are clean, reliable and accurate. My guess is that the ammunition was stored poorly or got damp or something. That's the only problem with surplus ammo. I've been lucky and picked it up in the past from reliable sources and have never had a glitch yet. (He said touching wood.)
     
  7. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    I would concur. Most South African surplus available here is in "battle packs", sealed better than domestic stuff on the shelves.

    Alot of Pakistani surplus varies a great deal in quality, again, likely the way it was stored.

    Eastern Bloc stuff will last forever, after the Apocalypse, roaches will be warring for food with C&Rs and spam cans of Czech ammo.

    I'm unaware of the primers being too hard, so I'm gonna guess damp powder.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    That is real odd for Portuguese ammo. FNM is normally 100% reliable. I would give it a go in another rifle.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I recommend you try about 200 rounds in an HK and a CETME. Send them to me and I will be glad to run the tests for you.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    You so Funny!
    You forgot a bolt gun!
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I was going to throw in the tests with the FR-8 for no additional charge.