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M1 Carbine Malfunction

HAIRYHAIRY Member Posts: 23,606
edited December 2003 in Ask the Experts
i have a universal m1 carbine that stove pipes the spent brass almost every shot.. i have tried different ammo i keeps doing the same thing..any advice on a possible solution??

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    HAIRYHAIRY Member Posts: 23,606
    edited November -1
    Shooting an original Winchester M1 carbine but after 7 rounds, it ceased to fire. Examined the primers of the rounds that did not go off, and they had only a very light--just a touch--of mark where the firing pin hit. The firing pin "seems" to be okay (but I have not taken the bolt apart). Have ordered another pin but could there be another problem that I'm missing?

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    p3skykingp3skyking Member Posts: 25,750
    edited November -1
    Hairy,
    As long as the hammer is falling correctly and the bolt is in battery, the only other option is foreign matter in the bolt or a broken pin.

    Need to strip and clean the bolt.

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    nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hairy, I'd try to borrow another carbine & temporarily "swap out" the trigger group & bolt to see if you can pin down the problem to one of those.

    If the problem is in the bolt, I suggest that you pay a professional to look at it. It is difficult to re-assemble without a special tool.

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    RocklobsterRocklobster Member Posts: 7,060
    edited November -1
    What ammo are you using? Some of the ex-combloc ammo will have "hard" primers.
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    Laredo LeftyLaredo Lefty Member Posts: 13,451 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hairy... As already mentioned, it could be a broken firing pin.

    Another cause may be the ammo. If you are shooting reloaded ammo, the cases may be too long. When resizing carbine brass it stretches slightly, and if not trimmed to proper length it will cause the bolt to not quite close all the way into battery. When this happens, it will many times cause a light strike on the primer. Since this round headspaces on the front edge of the case this is very critical.

    If you are shooting new factory ammo, then I would guess its the firing pin.
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    richbugrichbug Member Posts: 3,650
    edited November -1
    I had the same problem with my Inland once. I had loaded the ammo to the correct OAL, but the shoulder of the bullet had a steeper angle and contacted the rifling to soon. It looked as though the bolt was in battery, but wasn't quite. Mark a couple bullets with a magic marker and see if the ink is disturbed when cycled through the action.

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    HAIRYHAIRY Member Posts: 23,606
    edited November -1
    Thanks, guys, for the valuable info. Since I don't have any spare parts for the carbine, I ordered them and they are enroute.

    The ammo was purchased recently (not old stock).

    As I mentioned, the first 7 rounds have a centered, sufficient hit on the primer; the next 3 have only a slight mark that let me know the pin hit--but VERY lightly. I suspect it is the firing pin but will find out.

    Thanks again.

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