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Ruger Carbine .44 ejector

BikerBobBikerBob Member Posts: 2,748 ✭✭✭
edited March 2019 in Ask the Experts
Picked up a Ruger Carbine .44 Mag since I can use straight walled pistol cartridges for deer now. Got it sighted in, used it in hunting season.

Loaded some rounds at the low end charge per Lyman book. Didn?t seem strong enough to cycle the spent case.
Went to mid point charge today, same symptom. Cleaned and re-oiled action put in factory ammo. Still not cycling spent cartridges.

Time for a new ejector? Or do these have other issues I should check?


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    TRAP55TRAP55 Member Posts: 8,270 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Gas operated auto loaders can be real picky about chamber pressure and cycling. Working pressure for factory 44mag ammo is 36,000 PSI (40,000 CUP). It's frustrating to work up an accurate bullet/powder load, and not have enough chamber pressure to fully cycle the action. Too much and it beats up the action.
    The gas system has to be free of carbon build up too, make sure the piston and port is clean.
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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    A slick chamber can help. Powder choice can make a difference. Unique full tilt loads will be different than say a full tilt load of 2400. Bullet weight can make a difference 240's instead of 180's.

    I don't remember if they have a gas tube, if it does lead bullets might have plugged it up some.

    +1 for clean and lubed the entire gun.

    Ejector is unlikely the issue same for the extractor.
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    HangfireHangfire Member Posts: 3,010 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    When you cleaned it, did you also clean the gas port ?-may be fouled, or clogged-someone may have shot lead bullets through it.... Also, like Trap said, be sure the piston is free moving, and don't lube it- the heat generated would incinerate anything there, and create a carbonized sludge....

    If yours has a piston plug set-screw, here's the adjustment procedure..

    "To reset the piston plug set screw: with the action closed, screw in until you see the slide handle move. Then back off 1/8 of a turn. This is only needed if you experience problems such as feeding or jamming, anything that may be caused by the gas being regulated"

    I owned one through most of the 60's..Classic little carbine!! I played around loading for it ,but full power loads were the only reliable ones-I stuck with Remington's 240 gr. factory ammo..
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    MIKE WISKEYMIKE WISKEY Member, Moderator Posts: 9,972 ******
    edited November -1
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    3xtra3xtra Member Posts: 7
    edited November -1
    Take the stock off,on the old Carbines there was a gas adjustment block.
    Mine didn't eject either then I looked at a manual on the Ruger website
    and found instructions how to adjust it.

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    pip5255pip5255 Member Posts: 1,630 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    check your gas port and clean and/or adjust as needed, I prefer my 44 mags loaded at a max load for better function.
    just because you could doesn't mean you should
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