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Unread 12-18-2013, 06:46 PM
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Issue with short stroking

My AR-15 recently started short stroking. I've been using just the carbine upper on the rifle lower that I built for a 6.5 Grendel that I've ordered.

Could this be the cause of the short stroking?

I'm working on developing an accurate hand load for this and I really think using this lower gives me a more solid base to shoot from than the collapsable stock that that goes with that upper. If the A2 buffer is the culprit, is it ok to still shoot it that way temporarily? I'm ok with checking that a round chambered between each shot while doing load development as long as it is safe and won't damage anything.

Once I get the load worked out (and I think I'm close), I'll be putting my 4x scope and carbine lower back on it.

Also, if it makes a difference, most accurate load so far has been the lightest load I've made so my future tests will be even lighter loads. (Short stroking has been happening with two different brands of factory ammo along with my hand loads.)
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    Re: Issue with short stroking

    Yes, you're most likely short stroking, because with the carbine gas system, you probably don't have enough juice to move your rifle length buffer and spring all the way to the rear of your tube.

    It won't cause any damage, It's just a hassle.
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    Unread 12-19-2013, 12:54 AM
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    Re: Issue with short stroking

    I don't mind dealing with the hassle temporarily as long as it's safe. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a chance to go shoot using my carbine stock and see if there are any problems.
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    Re: Issue with short stroking

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    I don't mind dealing with the hassle temporarily as long as it's safe. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a chance to go shoot using my carbine stock and see if there are any problems.
    It's not safe in my opinion! The ar family of weapons operates with a "floating firing pin" you need to run the correct spring and buffer for your barrel length and stock. If your not generating enough force to close the bolt, you run the risk of an " out of battery explosion". By, by rifle. Not to mention the fact that your doing load work ups with one spring and buffer that is generating one pis speed and then switch back to the other spring and buffer generating another IPA speed, that's not good and will most likely make all for load work up for s--t!
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    It's not safe in my opinion! The ar family of weapons operates with a "floating firing pin" you need to run the correct spring and buffer for your barrel length and stock. If your not generating enough force to close the bolt, you run the risk of an " out of battery explosion". By, by rifle. Not to mention the fact that your doing load work ups with one spring and buffer that is generating one pis speed and then switch back to the other spring and buffer generating another IPA speed, that's not good and will most likely make all for load work up for s--t!
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    Yep, you are risking your pipe here, bad cycling is to be avoided in floating firing pin rifles. I don't see the load changing much with the ar's lockup but why risk crappy cycling and the possibility of either bad load development or a damaged rifle??
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    Unread 12-23-2013, 10:33 AM
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    Re: Issue with short stroking

    Get a Bob Sled and work up your loads in single shot fashion. If you are short-stroking, generally the bolt isn't picking up the next round and there isn't really a safety concern other than stove-piping and jacking up your rounds. You could swap out the carbine buffer spring (NOT the buffer itself) and see if that allows the full cycle. Don't switch out the buffers as the carrier key will impact the receiver rather than the buffer taking up the rear impact.
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    Re: Issue with short stroking

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    My AR-15 recently started short stroking. I've been using just the carbine upper on the rifle lower that I built for a 6.5 Grendel that I've ordered.

    Could this be the cause of the short stroking?

    I'm working on developing an accurate hand load for this and I really think using this lower gives me a more solid base to shoot from than the collapsable stock that that goes with that upper. If the A2 buffer is the culprit, is it ok to still shoot it that way temporarily? I'm ok with checking that a round chambered between each shot while doing load development as long as it is safe and won't damage anything.

    Once I get the load worked out (and I think I'm close), I'll be putting my 4x scope and carbine lower back on it.

    Also, if it makes a difference, most accurate load so far has been the lightest load I've made so my future tests will be even lighter loads. (Short stroking has been happening with two different brands of factory ammo along with my hand loads.)

    Shouldnt really make a diffrence with DGI gas system. Try the Carbine buffer and see if it cycles better. Less gas pressure from 5.56 than 6.5.
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