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Old 05-02-2011, 07:30 PM
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Educate me on Extractors

I'm in the middle of trying to put together my first custom rifle, it will be a very high pressure chambering and a field gun used for hunting in several terrains and temperatures.

This has me thinking about extractors. What is the strongest (safest) extractor to use in a high pressure chambering? And is it also the most reliable under field conditions?


As far as custom actions go, is there usually a choice of extractor type?
Have makers generally agreed on the "industry standard" extractor, and all generally use the same type?
Or will the choice of extractor possibly mean having to choose one action maker over another?
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:18 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

Most custom rifle makers use some (make) of a Sako extractor, not necessarily sako but the sako style and they are effective and reliable.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:39 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

When it comes to safety Sako extractors are dead last. A minor primer piercing can blow a Sako extractor out and down the bolt lug raceway, headed right toward your face, or shoulder. The only place a Sako extractor is safe is in a Sako, a right bolt left port, left bolt right port or Lawton action. In the Lawton it is captive in the bolt lug so the only way for it to get out is for the receiver ring to open up, then you got a lot more to worry about than just the extractor coming your way.


The safest would be a Remington.

James
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:02 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

Load rounds deep in the lands or hot enough for the bolt to stick and see if your remington extractor doesn't slip off the case head, then you can have fun getting the live round or spent case out of the chamber. You shouldn't be loading hot enough or cases with loose enough primer pockets to blow the primers out anyway. Good luck.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:21 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

I am more partial to the controlled feed / Mauser style extractor found in pre 64 and the newest winchester M70s as well as ruger M77s.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

After the mauser claw type extractor I really like the pinned M16 style extractor.

Works well like the Sako but much safer. The best I've seen is on the Competitive Edge bolts. Puts it in the 3 O'clock position inside the lug.

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Old 05-04-2011, 09:43 PM
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Re: Educate me on Extractors

Seems like a fairly divided issue.
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