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Old 02-14-2013, 11:08 AM
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338 Lapua case head separation

I just had a case head separation with my Savage FCP 338. The head of the case ejected the case body is stuck in the chamber. What's involved to get it out?
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:28 AM
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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

In most cases, when that happens, the remaining part of the case is not that hard to get out. They can usually be removed with an over-sized bore brush on a rod. With this being a 338 LM, I'm not sure that will work. If not, they make a "Broken Shell Extractor" which is inserted into the case and expanded. The grippers on the tool then pulls the broken case out.

The next questions are what caused it and how do you prevent it from happening again?

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:50 PM
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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

I have removed them by chambering another fired piece of brass. Lightly push it forward and it will slid inside the case left in there. Then simply pull it back out removing both cases. Start with light pressure going forward, increase pressure a little if it does not come out with a easy forward push.

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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

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I have removed them by chambering another fired piece of brass. Lightly push it forward and it will slid inside the case left in there. Then simply pull it back out removing both cases. Start with light pressure going forward, increase pressure a little if it does not come out with a easy forward push.

Jeff

Thats how we get them out of the M2HB's most the time. if it doesnt work with a few tries we will use the tool. but 75% the time it will get it on the second try.
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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a try!
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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

On a 338 LM case I would use a new 20 gauge brush.
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Re: 338 Lapua case head separation

I've never had this happen but now I know what can be done about it.
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