Can a tight fit cause a slam fire?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Troutslayer, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Troutslayer

    Troutslayer Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2005
    I resized a bunch of brass and didn't bump the shoulder back quite far enough. They still chamber, but with a little work. I am getting great accuracy with them, probably in part to the glove like fit. Anyway, say I had one that wouldn't chamber, and I was really forcing it, if the primer wasn't as far below flush as it should be, could this cause a slam fire, possibly with the bolt only half closed?? Just a thought. I'm not like beating on the bolt to get it to close or anything, just using a little bit of elbow grease on one here and there. Your thoughts?
  2. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    Slam fires normally end up with someone picking metal out of their head and face!

    I would resize them again. Sounds like you have a combination of factors that could make the "perfect storm". ie primers seated shallow and shoulders too far forward.

    Add a firing pin extruding too much and disaster.

    If the gun fires without the bolt locked, the bolt WILL come back and exit the action a high rate of speed. in 94' we had a guy do that and took a bolt thru his shoulder at a 1k match.