hornady factory ammo sticky when ejecting with bolt

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Wildhog, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Wildhog

    Wildhog Well-Known Member

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    I bought 2 boxes of hornady custom 270 for my wifes gun. I shot 6 rounds to adjust scope. Cases were sticky when ejecting and 1 case didnt eject stayed in chamber. Cases looked fine as no pressure signs. Is this a safety issue? Should I contact Hornady? Any advice would be appreciated. THANKS
     
  2. cfvickers

    cfvickers Well-Known Member

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    Hornady QA has been suspect lately if you ask me. I have a box of superformance ammo that seems as though thye forgot to prime the primer. With the five I could get to go off, they were fired across a chrony and ES was 250FPS and the fastest was a 25-06 117SST doing 3380! I had 2 of those, I decided to just send them back.
     

  3. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    When this happened did you shoot another manufacturer's ammo w/o issue? Assuming it's just the Hornady custom ammo IMHO I wouldn't have shot more than 2 or 3 and contacted Hornady. Have you emailed or spoke with them?
     
  4. Wildhog

    Wildhog Well-Known Member

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    Chas1 thanks for your reply. Saturday Aug 14 I shot 5 remington 130 gr accutips to adjust scope. {our deer season opens on Aug 15} Had no problems with this ammo. This is the ammo normally shot from this gun. I just thought I would try the hornady 130 gr sst.I looked on the box for a ph # all that was on there was a email adress. I will be emailing them today. Thanks for your reply
     
  5. ralfus

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    Since you have fired other ammo without trouble definitely contact Hornady. If the Hornady had been the only ammo fired I would have suggested checking the chamber for rust. I helped a fellow with a rifle last year that looked to be in perfect condition on the outside but he had failed to oil the bore and chamber prior to storage and just enough rust was in the chamber to grab the case. Solution was to clean the chamber with steel wool wrapped on a large bore brush, attached to a segment of cleaning rod, chucked in a hand held drill. Making sure that nothing touches the stock or other parts, spin the wool in the chamber for 30 seconds and it should polish anything out. then blow out with air, clean and very lightly oil.
     
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  6. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't mind sharing with the rest of us, it would be interesting to hear what Hornady has to say...if they respond.
     
  7. Wildhog

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    Chas1 sorry for the late reply computer has been down. I got hornadys ph # off the web site and called them. I explained what happened and told them I had fired 6 remington accutips after i had fired there ammo and the accutips performed flawlessly. They said to put the ammo in box and tape the box up.They said ups would pick it up and would have a tag furnished by hornady to put on box for shipping. When I ask what they were going to do with ammo they said they were going to test it and they would get back with me later. They took my ph # and email address. nothing was said about a refund.
     
  8. Chas1

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    Wildhog, have you heard anything back from Hornady?
     
  9. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    This happened to a friend of mine in his 308 and 243 both where sticky and hard to eject. would like to here the out come of this as well.
     
  10. Wildhog

    Wildhog Well-Known Member

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    It was 3 wks yesterday that hornady emailed me and said they were going to test the ammo I sent back. I hadnt heard from them so I emailed them and ask what was going on. Today I recieved a phone call. They said they suspected the problem was case associated. But they went a head and pressure checked the ammo and it was ok. So next they ck the cases. They said when the ammo is fired and the case expands to the size of the chamber its supose to shrink .001" to allow the case to be ejected. The cases are not shrinking after cooling therfore they are sticking when you try to eject. He said this was a on going problem with custom line of ammo and they are workin on it. They are sending me 2 boxes of superformance GMX 270 win and said the brass was of better quality and this problem shouldnt re occur. The custom ammo is there lowest line of ammo they make and uses cheaper brass than the other lines. If anyone else is having the same problem contact hornady they are slow but they should replace your ammo.
     
  11. Chas1

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    You'd think that Hornady knowing this is an ongoing problem would have pulled all said ammo off the shelves and posted such on their website...ala a recall. I also think they calling it custom is misleading. Glad to atleast hear you were made whole.
     
  12. newhornet

    newhornet Well-Known Member

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    I am having the same issues with Hornady NEW unfired cases in 6.5 x 284 after reloading.....No pressure problems and actually dropped the charge by over 20% and the cases are still sticking in the chamber. I have also e-mailed them yesterday and have not had a response yet!