Muzzel break blew off on the first shot!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Clayne B, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    Just got the 7mm back from the gun smith. Had him thread and install a muzzle break. First shot the thing blew off the front and went 115 yards! Looking at it there was no baffle strike and the bullet was on target. i think it was the blast that popped it off. the threads look like JUNK. How would you go about dealing with the gunsmith on this issue?

    Thank you

    Clayne_b
     
  2. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    WOW! Glad your OK. I think it's time for a new gunsmith.

    If it's a workmanship issue, he should fix it for free IMHO. Good luck!
     

  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Yikes! It almost sounds like he forgot to bore it out to clearance, but you said no internal damage? Only thing to do is take it back to him and show him the barrel and brake. I think they are supposed to have around .020" clearance?.......Rich
     
  4. 270shooter

    270shooter Active Member

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    Got any pictures Id like to see it
     
  5. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    In this picture I can slide the muzzel break on with out threading it on. just slips on down to here...

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    this is how far it slips on easily

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  6. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    The threads inside the brake look a lot better than the threads on the barrel! Is that thread locker on the barrel threads or rust? Could the braek possibly have been cross threaded on the barrel? They should spin on easily........Rich
     
  7. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    Its not rust, I do not know what it is. the threads are not cut very deep at all, and there are little steps, and it looks like it tapers...
     
  8. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I hate to ask and am not suggesting anything but do you know the gunsmith (reputation)?
     
  9. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    I do not know him. this is the first and last gun I have had him work on. I called a local class 3 dealer and asked who they suggested, thats how i got his number.
     
  10. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    That would definitely be a surprise! :D
     
  11. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    All I can say is those are some pretty ugly looking threads on the barrel. How much was caused by blowing it off and how much was beforehand is hard to tell. Did you ever have it off before you BLEW it off?
     
  12. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    I never took it off. got it from the "gun smith" and took it out and shot 1 shot threw it a few days after.
     
  13. shortpants

    shortpants Well-Known Member

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    If I were the smith I'd be extremely apologetic and hope for a chance to fix the issue myself for both of our sakes. I would want to know what happend and know how to fix it so it never happens again! If you were not comfortable with me doing any more work for you I would offer to pay for the smith of your choice to fix it. Any gunsmith or any business for that matter can and will make mistakes. The thing that separates them is how they handle it. Now in this case this is a mistake that just can't happen. It's unacceptable to put a customer at risk. Whether or not you give him the chance to make it right or not is up to you but either way he is responsible.
     
  14. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Sure looks like a screwed up threading job to me!......Rich