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Offline mleaming

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Reloads fail to feed
« on: September 24, 2012, 03:59:40 PM »
I just loaded 50 rounds of Hornady XTP .45 Cal 230 Grain using No. 7 powder.  I brought them to the range today to shoot in my Sig Scorpian 1911.  First round in a mag would chamber and fire fine, second round would chamber but the slide wouldn't close fully.  I'd drop the mag, clear the round, put the round back in the mag, put mag back in the Sig, rack the slide and fire.  Again the next round would chamber but the slide wouldn't close completely.  I checked the OAL on the rounds and they were solid at 1.25, so not too long.  I had just shot 80 rounds of 230 grain BVA reloads without an issue.  Any ideas?   >:(

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012, 08:14:37 PM »
i had the same problem i shoot a 45 win. mag and loaded the same bullets and had the same problem i found out that the bullets sholder hangs up and will not go into the barrel, what i did to solve the problem is to seat the bullet farther down into the case if you remove the barrel and place the shell in it you will see how much shorter it must be to fit into the chamber.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2012, 08:21:31 PM »
I'd check your OAL again.  For my 45ACP, I'm usually loading to about 1.20 or 1.22.  While that seems very short, that's the recommend OAL for the powder I use, Titegroup.  Another thing, is to make sure your crimp is tight enough.  As mentioned above, it could snag on the shoulder a little bit.

You can probably test it out on like 2-3 rounds just to see if it will fit.  You don't necessarily have to go to the range.  What I do, with finger off the trigger, is pull the slide and let it slam back.  The round should load and the slide lock forward.  If it doesn't, pull the slide back so it ejects the round and let the slide slam forward again, loading the next round.  See if it loads again.  Make adjustments and repeat.

But with anything, make sure your firearm is pointed in a safe direction in case you get a slam fire.  I always do mine in the basement in my cold storage room with ear plugs.

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012, 09:24:25 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll try reducing the OAL and see how that works.

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 10:02:35 AM »
My brother in law had the same issue with his scorpion 1911. Although he wasn't shooting reloaded rounds and it would only happen every few rounds. He was shooting Remington 230gr hollow points straight out of the box. Any ideas? Does he need to just break it in first? Or has other people had the same issue with sig other than us?

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 10:13:26 PM »
Reduced OAL to 1.23 and still had issue. My Kimber feeds fine on the rounds.  So I'm going to try a little hotter load and see if I get a change as this batch was on the light side

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 12:25:29 PM »
Hmmmm.  I don't know what to say.  You could always give them to me and I can shoot them for you. :)

OAL had always been the solution for me.

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 01:06:53 PM »
like i said before take your gun apart drop a factory load in the chamber to see where it sits then drop in your reload and see how much higher it sits then seat it so it sits in the same place you may need to go a lot deaper i think i went about .040 shorter on mine

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 05:51:25 AM »
what you can aslo try is to pick up a case gage and check your cases sometime when you size them like with rcbs dies it creates a small bulge at the rim so the shell will not chamber, lee makes a bulge buster die and kit that will fix the bulge on the cases you can even put a loaded bullet through it i have not had this problem with my 45's but i have with my 40's the chamber in my px4 is so tight i have to use the bulge buster die on about half of my reloads.

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 09:24:09 AM »
I did as 45mag suggested and disassembled my Sig and set put a factory load in the chamber then one of my reloads and yes, the reload didn't seat the way the factory reload did.  So in spite of the fact that my reloads worked in my other .45s I did reduce the OAL by .02 and that did the trick thanks 45mag for the suggestion. 

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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2012, 04:41:12 PM »
So what was your final OAL?   I think many loading manuals are 1.20

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2013, 01:28:42 PM »
Final was 1.22

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Re: Reloads fail to feed
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 03:01:09 PM »
My Les Baer has a very tight chamber, so I've found that if I don't run my reloads through a Lee Factory Crimp Die they will occasionally have a tough time chambering reliably. The Lee FCDs are cheap insurance...
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