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Hakim Problem

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Domino, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Domino

    Domino Well-Known Member

    I took out my dad's Hakim today and ran into problems. More powerfull ammunition would tend to expand greatly in the chamber and cause extraction failures, which leads my dad to believe that it is a headspace problem. He believes that the use of old surplus 8mm that fired fine and functioned when he first got the Hakim was the culprit. He noticed that firing the same ammunition in a mauser would nearly make it inoperable due to the high pressures, and he thinks that ammunition might have damaged the Hakim after about 200 rounds or so. My question is how can I check the headspace and what kind of gauge do I need? Do these symptoms point to a headspace problem or something else, and how can I fix it? This was my first time shooting the gun and I actually really liked it. It is powerful, extremely loud, and quite accurate (some groups were under 1" at 80 yards) so I would like to make it a good shooter. Any advice would most certainly be appreciated.
  2. tommyt

    tommyt Well-Known Member

    Try to find a load that might not be so "hot". I have had this problem with other rifles but usually with bolt actions where it is easier to get the round out.
  3. Domino

    Domino Well-Known Member

    I tried some Yugo and handloads which were considerably lighter in power. The Yugo would function pretty well but after 4-5 shots it would jam just like to more powerful stuff, but not as bad. I guess the gun is probably ruined or would require some sort of Ljungman armourer or something. Thanks for your reply Tom!
  4. tommyt

    tommyt Well-Known Member

    Is there a gas adjustment on that rifle?
  5. tommyt

    tommyt Well-Known Member

  6. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Does the case extract OK when you work the bolt, or is it frozen in the chamber? If the case is only partly extracted, and can be easily extracted by hand, try turning the gas up a notch.

    But if the case is sticking in the chamber, it may be due to a dirty or rusty chamber, especially if the gun was fired with corrosive primed ammo and not cleaned properly. If that is the case, you might be able to remedy the problem by a thorough cleaning. If that doesn't work, try using 600 grit emery paper in a split wood dowel to polish the chamber. Use a electric drill on low speed for only a couple of seconds; don't get carried away.


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