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.45 Mil Spec denting cases, help?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DonP, Dec 22, 2003.

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  1. DonP

    DonP Member

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    My Springfield Mil Spec .45 shoots just fine thank you.

    But now that I'm reloading I find that many, if not all the cases, have a fairly large dent in the side of the ejected brass.

    I'm assuming that the slide is "pinching" the case as it ejects.

    Any ideas on what is happening and how I might fix it with out shipping it off to Springfield? Or is this just something a manufacturer has to deal with?

    As always, any help is appreciated.

    Don P.
     
  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

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    Howdy Don,

    The slide isn't pinching the brass...It's hitting it. Look at the slide
    around the port for the "Brass Tracks". Put a little more tension
    on the extractor. Easy. Too much and you'll get failure to go to
    battery. You can also radius the bottom front corner of the hook just a little to change the angle of ejection some. Just a light radius is all you
    want. You can do it with a medium India stone, and polish it with
    some 400-grit wet or dry paper using the stone for a flat surface.
    Don't get carried away and shorten the hook unless it needs to be a little
    shorter. .032 is about right.

    Luck to ya!

    Tuner
     
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    Isn't the lowering and flaring of the ejection port also the "other" fix for this? The hitting of brass was one reason I didn't want to get a Mil-Spec... let us know how your adventures in extractor tension works!
     
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    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

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    Isn't the lowering and flaring of the ejection port also the "other" fix for this?

    If the dent is a "V" shaped dent on the mouth of the case, yep. If it's
    on the side, it's getting hit before it can exit the port. You can also
    play with the shape of the ejector a little to kick it out at a different angle.

    Good point, and thanks for mentioning it. In my haste, I forget sometimes.

    *yawwwwn* Got up too early ...

    Tuner
     
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