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Browning Buckmark issues

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mgmorden, May 12, 2018.

  1. mgmorden

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    Hey guys. Just checking in on something. I recently got a new Browning Buckmark Camper. I immediately took it out to the range and out of the box I was having a LOT of light strikes. Like 1-2 per magazine. Looked online, and a lot of people have had similar problems due to firing pin problems.

    In an attempt to fix it, I got a TandemKross Fire Starter Titanium firing pin for the gun. This has helped quite a bit, but out of 100 rounds I still got 4 light strikes.

    This is with Federal Auto-match ammo which I've always had good luck with. Is that rate (~4%) about what to expect or is something still wrong here?
     
  2. Panzerschwein

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    Try a different brand. .22 autoloader are often a bit finicky and prefer this or that load. Test some CCI 40 grain mini mags, those are considered by many a gold standard of reliable .22 ammo that oft run great in many .22s.
     
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    If you have some of the box of ammo left, and another semI auto 22 (preferably pistol) see if you get the same failure rate.
     
  4. Old Shooter

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    If it has the same misfire rate with CCI Mini Mags I'd suspect a handgun problem. You probably did but I'll ask, did you do a good cleaning and lube prior to shooting the gun or when you put in the new firing pin? The Buckmark I had ran just fine on many different brands of ammo, no jams, misfires or problems of any sort.
     
  5. gb6491

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    Any chance that the barrel retaining screw is not snugged down?
     
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    I also have a new Buck Mark, a Black Label. It ran fine on CCI 36 gr. and some Federal 36 gr. bulk ammo until it got a little dirty. I found in some of my research that failures are more common when the Buck Mark gets a little dirty. And it looks like mine will need to be cleaned after about 150-200 rds. There is a good Buck Mark forum I found at http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17. Good luck with the Buck Mark!
     
  7. Lakeshore

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    "Any chance that the barrel retaining screw is not snugged down?"

    That and also check to make sure the two sight base screws are snugged down as well. I was having the exact same light strike issue with my Buckmark, discovered it was due to those screws (especially the rear one) working loose during range sessions. Now I keep a 3/32" allen wrench handy when shooting and I replace both #8 external tooth countersunk lock washers each time I disassemble the gun for cleaning. Good luck.
     
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    ...also, make sure the channel the firing pin rides in is clean and free of burrs.
     
  9. mgmorden

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I haven't given the gun a thorough cleaning yet (TBH I usually don't clean new guns I wait until a few range sessions and then clean them).

    The sight bar screws were definitely snugged down pretty tight however I didn't check the barrel retaining screw. I'll give those a shot as well as try some more ammo types and see how they perform.
     
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    In the boxes of Automatch I've used, 5% seems to be the amount of misfires I get in just about every gun I've tried them in.
     
  11. Speedo66

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    My range has a small pail for bad ammo, .22's seem to be the most represented.

    Being the cheap SOB I am, I tend to try my non working .22's again by rotating them 180 degrees and firing them a second time. Probably about a 90% success ratio.
     
  12. 98bluewave
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    The first time I shot my new Buck Mark I put 100 rds. of CCI 36 gr. through it and did not have any failures. It had not been cleaned at all. Before I shot it again I cleaned the barrel with a bore snake and cleaned the chamber, I did not remove the barrel or receiver. The next time I shot it I shot about 200 rds. of Federal 36 gr. from a box of 500 and had several failures.

    Before I shot it the next time I removed the receiver and cleaned it and the barrel thoroughly. And I had no failures with the Federal or CCI rds. the last time I shot it.
     
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