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taurus tracker .357 tough eject question?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by repetereed, Mar 3, 2010.

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  1. repetereed

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    Hey fellas, got a question..... Let me start at the beginning. My father has a brand new taurus tracker titanium 6" barrel .357. I have a Ruger sp101 snubby. I reload my own ammo....Nothing hot or apast book max load. First time shooting my dads new pistol he put in lead 38 specials, shot great. Second time we put in some target grade nickel plated .357 reloads, they were hard to eject out of the cylinder on his pistol after firing. We cleaned the cylinders thinking it was from the 38 lead bullets. Tried it again and it did it again, but not all cylinders this time. We put in some heavier magnum rounds and they didn't do it at all. Just seemed to kind of come and go, sometime hard to get out sometimes easy, nickel always did it, but the brass was intermittent. The brass and nickel ejects fine out of my pistol. The target loads were 140 grain Speer HP with 7.1 gr of hp-38. The heavier loads where 158 grain hornady with 15 gr of h110. Do you guys have any ideas why it was hard to eject? Does it have something to do with the titanium, or maybe just tighter cylinder chambers? It was a sweet shooting pistol other than the brass not ejecting. Thanks in advance
     
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    Sometimes, after shooting a lot of .38 Spl. rounds, a ring of carbon/lead can build up behind the chamber shoulder. When you fire the longer .357s, the case mouth expands into this buildup and sticks. You may not notice any difficulty chambering them if you have a heavy roll crimp on the case mouth. Alternatively, the loads you're using may be a little "warm" for the revolver and excessive case expansion can make them stick.
     
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    One criticism of the 627 Tracker (from it's inception 10-12 years ago) was the ejector rod is too short. That, combined with the .38 brass swelling as Lone Haranguer wrote, can result in difficult ejections of spent cases.
    My Tracker is stainless and I give the ejector rod a good push (jab might be a better word for it). I'll still have to pick a few cases out occasionally.
    There's no easy work around for the short rod...and it's never bothered me enough to worry about it.
     
  4. repetereed

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    I was thinking the 38s too, but we only shot the 38's once, (1 in each chamber) before putting in the .357 and cleaned the cylinders. The ejector rod could be the problem, but we couldn't even get it to budge. After alot of pressure it would budge and the rounds would come out. Im thinking its definitely due to the expansion around the case mouth, but why is it happening in the taurus and not mine? and what would you recommend doing to aleviate it? Also I can see marks on my brass, kind of like a spiral around the brass from being in the taurus. When looking down the cylinder of the taurus I can see the same spiral marks. Glockman17366 does your tracker have the same machine marks?
     
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