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Hi Everyone. I have an 1894 that only wants to feed Remington ammo without a hitch. The problem is that it is inaccurate with it. It shoots Hornady very well but it and every other ammo I try does not feed well. It seems to hang up on the bolt face. The shell angles up and into the chamber but does not come up to the bolt face smoothly. Remington ammo feeds like butter. Any ideas??
 

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Sounds like the bolt face is rough, and could use a little polishing, either that. or your ammunition is hanging on the upper chamber edge.

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Thanks for the reply! The bolt face hasn't bee polished but it isn't rough. The very back of the chamber has been lightly chamfered and polished. Any ideas why it would feed Remington ammo so smooth and hang up with others?
 

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Could be the crimp on the Remington ammo is radised a lot smoother, also if the bullitt profile on the remington ammo is more radised it would feed better.
Is there any marks on the cases that won't feed that might indicate that the cartridge is in a bind?
Also check and see if the cartridge nose shows any sign of contact with the chamber roof. Exposed lead could be draging.

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wiktor,
I also had some problems at first with my 1894SS,but then I read some of the forums and found a link that said one of the problems was with the extractor being to rough and sharp.
Have you noticed any deep gouges around the rim of any of your cartridges?
If so,you may need to polish the extractor so it doesn't bite into the softer brass cartridge.
I used some 220 and 400 grit paper too polish the sharp edges of the extractor on my new 1894SS and it now feeds quite good.

Try www.leverguns.com to find some links on tuning up your Marlin lever guns,as they have some real good articles on solving feeding problems and just slicking up the action.

Regards,Mman.....
 

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Thanks for the reply's! I do see some bite marks from the extractor but don't really see any other marks. Again thogh, the Remington ammo feeds REALLY well. Could the brass be that much different?
 

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one of the problems was with the extractor being to rough and sharp
Mine's got sharp edges like an arrowhead.

What do you do, just sand down the sharp edges so they're smooth?

I notice the extractor being displaced upwards by the cartridge towards the top of the receiver when the cartridge is at that upward angle from the carrier and is about to be pushed into the chamber. That's when the closing of the lever begins to stiffen up quite a lot. I can get the cartridge into the chamber, but have to muscle it a bit (I'm using Winchester ammo).

So just softening up the edges of the extractor is the ticket, eh?
 

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That is EXACTLY what mine is doing. Mine was also tuned by Coyote Cap. I would send it back but it sat there for months the last time it was there so I would rather fix it myself. Too bad the Remington ammo won't shoot in mine!
 
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My 1894S in 44 mag/spl has fed every thing I made up for it since it was new in 1998. I'm not sure it's ever had a factory round through it yet in mag but I did buy some reloads in spl for the cases. I use mainly Starline cases but have many RP, WW, and FC that work well also.

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My 1894SS is a 2002 Model, absolutely wonderful wood to metal fit but the action was tighter than a Scottish headmaster. I would take it out every couple weeks, and work to get a box of ammo thru it, it was pretty frustrating at first. But one night in front of the TV I sat and cycled the action over and over, and the next time out it was much better. Good lubrication also helped a lot, especially in very cold weather. After a year, it was slick enough that it will feed my handloads without much fuss, but there are some bullet profiles that it just plain doesn't like. A little polishing around the chamber mouth can also help with feeding problems. Once it slicks up, you'll be good for another 20 years or more. Enjoy.


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Don’t know about the 44's (but thinking of getting one). But having the same problem with my 30/30. The loading part that is. Had a box of Rem & Win. Checked the crimp on both. Sure enough, the Remingtons are smoother than the Winchesters. Also had some 110gr, Win cartridges a friend hand loaded for me to try. They were giving me all kinds of trouble chambering. Turns out they have a really sharp edge.

I’m wondering if I could just hand sand the crimps a little smoother ? Could it cause any other problems ???
 

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If anything, I'd check the crimps. If they're handloads, you need to crimp more. If not, it sounds like some bad factory ammo, the 30-30 NEEDS a good crimp. Sanding the crimps sounds unnecessary, unless you're belling the case mouths too much. Sorry for the quick answer, I was due for sleep an hour ago!

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papajohn said:
My 1894SS is a 2002 Model, absolutely wonderful wood to metal fit but the action was tighter than a Scottish headmaster. I would take it out every couple weeks, and work to get a box of ammo thru it, it was pretty frustrating at first. But one night in front of the TV I sat and cycled the action over and over, and the next time out it was much better. Good lubrication also helped a lot, especially in very cold weather. After a year, it was slick enough that it will feed my handloads without much fuss, but there are some bullet profiles that it just plain doesn't like. A little polishing around the chamber mouth can also help with feeding problems. Once it slicks up, you'll be good for another 20 years or more. Enjoy.


Papajohn
Hey PapaJohn,

How do you polish around the chamber mouth. How do you reach there?

Thanks,
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I used a Dremel with a polishing bit, VERY low rpm's, just enough to break the sharp edge of the chamber, no bevelling, just a very minor change. You could do the same with a small, very fine, rat-tail file. But as with all things, make haste slowly. Too much metal removed, and you've ruined it. But it made a huge difference.

Another thing to consider is the way you work the lever, it needs to be fast, so the carrier can "throw" the bullet up to the chamber opening. Work it slowly, and the round will catch the edge of the chamber every time. Do it fast, and it's slicker than snot on a doorknob. Took me longer than I care to admit to figger that out! :roll:

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Thanks PJ,

I took care of it last night. Used dremel to grind a bit of metal off the corner/edge. Feeds so sweetly now :D

Cheers,
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Like, OhMiGod, Mad, you mean something I recommended actually worked for someone else? This may be a first! 8)

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papajohn said:
Like, OhMiGod, Mad, you mean something I recommended actually worked for someone else? This may be a first! 8)

PJ
:lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Please don't tell anyone that a simple fix helped. The ACLU would probably file suit because we didn't consult the "Handicapped", or a Union Member, or a Socialist, or SOMETHING! :wink:

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papajohn said:
Please don't tell anyone that a simple fix helped. The ACLU would probably file suit because we didn't consult the "Handicapped", or a Union Member, or a Socialist, or SOMETHING! :wink:

PJ
Too bad for them fellas, ain't it ;-)

Cheers,
Mad
 
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