tell that to Springfield lol.
I am in the bad ammo camp. Did the headspace change between shooting the Federal and the first box of HSM, I rather doubt it. The HSM is not the greatest ammo out there but they have been in business since 68 so if they were that bad I wouldnt think they would still be in business.Today I shot 40 rounds (2 boxes of HSM 30-06 Springfield 180 gr ammo) with my old sporting Mauser (Gew 98 with K98 bolt and Remington RA 2-44 barrel). I recently purchase the rifle through this forum and the deal included few boxes of 30-06 factory ammo including 2 boxes of HSM brand. Last week I shot 40 rounds of Federal 180 gr and the rifle was performing great, smooth action and accurate. However, I had a serious problem today with the HSM ammo. The first box of 20 rounds was all smooth and everything was perfect. However, when I started using the second box of the same ammo, about every 3rd shot was not correct. When I pulled the trigger, I could hear "click" and then the rifle fired (delayed action). The shots were accurate, but I could feel much more recoil and it just did not feel right. However, being kind of risk taker (I am adrenaline junky), I kept shooting until I finished all the rounds. The last shot was the creasiest. It was delayed and the primer was blown, and the rifle felt it was going to disintegrate. I had to pull the bolt really hard to eject the last shell. Here I posted some pictures of the cartridges including the one that had its primer blown. My question is simple. Is this 100% ammo related (I asked 3 people so far and all 3 said it is ammo issue), or could it be rifle related (firing pin issue)? I still have few 30-06 ammo boxes, various brands. I am concened to shoot the rifle if the problem is firing pin related. I can easily buy another firing pin and spring and replace them. Any advice would be highly appreciated.
I won't definitely shoot that last box of HSM. I will give it for free if anyone wants them. Of course I will disclose the issue and warn the person about potential problem.I've never seen nor heard of loose headspace causing hangfires. I've had plenty of hangfires over the years, but only in old surplus ammo. In my understanding hangfires are caused by weak primers or deteriorating powder, or possibly damp powder?
In any case, your photos in post #23, the top two, who very nice looking ammo that to my trained eye don't appear reloaded, damaged, or deteriorated in any way.
If it were me, and I didn't reload, I'd contact HSM just as you said, and if they were no help, I'd just give them to someone who did reload. I see no point in tossing good components. Pull the bullets, toss the powder, and load them back up with a proper charge, and you're in business.
Original non-modified German and Yugoslavian Mausers are 7.92mm (here in the US we call it 8mm). However, after WW2 many of these German Mausers were imported to the US and converted for hunting and were called SPORTING Mausers (calling a rifle sporting is silly in my opinion). Mine is one of them. Mine has German Mauser Gew 98 Receiver, K98 bolt, magazine and trigger assembly, and Remington RA-2-44 barrel (in 30-06 Springfield). From my research about these sporting Mausers, the reason they were converted was that 8mm ammo was not common in the US, so they were converted to accommodate common North American calibers (mostly 30-06 and .270, but I saw online other calibers as well). I do not know how familiar are you with old German Mausers, but their design is genius. They are super easy to disassembly and barely ever need any cleaning. I am convinced that few hundreds years from now, most of them will still be functional.
Also worth noting there are two different kinds of 8mm that will fit a 8mm chamber.
Yup, the rest of the world by in large now doesn't know (or remember) what they are missing.I absolutely love this forum. For me, this forum is a source of knowledge. I grew-up around firearms (mostly Yugo and German Mausers and Yugo SKSs), but after moving to the US in 1999, I could not legally own guns while on student visas (first 15 years of my stay in the US). Finally when I received my green card, I was able to legally buy firearms. The hardest part for me was to learn all the calibers on the market, and certain technical terms. This forum helped me to get into the game. So, I thanks all the members for the help. There is so much to learn and just this post gave me a lot of information. Sometime, hassle and troubleshooting are the best way to learn.