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New rifle, trouble feeding.

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Soj1057, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    Hey guys, I had a question. I recently got a new AR. New like in the box new. I have never owned a brand new AR. I took it to the range today and shot it. It was having trouble feeding. What I mean is, it would fire, eject the round but the bolt would close home on an empty chamber. I swapped the bolt to my other AR it shot fine, I used a different bolt in the new rifle and same thing. It worked fine if I lubed the crap out of it, I could dump a whole magazine without any misfires, but if I put it down shot something else without lubing it....same result. Fire, eject, no new round in the chamber. Any ideas what this is? Is there some sort of break in period with new AR's I don't know about? Can I fix it myself or do I need to take it in/send it back. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated guys, thanks!
     
  2. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    could be several things - did you change the bolt or bolt and carrier?
     
  3. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    What make and model is the beast?
     
  4. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    I did not change it, until it starting having problems, it was the same result despite a different carrier.
     
  5. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    It is a Windham SRC
     
  6. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    AR's do not need break-in.

    it could be many things:

    heavy/wrong buffer spring and buffer that cause short stroke.

    misaligned gas tube that cause short stroke.

    out of spec lower and such.

    bring the gun to Curt's Discount Shooter's Supply, people said he knows about AR's and great customer service (no personal review).
     
  7. Das boot

    Das boot Washington New Member

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    Windham Weaponry has very good technical support, call them up or email them and they will take care of you.
     
  8. Hamundr

    Hamundr Portland, OR Member

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    What magazines were you using?
     
  9. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    I used the metal magazine 30 rounder that came with the rifle, tried 3 different Pmags and another Kay mag that is flawless on both of my other AR's
     
  10. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    As I was running through some quick fix type attempts I did feel like perhaps the Buffer spring felt pretty rigid, and the Buffer is heavier then my other rifles. But I always thought heavy buffers and stronger springs were better for your cycling.
     
  11. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    Im going to try them Monday. I know Windham may not be a top end AR manufacturer, but I have consistently heard good things about them and their quality. I can appreciate the story of their coming into play again after the Bushmaster restructure. I really want this rifle to work for me lol.