Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:19 PM
What are you running for ammo?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:18 AM
Dot-trigger, dot-trigger. Works every time!
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:13 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:00 AM
I'm curious what others have done to make their Smith 41's jam free during speed shooting. I'm doing a lot of experimenting but I still get a couple of stovepipes during every Steel Challenge match.
I read somewhere that the 41's were designed to run on the CCI standard velocity. I buy the standard velocity just to shoot in the 41 and have not had any issues. I use a plastic chamber brush and a can of compressed air to keep clean. Not to much lube in the chamber area or it seems to collect crud (5w-20w synthetic oil on the rails). I bought some 12 round mags with the orange plastic followers. A friend that was having feeding issues had no more problems with the 12 rounders. Wolf sells 3 springs for the slide I use the lightest one and I also use a buffer. I have also used a small bullet shaped polish point with jewelers rouge to polish the feed ramp like a mirror.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:11 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:45 PM
Stovepipes? FTE? Not anymore.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:07 PM
Looked up on CCI site and they do still manufacture SGBs. I just haven't seen any in stores in this area for quite awhile.
Edited by Steve RA, 01 January 2013 - 05:56 PM.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:30 PM
Here are the things I've tried so far:
*Shoot only CCI standard velocity ammo.
*Scrub the gun clean before shooting.
*Oil the top bullet in each mag (suggestion from Clark's Custom Guns
*Switched to 6.5 pound mainspring.
None of these things have made a difference. I still have a stovepipe every 40 rounds or so.
A few questions:
*Horseman, are you using a buffer with the high-velocity ammo? That's the first time I've heard someone suggest mini-mags, though I'm willing to give it a try.
*Toothguy, what is the tool you used to polish the feed ramp? Did you have FTEs before you started doing this?
One thing I was considering was trying this barrel form Clarks that has no top strap over the ejection port.
I have noticed that one of the mags has more FTEs than the others, though it's not the only one that has had issues. Anything in particular I should look for on the magazines? Any advice on how to "tune" a magazine?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:01 PM
You might look at the extractor tension or try some of the orange follower 12 round mags. If you use high velocity ammo I would run a buffer and use a heavier spring. The polishing tip I used was a Dremel bullet shaped fabric wheel with fine polishing compound. Just polish the ramp be careful not to round the bottom chamber edge. The 41 chamber is tight to achieve high accuracy try shooting it without oil on the bullets, any build up will cause extraction issues. Also try to clean off excess waxy lube used on some .22 ammo.
Edited by toothguy, 31 December 2012 - 11:15 PM.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:36 AM
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:30 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:43 AM
Check the top of the slide & bottom of the barrel , it must be slick. on some gun-barrel combinations the fit is too tight and the slide drags on the bottom of the barrel.
The most common cause of a 41 jambing is the left thumb slowing the slide down. as the speed gets up the thumb drifts into the slide, but its so slick the shooter does not feel it.
CCI are the best choice. I run the min-mag when I want faster transitions = the extra bump pushes the gun into the next target.
I like the CCI standards for the 2" targets in the combo event.
one of my 41s has shot in at least 15 STC nat & 9 SC world events - so it has a few rounds on it.
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