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Spoon River Sam, SASS #33194L

case separation .44-40

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Hello the Wire,

Looking for some advice. During a match today I had a case separation in my Uberti 1873 rifle in .44-40 shooting Black MZ. (Starline Brass). Only the back half of the case came free, upper half (neck half) remains in the chamber. Do they make a case extraction tool for .44-40 or do you know of any other remedies ? I tried the old tight patch around the Jag trick with no luck. Appreciate any and all help.

Thank you in advance,

Spoon River Sam

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Had this happen to me with my 25.20, ended up ended up getting a drill tapper thing-a-ma-jig from the local Home Depot to screw into the brass, and pulled it out with pliers.

 

Shotgun Boogie has a tool for this, but only in 38 and 45.

 

I wonder if the 45 cal version would work if two opposing tabs where removed, thus allowing the two remaining tabs more flex to compress into the smaller 44.40 chamber.

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Using a brass rod or hardwood dowel, tap a lead bullet through the barrel from the muzzle end.

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Bore plugged with a cleaning patch or two immediately in front of chamber, then fill chamber and first half-inch of barrel with cerrosafe alloy (melts over boiling water).   Let cool and pound out the plug from muzzle end with a 3/8" brass rod.  Cerrosafe can be obtained from Brownells or Midway or Rotometals (where it's "sale priced" today).

 

Good luck, GJ

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Why the case separated - dirty brass, foul ate the metal:

Black MZ

*  Perchlorate - 22.77% - Oxidizing Salt :angry:

* Nitrate - 13.13%

* Chlorate - 12.17%   formed from the reaction of hypochlorous acid with chlorite .   :angry:

* Ascorbate - 3.05% ... Ascorbic Acid  :angry:

 

Edited by John Boy

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