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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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.45 ACP stove-pipe (why?).

Okay so I am reloading for my SA Range Officer .45 ACP and have the following issue.
On the first round fired the spent case is going to stove-pipe in the ejection port about 80% of the time. However, once the stoppage is cleared the gun functions flawlessly and I am thinking that maybe I need to increase my powder charge?
Suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.

Gun: Springfield Armory Range Officer 5" bbl.
Brass: mixed Winchester / Browning / Law Man / Remington......
Primer: CCI 300
Bullet: 185 gr JHP
Powder: 5.4 gr Universal.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 09:26 AM
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First make sure you have a firm grip, I have found that is the leading reason for stove pipes. Also depending on spring tension, if the mag spring is new or the recoil spring is new. They might just need to be broken in. Also your powder charge is to light per Hodgons reloading website. Per them low is 6.0 grains. High or max is 6.4 of universal, just an fyi

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Yep, I have found many times stove piping is cause by rag arming the gun. Keep your wrist locked and you just may fix your problem.

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Thanks guys for the help.
Gonna' increase the Universal charge to 6.2 gr and get a tighter grip on the gun.

Come to think of it - I had an accuracy issue with my Glock 43 9mm and it was corrected by getting a firmer grip on the firearm. Also I had to add a palm swell to the grip by adding some padding and covering it with cloth backed tape.

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