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    Check your rounds!

    I bought an LCP today to use for a BUG. Took it to the gun store range to loosen it up, and out of 50 rounds, I had 4 that would not chamber. I cleared and continued firing, making sure I wasn't limp-wristing or babying the trigger. After 50 rounds, 46 fired perfectly. the other 4 I attempted a few more times, but gave up. I packed up my gear and took the offending rounds to the range guy to let him know of the problem. (I wanted to make sure there wasn't a flaw with the gun). On all 4 rounds, the bullet was improperly seated in the cartridge.
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    This was just range ammo so I don't know if the quality control is less on them, but I would recommend that while the factories are working 3 shifts at maximum capacity to try and meet demands you would be well served to verify your ammo will chamber before trusting your life to it. The range guy suggested just field stripping your gun and dropping each round in to make sure it seats properly in the barrel. I agree and wanted to pass this along. Be safe!
    Chief

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  3. You don't say what brand and model ammo you were using? Are you sure it was not reloads sold by the range? I've seen others who had badly done reloads that wouldn't fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stantheman1976 View Post
    You don't say what brand and model ammo you were using? Are you sure it was not reloads sold by the range? I've seen others who had badly done reloads that wouldn't fire.
    My bad, it was Winchester white box. 95 grain FMJ flat point. I did send Winchester an e-mail about their quality control. We'll see if they respond. If they do I'll post it.

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    Check your rounds!

    Never had a problem with white box before. I'm surprised bullet seating was the issue. Most manufacturers leave about 5 hundredths of an inch from ogive to rifling, which is a ton. When I load bolt-action rifle ammo I leave 1-2 thousandths. With autos, usually I just leave enough to be able to fit the round in the mag and still have it feed reliably. I'm surprised Winchester's QC has gotten that lax.

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    I havent had problems with WWB. It's Remington UMC that gives me problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deserteagle View Post
    I havent had problems with WWB. It's Remington UMC that gives me problems
    +1. Usually UMC is pretty good to me too but every once in a while I'll get a box of nothing but jam-o-matics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcreek View Post
    Never had a problem with white box before. I'm surprised bullet seating was the issue. Most manufacturers leave about 5 hundredths of an inch from ogive to rifling, which is a ton. When I load bolt-action rifle ammo I leave 1-2 thousandths. With autos, usually I just leave enough to be able to fit the round in the mag and still have it feed reliably. I'm surprised Winchester's QC has gotten that lax.
    I haven't either, that's what prompted my post. Following the previous shot, the slide racked normally. It fed from the mag properly, but the slide stopped between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch from being fully chambered. A firm tap on the back of the slide would not seat it. Racking the slide the round ejected properly. I was tempted to borrow one of the range guns and check, but was running late for dinner.
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    Can't site facts, but the range guy said their quality control is all electronic. My theory is that if, for example, you check a box of ammo every hour but you are begin producing 2-3 times your regular capacity, your QC has dropped by 200-300%

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