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Old 08-11-2011, 05:37 AM
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O/U Ejector vs Extractor


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I have very limited experience with O/U firearms. I'm looking for an explanation of the differences between ejectors and extractors.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:20 AM
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Extractors will just raise a fired case out of the chamber far enough for you to grab it. Ejectors are spring loaded, and will fling the empty case out and over your shoulder, leaving the chambers empty. Are a much more complicated system, as they "know" if the round has been fired or not (they act as extractors when opening the gun with unfired rounds, the spring loaded ejector system only works on fired rounds).

Working right, are great things... when they start acting up (ejecting too early and having the case ding into the reciever is most common with old guns) are a real pain in the rump to get working right.

Certainly are faster
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:43 AM
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Thanks very much. That's kind of what I was thinking, but I wanted confirmation. Appreciate it.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:49 PM
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My ARMI SABATTI has extractors, my buddy's BAIKAL has the ejectors, it took me a whole box of shells before I got the hang of twisting his gun around so the shells wouldn't smack me in the face when I opened the action! maybe it's just the way I hold the gun when I crack it open? theoretically the ejectors should be faster?, but when we flush birds he doesn't get any more shots off than I do! plus with my shells in my hand I don't have to go back and pick them up, I just drop them in my vest pocket.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:07 PM
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While I have tried to get friendly with O/U, its SXS's that do "it" for me. But they both come with the same choices in extractor/ejector...single trigger/single selective trigger/doube triggers.

Usually ejectors sail the empties over my shoulder and about 8 feet behind me (good ones will land all the empties in a spot about a yard across if I'm standing still and shooting in the same direction).

I've come to prefer extractors (mostly becasue after two shots, I've either killed game or am so disgusted with myself that I feel no need to hurry) and double triggers (I like to control which barrel shoots first).

A lot of that is just because its what I am use to...shotgunning is more or less instinctive, and its real hard to avoid falling back into well learned patters. If there is no pattern to fall back into, then perhaps ejectors and single triggers would be better...but its pretty much too late for this old dog.
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