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1885 22-250 wouldn't eject. A must read!!

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Freaked out!!! That's the best way to explain how I felt when I went to the range today and loaded a spent cartridge from the last session at the range due to a conversation with a very nice gentleman about reloading and pressure signs. He was explaining the bulge in the shell I noticed after firing. The expansion sue to heat/pressure and the shape of my chamber. Any way when I dropped the block to eject the spent cartridge and nothing!!! I was embarassed first of all because I'm sure he thought my gun was dirty, (not the case by any means) or so I thought. I tried to clear the shell with my rod but no luck. The gentleman I was speaking with earlier said to wedge a knife in there and pry it out!! REALLY!! This gun is like a child to me. I emediately left the gun range and drove 40 miles to the sharp shooter where I purchased the gun, shell still lodged and pissed since it was previously owned and they assured me of the condition, the owner having known the old owner. Any way they were able to clear the shell with a rod and a little more gusto than I was willing to apply previously. By this time the owner was involved who by the way is a Avid single shot shooter and claims to own nothing except single shot rifles. He asked to look at my shells, which I had. He and another reviewed and then went and got a "bore scope" I think that's what it's called. It is a metal tube with a magnifying eye piece that a light attaches to and you can see your barrel on a microscopic level. Now understand that if u were to look down my barrel it looks like freshly cleaned glass. I was WRONG! Looking through the scope I saw rust copper and god knows what else. And the same was the case for the breech. He used something, can't remember the name, that foamed and let it sit. Then polished the breech with a cotton tipped thing attached to a drill and some polishing compound on it. I was amazed at what came out of the breech and the barrel. The gun ejects fine now and I'm fairly certain it will shoot better next time I go to the range. I want y'all to know that I take pride in my guns and my ability to maintain my equipment. I learned a huge lesson today and just wanted to share with all because I believe everyone on this site is of like mind. I am 31 hrs old and want to give this gun to my son some day, so whoever says clean gun after season or not that often, IMHO, is wrong after seeing the rust and or copper that was infecting my barrel. I'm sure this is no news for the experienced guys but guys like me that strive to be at least proficient if not the best at what I do here you go. And any other advice is always appreciated
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A noticeable bulge in your case is not something to be ignored. I think that is a completely different issue from your dirty chamber. I may be missing something though. I think I would go by the gun shop again and see if they will check the headspace for you. They seem to be very helpful. If they have the gauges there it will save you some headache and cash. Good luck at the range. the stuck spent cartridge could be just the extra length after firing which could be normal. I don't know about 22-250 but I bet most of the brass flows to the front on firing and the spent cases would have to be trimmed.
We all strive to get 5 in a bug hole. As you shoot you will get better. If you have one flier per 5 shot group, it is probably you and I don't mean your shooting ability. You can put them down range. It may not be just one thing in your set up or your trigger pull or the place the rifle rests on the rest. To me it sounds like you will get a bug hole soon to hang on the wall.
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