I have a Savage 11 .223 with which I have been having extraction problems. Fully half the time, brass will not extract from the chamber but will be left loose laying in the action. The extractor consists of a part that grabs the rim of the cartridge with a ball and spring underneath seated in a detent in the part. It appears that the extractor "lets go" of the brass before it is pulled completely out of the chamber and therefore the ejector (spring loaded plunger) does not have the opportunity to propel the brass from the action. Whether the bolt is pulled back fast or slow, the same thing happens. If I pull it back slow and observe, the brass is pulled partially out of the chamber, but is somehow released before the case mouth clears the breech, leaving the brass just laying there, and I have to pull it out with my fingers. I have disassembled it and cleaned it to no avail. With the bolt out of the gun, a round can be forced under the extractor and then cannot be pulled out, but when in the gun, much of the time the round somehow comes out from under the extractor. No, I haven't gone to a gunsmith. I honestly don't know one in our rural East Texas area. Anybody have a similar experience and a solution, or do I have to live with it? I had a similar Savage in .308 but never had the problem with that gun.