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How hard should the charging handle be to pull back?

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Old 12-19-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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How hard should the charging handle be to pull back?

My spring in my lower seems really stiff, and I'm getting a failure to feed every time because the BCG isn't going far enough back to chamber the next round.

Any advice?

I've looked around, and I definitely think it's my buffer spring.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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My spring in my lower seems really stiff, and I'm getting a failure to feed every time because the BCG isn't going far enough back to chamber the next round.

Any advice?

I've looked around, and I definitely think it's my buffer spring.
Do you by chance have a rifle spring in a carbine receiver extension (Buffer tube.)
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:32 PM   #3
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Do you by chance have a rifle spring in a carbine receiver extension (Buffer tube.)
Nope. I got a kit from Brownells to mount my PRS on.
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It shouldnt be hard to pull back at all, just a little resistance from your spring, thats it
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It shouldnt be hard to pull back at all, just a little resistance from your spring, thats it
Yeah, my guess would be you don't have enough lube in it. If it's brand new, it'll take a few hundred rounds to break in.

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Old 12-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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Do you by chance have a rifle spring in a carbine receiver extension (Buffer tube.)
IIRC the springs are the same length regardless of rifle or carbine. It is the buffer itself that differs in length/weight.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:40 PM   #7
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Lube lube lube. Did I say lube? Make sure you get a good coating of gun oil on the carrier, inside of the upper and the charging handle. It makes a WORLD of difference.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:45 AM   #8
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Are ypu sure it's not the gas block out of alignment? If the gas block isnt perfectly lined up with the hole in the barrel it will short stroke and either completely miss picking up a round, or jam it on the feed ramp.
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