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Old 01-29-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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S&W Model 41 stovepipes?

I am having a problem with some ammo stovepiping in my M41. Eley target grade ammo works well, but target velocity Federal 900B (1080fps) will stovepipe. Standard velocity ammo of all types will stove pipe. The Federal groups better than the Eley, but is useless with unreliable reloading. I am wondering if a change of recoil spring weight will improve my reload functioning? Or is there another place to look? Thanks, Al C :-?
 
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Old 02-06-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
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Re: S&W Model 41 stovepipes?

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I am having a problem with some ammo stovepiping in my M41. Eley target grade ammo works well, but target velocity Federal 900B (1080fps) will stovepipe. Standard velocity ammo of all types will stove pipe. The Federal groups better than the Eley, but is useless with unreliable reloading. I am wondering if a change of recoil spring weight will improve my reload functioning? Or is there another place to look? Thanks, Al C :-?
The recoil spring would be the first place I would look then you may have to look at your hammer spring. If there is not enough energy from the fired round to get the slide all the way to the rear you'll have the malfunction mentioned. If I can be of assistance get in touch with me
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:39 AM   #3
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Have you done a full search on this forum for Mr. Behlert's

Have you done a full search on this forum for Mr. Behlert's kind words on this subject?
 
Old 02-16-2005, 06:27 AM   #4
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Re: S&W Model 41 stovepipes?

Or is there another place to look? Thanks, Al C :-?[/quote]

Al;

Just ran across this post.
The 41 is a very fine bullseye gun, but anything factory production line produced will usually need some adjustment/alterations.
A spot seldom looked at, for problems, is the camming slot for the extractor. If the extractor is not cammed to the correct position, it will not properly grasp the case as the slide starts rearward.
The extractor has some extra material that will allow some adjustment, or in some cases I've had to re cut the slot in the barrel face to allow the extractor to "get a better bite". Everyone is anxious to change recoil springs, but nearly every 41 has excessive over cock. By reducing the over cock, some pressure on the slide is reduced enhancing the movement of the slide. All othe contact areas should be polished and fitted.
The slide should move very smoothly with out any tight spots.
Also check breechface alignment and headspace. Most production grade .22 pistols have far more headspace than necesarry. Pistols that shoot only Eley can be set at .042
41 barrels come in a multitude of bore sizes. I have found them as small as .214. The major problem is the diameter is not consistant from one end to the other and chambers are not cut to match spec. So if you are really looking for top shelf bullseye performance, a precision match barrel is a must. Otherwise, it is a great gun when set up to its full potential.

Good Luck

Jerry
 
Old 03-09-2005, 02:37 PM   #5
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stove pipe

As the man says, check if the extractor has end play. If it does this is the problem. Let me know and I will tell you the cure.
 
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As the man says, check if the extractor has end play. If it does this is the problem. Let me know and I will tell you the cure.
 
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