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I bought a plain-jane Browning model 71 a while back. I've gotten some good groups with cast and 220 grain Barnes.

348 Win Browning 71, 220 grain Barnes FP, 9 ½, 59.5 grains RE19, 1.57 MOA (iron sights)
348 Win Browning 71, 200 GC RCBS, WLRM, 27.5 grains H4198, 2.86 MOA (iron sights)

I got to really like the rifle and I had no issues with it until...

I took the rifle to a cast bullet match and got number one in the lever action category. To say nothing about there not being any others in a lever action category. eek It was mostly a cast bullet match for M1's, but there were plenty of other rifles there. During the match there were maybe 1 out of 3 miss-fires. The rifle fired the second time, that is after I cocked the hammer again. I did a WEB search; it seems there is at least one other shooter with the same "miss-fire" issue.

In that thread someone recommended Midwestgunworks.com. I looked there and found a replacement hammer spring and ordered it.

The rifle I bought was used when I bought it. The trigger was, I thought, pleasingly light. I wonder if someone cut a coil or two off the spring. There are other possibilities of a light strike on the primer. However, I think this explanation is the likely.

On a rifle like the 71, a hunter must have 100% confidence in the rifle and load. it aint no PD shooter.

Anyone else have issue with a 71 and a light hammer spring?

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Sounds like someone has messed with the trigger pull by lightening the hammer spring. You may also want to check the firing pin channel to make sure that it clean and free of oil and residue from firing the gun.

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Check the rim thickness against spec.


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The firing pin on the Browning 71’s is different to the one piece unit in original Winchesters. It’s a two piece design that over time can become gummed up through over zealous use of oil. If it has it can be the reason for your light primer strikes.

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Originally Posted by JFE
The firing pin on the Browning 71’s is different to the one piece unit in original Winchesters. It’s a two piece design that over time can become gummed up through over zealous use of oil. If it has it can be the reason for your light primer strikes.

^^^ this is where I would start, I had a local smith change mine to a one piece firing pin. Haven’t had a miss fire since.

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The new spring for the hammer arrived yesterday. I’ll thoroughly clean the firing pin first. I’ll write the results.


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