Originally Posted by oldjarhead
Let us know what H&R does for you. It sounds like possibly a head-space problem.
Its not a head space issue. It is a lock up issue. The breech is opening up while the case is still under pressure. The case which at the time is expanded and sealed in the chamber, is staying in toght, but the brass head which does not expand is being pushed back into the rapidally opening breech and shearing off.
Regardless of headspace, the breech shot not open up while the cartridge is still under pressure. I even hand loaded some light rounds (chronoed at 2600 fps) using fire formed neck sized only brass that was pefectally headspaced. It kicked open with these as well.
I called H&R and they denied that this was a common issue, even though the internet forums are riddled with reports and even youtube videos of it. They said my gun was just out of warranty (expired Nov. 2011) and I would have to mail it into the factory for repair at my cost. When Iasked how much it would be, he said he had no way of knowing. Thats when I polietly mentioned that it was a common issue and asked the ball park range of what it would cost. His reply was that this issue is odd and he doesn't know of anyone that has sent back one with this issue. Thats when my irritation got the best of me and I told him to do a google search for "handi rifle opens with recoil". He sidestepped that (which I don't fault him for).
Shipping there will be near $30. Then he said the factory will call me with a repair qoute. If I agree, they'll fix it. If I don't, they'll bill me for return shipping and send it back. I was supposed to get an email from them with the packaging instructions and address on where to send it. He said I would get it ain an hour orso. That was at 230 pm. Still no email. To be blunt, I am very put off with them at this point and will never be a patron of theirs again.
Moreover, I don't feel that I will ever trust my gun again. At least not enough to hand to my wife or a child and say " Here, use this gun to hunt with. It's been repaired only once."