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Anybody ever have any problems with H&R rifles not ejecting spent cartridges. My dad has an ultra-hunter in .243 that he has had for less then a decade and it has been well maintained but all of a sudden it doesn't want to eject the cartridges all the time. The only way to get the stuck cartridge out is by pushing a cleaning rod down the barrel. I've already cleaned the gun thoroughly several times so I know its not dirty. Anybody know what might be wrong and how to fix it.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

it is a simple part change to fix your problem a gun smith isnt really needed you can do it your self all you need is a new ejection shaft you can order from h&r if you are refering to a break down rifle

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from 4trx300 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

could possibly be thin walled brass swelling in the chamber.iv had the same problem with an h and r single shot in 270,shot very well and i was lucky enough to have never needed a second shot while hunting with it.try a different brand of shell and see if that helps.i believe they were remington's i was using.

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from shane wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Open and close it while empty, see if the ejector pops. There might be gunk way down in there. Are you using handloads? Maybe the chamber needs some stronger solvent. This kind of baffles me, as these things are about as reliable as they come.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

We have only shot Winchester Super-X Power Points through it. They always worked just fine until now. Almost every round gets stuck in the chamber. There might be a bit of swelling in the brass, but its hard to tell. I have noticed there are very slight scratches on the cartridges, and they are all uniform in size and location, but we never kept all the old brass before it started, so its hard to tell if that could be the problem or not. I don't know if this information could help you diagnose the problem or not?

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from combat.medic wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I'm with kentucky Hunter on this one. Sounds like the spring on your ejector shaft might be worn out.I don't know where you would get a new one to replace it, but that's worth a shot. Also, breaking down the bolt and removing the ejector shaft might show your problem. Most people don't break the bolt down completely, there could be some deep-down crud under the ejector that is keeping it from moving properly.

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from combat.medic wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

(just remembered after I posted that) when you put the rod down the barrel, do you have to puch very hard on the shell to get it out, or does it slide out easily?

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The shell usually does come out fairly easily. All it takes is a little tap with the rod and the shell ejects.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Sounds like the ejector/spring is gunked up or the ejector spring needs to be replaced. You should be able to take it apart on your own. If I remember right there is a set screw on the underside of the barrel, right below the ejector. Be careful to hold the ejector in so the spring doesn't come flying out - could put an eye out or end up under the furniture. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES.

If you need a replacement spring try Numrich (e-parts.com) and look for Harrington & Richardson under Manufacturers.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Degunk the ejector spring assembly. If that doesn;t work replace the spring. High pressure reloads or factory laods can cause this problem with the rifle also.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

it is a simple part change to fix your problem a gun smith isnt really needed you can do it your self all you need is a new ejection shaft you can order from h&r if you are refering to a break down rifle

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from 4trx300 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

could possibly be thin walled brass swelling in the chamber.iv had the same problem with an h and r single shot in 270,shot very well and i was lucky enough to have never needed a second shot while hunting with it.try a different brand of shell and see if that helps.i believe they were remington's i was using.

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from shane wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Open and close it while empty, see if the ejector pops. There might be gunk way down in there. Are you using handloads? Maybe the chamber needs some stronger solvent. This kind of baffles me, as these things are about as reliable as they come.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

We have only shot Winchester Super-X Power Points through it. They always worked just fine until now. Almost every round gets stuck in the chamber. There might be a bit of swelling in the brass, but its hard to tell. I have noticed there are very slight scratches on the cartridges, and they are all uniform in size and location, but we never kept all the old brass before it started, so its hard to tell if that could be the problem or not. I don't know if this information could help you diagnose the problem or not?

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from combat.medic wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I'm with kentucky Hunter on this one. Sounds like the spring on your ejector shaft might be worn out.I don't know where you would get a new one to replace it, but that's worth a shot. Also, breaking down the bolt and removing the ejector shaft might show your problem. Most people don't break the bolt down completely, there could be some deep-down crud under the ejector that is keeping it from moving properly.

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from combat.medic wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

(just remembered after I posted that) when you put the rod down the barrel, do you have to puch very hard on the shell to get it out, or does it slide out easily?

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The shell usually does come out fairly easily. All it takes is a little tap with the rod and the shell ejects.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Sounds like the ejector/spring is gunked up or the ejector spring needs to be replaced. You should be able to take it apart on your own. If I remember right there is a set screw on the underside of the barrel, right below the ejector. Be careful to hold the ejector in so the spring doesn't come flying out - could put an eye out or end up under the furniture. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES.

If you need a replacement spring try Numrich (e-parts.com) and look for Harrington & Richardson under Manufacturers.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Degunk the ejector spring assembly. If that doesn;t work replace the spring. High pressure reloads or factory laods can cause this problem with the rifle also.

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