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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Santa Teresa, NM

    Angry Fired My Charter Bulldog First Time Today

    I scrounged around and came up with a few rounds of factory PMC
    44 special ammo. So, off to the range I went.
    What a disappointment today turned out to be!

    The pistol ranges were closed for maintenance, so I had to go to one of
    the rifle ranges. The wind was blowing so bad the target frames would
    not stand up. The only thing I could do was blast away at rocks. Bummer.

    Anyway, I fired the little gun 35 times. I found the cases tend to stick in
    the chambers making extraction difficult. I think the inside of the chambers
    need to be polished a bit.

    This is my first stainless steel revolver. Is it normal to have case extraction
    difficulties in new stainless revolvers? Or, am I just "lucky" again?

  2. #2
    If the chambers look clean and free of rust then it sounds like the ammo has pressure problems in your revolver. That sounds unusual for that caliber as it operates at a fairly low pressure threshold. I would give it a thorough cleaning and then buy another brand of 44 Spl ammo.

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    Junior Member bophi's Avatar
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    Nov 2007

    tight chamber

    are you using brass or alumiun ? alumiun will swell up after been shot.

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    Senior Member Baldy's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Port St.John,FL.


    Try Win-White-Box if you can find it and save the cases if you reload or are thinking about it in the future. Sounds like they were loaded a little to heavy. If the WWB stick then you will need to ream the cylinders out a little. Take it to a good gunsmith if this is the case. Good luck.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Santa Teresa, NM


    Well, I don't think it is an ammo problem. However, I do agree that the
    next step is to try a different brand.

    The gun is brand new. The first thing I did when I got it home was to
    clean it using Hoppes and Break-free CLP. The chambers look a little rough, not as smooth as I think they should.

    The manufacturer, Charter Arms, says the gun has a lifetime warranty
    Does anyone have experience with their service department?

    The good news it that it did go bang every time I pulled the trigger on
    fresh ammunition!

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    Senior Member Bob Wright's Avatar
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    May 2006
    Memphis TN
    I wouldn't do anything until you've run several hundred rounds through it. Oftentimes a new gun will have a coating left on it from manufacture, lubricants that cool the metal during forming operations. Shoot and clean your gun normally a few times before deciding on any action.

    Bob Wright

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