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Just shot my A5 Sweet 16 again for 100 rounds or so. Twice didn't cycle 1165 Herters loads. I plan to lube the rails as recommended by Browning. any other ideas? I see RST has developed a special A5 load. Anyone used it?
Studdog, IIRC the Herter shells are a little longer. Occasionally they will hang up in my '52 and '65 swt16's. Haven't tried the Rst's, but will order some. Both cycle Remington, federal, and polywad 2 1/2 " with no issues..
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Studdog, Seems like when I asked RST about the difference between the Lite and A5 load it was just a different powder to give a little more pressure but same velocity. A call or email to them might confirm this, but I think they had old A5's in mind for the load, not your new one.
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I had one fail to eject so far using the Herters target loads in my new model sweet sixteens. It appeared as if the hull was a little too long but that was the only issue I've had with ammo in that gun. Love these new sweets!
It's not because Herter's are underpowered, or too long, it's the hulls. The rims are slightly undersized, and the plastic seems to cling to the chamber a bit more, resulting in dropped extraction. My 1100 does the exact same thing. Federals and RGL's cycle 100%. There seems to be lot to lot variation with Herters, sometimes they work fine.
I scrounged some once fired Browning hulls, and reloaded them with 1oz.. got dropped extraction twice in 25 rounds
I remember my old autoloader, an 1100. I kind of accepted issues like this as part of life with an autoloader. I took up reloading and that gave flexibility. With factory ammo, using a different shell can add a lot of normally unnecessary cost for practice or target shooting.
One thing I did that helped my Remington was to polish the rails slick as glass using wet dry sand paper wrapped around a foam sanding block. I went down to 1500 grit and used oil with all grades. It might help the A5 as well, but doing so on a brand new gun is always a cause for apprehension.
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I have fired a case of the Herters 1165 through my new A5 and have never had an issue cycling these rounds through. In fact, I've never shot any other ammunition in the gun. I did disassemble my gun to clean and lube it when it was new.
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