Non-Exploding Cartridges- What is wrong with a rifle that will not explode the cartridge until it is snapped two or three times? Is the mainspring too weak or is the firing pin worn out? The rifle is a Winchester single shot, .32 caliber. Will such a rifle shoot accurately and do you think the barrel is worn out? Would it pay to have it repaired? It is about 10 years old.
Without seeing the arm it is impossible to say for certain just what is wrong but if the cartridge is exploded after being snapped two or three times, the trouble is likely caused by a weakened main spring. This will in no way affect the shooting qualities of the rifle but will have a bad effect on the shooter as he will be careless of aim after once pulling the trigger without discharging the gun. The barrel might be worn out by a year’s use, or less, and again it might be in good condition after ten years’ service. It depends entirely on how much it was used and how well taken care of.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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