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Old 03-28-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

I have a Browning Buckmark that jams a lot. I also have 2 magazines that have the issue. Given 10 rounds, I can expect 2-3 to jam. Iíve cleaned the pistol and have tried several types of ammo.

In case it is a related problem, it will also FTF sometimes, but when that happens, it will usually fire the same round after extracting and reloading that round.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:47 PM   #2
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.22 ammo is lubricated with a lot of waxy lube. Use a toothbrush and make sure the breachface and extractor are clean. The chamber could have a waxy build up as well. Make sure it is very clean. I like Clenzoil and Hoppes Number Nine to clean the wax and fouling from guns like these.
Lubricate the gun well. It looks dry in the pictures.
Cycle the action manually with the magazine removed. Does it hang up anywhere or is it smooth. If it hangs up anywhere it might need some stoning to smooth the bearing surfaces.
Are these the only magazines you have or do you have others that work properly? Are they Browning magazines? If not Browning toss them and get some Browning magazines. Aftermarket magazines are often cheap for a reason.
 
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

I clean and then hose the gun out with brake cleaner and blow it out with air, that makes it spotless. Then I spray it down with RemOil and wipe it off.

How old is this gun? Any chances the springs are just tired out? How well does the firing pin smack the rounds? Perhaps it is worn out. I had a worn out or just out of spec firing pin in a Taurus .22 revolver that was giving me FTF problems. A new one seems to have fixed it.
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

First thing to know is, what kind of ammo are you using? Does it jam with all kinds of ammo?
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I'm with RenoF250; check your springs and firing pin. How many rounds have been fired? Also, are the screws tight that hold the sight rail (and the pistol) together? I have had problems when they worked loose. Otherwise, my Bucky gobbles everything I feed it, and I'm over 4000rd by now.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

Thanks for those quick replies!

I've cleaned and lubed (I've used CLP for the lube). I've used several types of ammo. I believe one magazine is original and the 2nd I bought at Sportsmans wharehouse (I think it is a browning magazine).

The pistol seems to cycle quite smoothly. Since I bought the pistol used, I now really wonder about the springs and firing pin. I'll check with the local shop to see if they can get me parts (Shootin Den, Colorado Springs).

I'll also do another "deep" clean and try the brake cleaner and good lubing.

Thanks again for the help. I'll eventually figure this out and update my posting.
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Thanks for those quick replies!

I've cleaned and lubed (I've used CLP for the lube).
Try a different lube. Something lighter like Clenzoil. What do you use for solvent? I recommend Hoppes Number Nine for a gun like this. Hoppes will dissolve the wax and it leaves a protective oily moisture barrier. Does this happen with spent cases or when it tries to feed the next cartridge? If spent cases, cycle the gun manually with some empties and see if the extractor is coming off the empty case too soon. It could be a problem with extractor engagement or tension. If during feeding the magazine is the most likely problem. A weak spring or loose lips.
 
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

Use copper plated bullets like CCI minimags. soft lead .22's get "bit" by the chamber and won't cycle. Using a copper plated bullet gives it resistance to digging in, and no wax build up.
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Check the allen screw that holds the barrel to the frame; especially if you have ever dismounted the barrel.
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

I also appreciate all the tips. Both my daughter and I have Buckmarks. We've had a few problems with FTF's, but those were eventually traced to the ammo. I really really like these guns. Good luck with yours and please post back to let us know what the problem was and how you fixed it.
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I am not familiar with the details of the Buckmark but the barrels for my S&W Model 46 (Same as a Model 41) had machine marks in the feed ramp. I wrapped some six hundred wet dry around a piece of brass and went to work on it while I watched an episode of something. An hour later the feed ramp looked like a mirror. The gun eats everything I've fed it since.
 
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From the photos I'd be looking at magazine problems. It looks as if the rim is being held too long because it shouldn't be feeding at such an acute angle.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:53 AM   #13
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^ that's what I was thinking...try a new magazine and see if that fixes your problem.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:18 PM   #14
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I'll put it to you this way, waxed lead .22 bullets where designed to feed in tube magazine or single shot bolt action rifles, or put in revolvers.
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

Maybe you should check your springs and firing pin. How many rounds have been fired? Also, are the screws tight that hold the sight rail (and the pistol) together? I have had problems when they worked loose. Otherwise, my Bucky gobbles everything I feed it, and I'm over 4000rd by now.



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Old 07-04-2009, 04:45 AM   #16
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Re: Looking for help - My Browning Buckmark Jams!

AFAIK, Sportsman's only sells Browning packaged magazines for Buckmarks, but I would try different mags.

My Ruger MKIII and my friend's Buckmark eat any type of ammo you feed them...jacketed or lead, wax coated or not. My MKIII had a few feeding problems until there were about 800 rounds through it.

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