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Junior23
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Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


I know they've had problems in the past with them not firing but has anybody had this happen? If so how did you/somebody fix it? A friend of mine has one and has killed deer with it and he was going to shoot it the other day to see if it was still sighted in and it wouldn't fire.






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4X4DEMON
Northwestern St. Fan
NWLA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


I wasn't aware of any problems with this model. I've had mine for quite a while and never had a problem. Was the hammer dropping and the firing pin not making a dent on the primer?





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Junior23
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


I'm not sure on all of the details but I'll find out. I know when I bought mine the guy that sold it to me had an already shot shell in it with a live primer and he shot it probably 10 times to make sure it wouldn't do this. The gun in question has been in a gun cabinet since last deer season. I can't think of anything that would cause this with it just sitting there chilling in a cabinet.





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4X4DEMON
Northwestern St. Fan
NWLA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Depending on how well he cleaned it, it could be gummed up firing mechanism or something mechanical that was broken last year that he never realized.





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Junior23
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


This is true. Like I said I don't know exactly what's up with it except it won't fire. I'll find out though and let you know.





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4X4DEMON
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NWLA
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


sounds good, it may be something that I need to keep an eye on.





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TClayboy99
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in the woods...
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Mine shoots too good... it jarred the weaver rail loose on top of the barrel.

I just re-tightened the screws, but I mean, shite.






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Nascar Fan
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Columbia La.
Member since Jul 2011
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


quote:

I wasn't aware of any problems with this model

me niether






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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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The devil dreams on an idle horse
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Does it have a hammer extension? Those can cause problems on exposed hammer guns sometimes.





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greasemonkey
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Macclenny Fl aka south JAWJA
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


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Does it have a hammer extension? Those can cause problems on exposed hammer guns sometimes.



my TC encore would not fire with a heavy hammer ext.
I had to put an aluminum one on it






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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Junior, Nice of you to try and help your buddy. A few details would help us out. What kind of gun does he have? How old is the gun? What does the firing pin strike look like on rounds that did not fire? Would be good if that could be compared w/ last years rounds that did fire. Do the primers appear to be seated deeper than usual in the primer pocket? (Properly loaded, the primer should fit flush, or just a smidgen below, the case. Looking from the side, w/ the nose of the bullut pointing down, run a straight edge on the bottom of the case, from one side to the other. Where's the primer in relation to the straight edge, below it, at it or above it?) Is this new ammo or same ammo from last year? Any chance of any chemicals possibly coming in contact w/ the primers? (WD40 is said to be a good "primer killer.")





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Junior23
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


It's a H&R Handi Rifle. The gun is probably is 2 or 3 years old. I talked to him last night and he said the firing pin is hitting the primer but it's not hitting it hard enough to make it go off.





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Rantavious
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Bossier ''get down'' City
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


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It's a H&R Handi Rifle


I knew where this was goin.

You gotta be forceful closing the breach on H&Rs.

Just clickin it together like your Browning S/S doesn't get the job done.

I would also suggest hand milling the breach faces, both the receiver and the barrel, to eliminate high spots.

My H&R closed with a nice 'snick'






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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Hammer extension?





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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


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You gotta be forceful closing the breach on H&Rs.


Same thing w/ Thompson Center Contenders.

Are the primers that are not igniting seated deeper than usual in the primer pocket? The area of metal covering the bottom of the primers might be a little "hard" or thicker than usual. Couple that w/ a slightly weak firing pin spring and you've got misfires. As mentioned earlier, the primers might be "dead".

The 444 Marlin is a rimless round. Two things to consider w/ this type of problem in rimless rounds are: 1. primer seated too deep in the primer pocket. 2. A headspace problem w/ the ammo (unlikely if this is factory ammo). Trying a different box of ammo might take care of at least 4 different causes of the problem.






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4X4DEMON
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NWLA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


The topic title threw me off with the Marlin. I thought it was the lever action. I'm limited on my h&r experience from what I do know you have to slam the breach closed or else it doesn't line up exactly right.





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Junior23
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


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The topic title threw me off with the Marlin. I thought it was the lever action.

Yeah, that's my fault. I'm just used to everybody around here having the handi rifle and not the lever action. Us here in Missisisisisppi can use the handi rifle as a "primitive weapon." So that's why I'm used to the handi rifle going with somebody saying "444" my fault peeps.






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Junior23
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Oh I talked to a gunsmith today and he told me he's seen this problem a few times and he told me the hammer spring is probably weak. My question to him was "how does a spring get weak sitting in the gun cabinet?" He told me the get weaker over time which is obvious.





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mack the knife
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SE Louisiana
Member since Oct 2012
1563 posts

re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


MANY 2-3 year old H&R have had this problem. some even came new from the box with this issue. when i was looking at acquiring one 2-3 yrs ago the salesman said that it is such a common problem that even he wouldn't get one at this time (again 2-3 yrs ago).





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Bien Fou
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Laffy
Member since Jul 2009
1991 posts

re: Problem with a 444 Marlin not firing?


Had one miss fire on me this weekend, i pulled the hammer extension of to lessen the weight on the hammer and also replaced the spring with a heavyone for more pull. Worked good for a box of rounds then did the same thing, not hitting the primer hard enough. Gun smith said the breech plate may be mis aligned lettting the round fall to far forward, he is sending it back to H&R, its a common problem.





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