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 Instruction on how to use a broken shell extractor
mauiblue  [Team Member]
10/5/2007 7:08:30 AM
I've had a member or two mentioning having a broken shell extractor on hand *just in case* so I purchased one to put in my range bag. I got in today but it didn't come with instructions. How do you use it? Mahalo in advance.
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plarkinjr  [Team Member]
10/5/2007 4:35:00 PM
Never had to use one, but I believe what you do is this:

place the device into the chamber as far as you can
drop the bolt (or close it if its a bolt-action rifle)
Sharply open the bolt to extract the device and the broken case

I've considered dremeling off the base of a spent cartridge, and putting it in the chamber to test my broken case extractor..... but never got around to it.
_Gunslinger_  [Member]
10/5/2007 5:50:24 PM
Here is a description from Brownells:

Mfr: BROWNELLS

Easily Removes Broken Cases Without Field Stripping

Case head separation from over-fired or out of spec brass won’t ruin your shooting experience if you keep one of these handy tools in your pocket or field kit. Hardened, steel tool reliably and easily removes broken cases from AR-15/M16 or any other firearm chambered for either the .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO cartridge. Exclusive, threaded, two-piece design is adjustable for overall length so the tool completely engages the rim of the case mouth; cannot slip through or strip out. Very simple to use, drop the broken shell extractor into the chamber directly inside the broken case. Allow the bolt to close so the extractor engages the rim of the tool and draw back the bolt to open the chamber. The broken case will eject along with the broken shell extractor.

GONIF  [Member]
10/5/2007 5:56:09 PM
I have always just used a long heavy dutey cleaning rod and put in in the muzzle and wacked it with a hammer,never had one that didnt pop out on the first hit.
SSN_Doc  [Member]
10/5/2007 6:06:48 PM

Originally Posted By GONIF:
I have always just used a long heavy dutey cleaning rod and put in in the muzzle and wacked it with a hammer,never had one that didnt pop out on the first hit.


Is that after the whole case head gets ripped off, or just part of the rim? It seems harder to do with a rod from the muzzle than with an broken shell extractor. I'd be afraid of jacking up the throat of the chamber with the cleaning rod if I missed the edge of the case mouth.
Bullet175  [Member]
10/5/2007 6:11:28 PM

Originally Posted By SSN_Doc:

Originally Posted By GONIF:
I have always just used a long heavy dutey cleaning rod and put in in the muzzle and wacked it with a hammer,never had one that didnt pop out on the first hit.


Is that after the whole case head gets ripped off, or just part of the rim? It seems harder to do with a rod from the muzzle than with an broken shell extractor. I'd be afraid of jacking up the throat of the chamber with the cleaning rod if I missed the edge of the case mouth.


You wont damage the chamber with the rod while the case is in there. Its when the case lets go I would worry. But if you can gently tap and not let the rod run through when the case turns loose it should be OK.
clasky  [Team Member]
10/5/2007 8:50:56 PM

Originally Posted By plarkinjr:
Never had to use one, but I believe what you do is this:

place the device into the chamber as far as you can
drop the bolt (or close it if its a bolt-action rifle)
Sharply open the bolt to extract the device and the broken case

I've considered dremeling off the base of a spent cartridge, and putting it in the chamber to test my broken case extractor..... but never got around to it.


Yes, this is how it is used. I've never used mine. Most of the time, though, the cleaning rod is used down the barrel to tap it out instead since the broken shell extractor is only needed when the back of the case is completely torn off. Though, I've never had to do the cleaning rod tap either...
mauiblue  [Team Member]
10/6/2007 12:22:25 AM
Thanks guys for your help. I hope I don't have to use it but it is nice to know how to use it when I have to.
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