We were out foxing last night with a Remmington .17 Fireball using factory ammo. Remmington loaded with 20grn V max. My shooting partner suffered 2 hangfires. The first was an audible click as the firing pin struck the primer and the round went of what seemed ages later, probably a second.
The second occured in a similar fashion but with less delay. After that we tried a third round which fired correctly. We decided to call it a night. Two now potentially v lamp shy foxes but at least the shots were from elevated positions so the bullets on both occassions went into a safe backstop.
Custom built rifle which has always performed faultlesly but new batch of factory ammo.
What causes the hangfire and what should we do?
In both cases the primer had been clearly struck and looked no different from a normal fired case.