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    Driven boar failure!

    A couple of weeks ago I went on a driven boar shoot in Czech. It was well run and in the Central European tradition. The horn playing after the initial brief, nice food in the break, better lunch after... but on the actual shoot was something I was not expecting...

    I was with an experienced shot who had come with me to see what it was like. He didn't have his Czech hunting permit yet so we were together on the peg, hearing the occasional shot, the dogs in the distance, the beaters walking past... but no boar for the first hour or so. It was sunny and then snowing, warmer and then the cold started to sink in.

    I thought that when the beaters had gone past that was it for the drive but my friend said no. The boar could come any time, from any direction.
    The view from my peg was ok, not great. Down a gully with arc up about 30 metres to the crest and a forested area.

    Some Roe charged past. Fallow, Sika and Red can be had on a Driven in Czech but not Roe. Mentally I wonder if I'd been on target...

    I had recently bought the rifle in my hands. A second hand Steyr Luxus in 308, good condition. I had taken off the Habicht x6 and was on the irons. 180 grain Selier and Balot with the belief that I was ready.
    I had taken a large hare a couple of nights previously but hadn't yet been on the range. (I know, slightly over kill to have a 308 on a hare...but it was a new rifle in my hands!)

    A shot came from further down... A saw a boar run across the gully around 150 metres that way... another couple of shots, closer that time.

    My friend and I knew something was up... and then three big Loncak (boar up to two years) come charging down the gully towards me. They spot us and then correct their path, only 4 metres away... I raise, swing, aim and fire. Click. Nothing happens. I pull the bolt back and the bolt comes away in my hand. So I'm standing there with a rifle in one hand, a bolt in the other and a friend who thinks what the hell is this guy doing...

    Boar safely away I try and pull together the pieces of this major FU.
    The round had a light fire mark on the cap.
    The bolt is released on the rifle by pressing in the trigger.

    Through the snow and sleet the water must have mixed with the old oil in the rifle and frozen the firing pin and the trigger. So the round didn't fire and when I pressed in the trigger it stuck, releasing the bolt.

    That was the only chance of boar that day.
    My rifle will be serviced and re oiled.

    And I will know what it feels like for a rifle to fail at a critical time!

    Has anyone experienced anything similar?

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    couldn't get the safety off one with ice for a minute or so in the bad snow up north 2 years ago but the deer hadn't moved away so it was ok

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    gutted for you mate ,did you manage to get one before returning home. i havnt had anything like that happen before,atb wayne

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    Failure

    guns should be de-oiled before shooting in sever cold weather, it freezers.

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    Could have been in the ***** if it was a lion hunt!

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    I guess not too many Lions hang out where it is that cold! Perhaps Berlin Zoo

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    Through the snow and sleet the water must have mixed with the old oil in the rifle and frozen the firing pin and the trigger. So the round didn't fire and when I pressed in the trigger it stuck, releasing the bolt.




    Thus showing the CLEAR SUPERIORITY of thos "old school" rifles that have a separate bolt release mechanism such as the Mauser 98 or the Lee-Enfield!

    As others said, and you SHOULD have known, guns should be de-oiled in cold or dusty conditions. Just consider yourself lucky that, like "Countdown" you got an animal with an "O" and not an "E"!

    *Be glad it was a boar and not a bear!

    Or, as in the poster, a bloomin great angry German, ha!

    Used to have a copy of that poster in my gun room. Till a friend "wanted" it!
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    whats the correct proceedure for a missfire ?

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    In "combat" or "on the range/stalking"?

    In combat there are two possibly three actions depending on what type of rifle.

    With a Lee Enfield (or Mauser) some would say lift the bolt handle and eject the mis-fired round and chamber another and fire that is the quickest.

    Also with a Lee-Enfield you can grasp the cocking piece and manually re-cock the rifle.

    On both a simple lift up and turn down of the bolt handle will also re-cock the rifle I believe. I've no longer a Lee-Enfield and can't remember and can't be bothered to get my Mauser action rifles out of my gun cabinet!

    *On the range it would be DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-COCK IN ANY WAY but keep the rifle in the aim position or pointing in a safe place (or down range) and wait thirty seconds. The lay the rifle down, pointing in a safe direction, and use something like a wooden 2" x1" to knock the bolt handle open.

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