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Old 01-22-2020, 08:23 AM
Steve in Allentown Steve in Allentown is offline
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I think your idea for a gauge is spot on.

From a closer look at your picture it looks like the claw will impact the case bevel and not allow the base of the case to be pushed back flush against the breechface. You don't want this. You can either buy a new, shorter extractor, relieve the front of the claw so that it doesn't impact the bevel, or work on the extractor's firing pin stop slot to pull the extractor back enough to clear the case bevel.

Relieving the front of the claw is an acceptable method as long as it's not overdone. Taking too much material off will weaken the extractor and may result in the hook breaking off. I can't tell you how much is too much. It's a judgement call.
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