Case Head Separation

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks shows how to remove the case of a cartridge that has suffered from case head separation. It can be a frustrating chore if you don’t have the right technique or tools. You should also understand what can cause this in the first place so you can fix any problems your rifle may have.

7 Responses to Case Head Separation

  1. I have found that, when you don’t have fancy tools, if you drive a proper size projectile down the barrel from the muzzle that the broken case will come out. I use either a brass rod or a steel rod with a brass sleeve.

  2. Last resort before I would go to the chamber reamer, I would use Cerosafe and plug the bore an inch or two forward of the case mouth and knock it out with a brass rod down the barrel.

  3. Never had to remove a stuck case from a chamber, yet.
    I always love watching these in depth video demonstrations from Ken. Especially handy to know before needing to figure it out on my own should I have to do this someday.
    A thank-you to the people who have posted their tips here also, much appreciated.
    Thanks for posting the awesome video demonstration.

  4. There is nothing quite as fun as removing a ruptured case from a hot Browning .50 Cal machine gun with a live round locked to the face of the bolt!

  5. Ken, thanks for the info. I look forward to seeing you demo. other topics. I haven’t had to remove a head separated case yet, I will remember this video. By the way I have a friend who gave me his S&W Model 915 to check it out for him and I had never seen one before. Could you give me info. on disassembly. This hand gun has not been fired for about 8yrs., he said it was okay then; however now it has some issues from neglect. The gun seems to be tight not all loose or anything like that. He bought it new & it has never been worked on other than to clean it.Your insight is always helpful.

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