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New Brunswick man survives after being shot in face by misfiring rifle

Douglas Lyons said a bullet exploded in the chamber as he tried to load his Savage Axis .30-06 rifle Sunday while testing it in the woods ahead of a planned hunting trip.

"The firing pin fired and blew that shell up on me, and that's what hit me in the face," Lyons said Wednesday from Boiestown, N.B., where he owns the Tipsy Canoe restaurant.
 

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Lots of info on 'slam fires' concerning this rifle.

Looks like it may be a fundamental design flaw

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"(M)ost turn bolt systems the firing pin cams off the back of the action. Savage firing firing pins (110 action) cam off the bottom of the bolt body. The traditional camming action leaves the firing pin ( thus the firing pin sear) free of the bolt. With the the Savage system the firing pin is integral with the bolt."
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