New here folks. Have a question of a gun-smithing (fluff & buff) nature.
Among my SHTF arsenal is a 12-year-old Henry .22 lever-action. It's primarily considered as my "food-finder" weapon, but also a back-up defensive weapon, in a pinch. The problem I've had with it over the years, is that the quite-sharp (knife-sharp) edges of the chamber-face, occasionally grab the lead (mostly with HPs, but also, often enough with round-noses, to reduce dependability in a defensive mode.
I know that a certain amount of relieving can be gotten away with in this region, with center-fire, rimless cartridges, without compromising the cartridge head, but I'm not knowledgeable enough about the physics of a 22-cartridge rim, to know how much I could safely relieve the chamber-face sharpness. I do have many years of metal-working experience, and do have the wherewithal to perform some relief. Just need to know what my safety parameters are—if any exist.
Can anyone—preferably someone with gun-smithing experience—tell me if I would be compromising safety by "very slightly"
radiusing the circumference of the chamber face? That might not fix the problem completely, but I think it would go far toward reducing the jams. I've stock-piled a copious supply of CCI Stingers, should the necessity ever arise that I would need resort to using the .22 as a defensive weapon, and I don't relish blowing out a casing, and wrecking the rifle when I need it most.