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Nailer jams with 1-5/8 brads

I bought an 18-gauge Dewalt brad nailer (D51238) that shoots 5/8 to 2-inch brads. It jams and won't fire the 1-5/8-inch brads. I notice that if you open the head (where you clear jams), 5-8-in brads will slide easily in their groove along the magazine and out the discharge head. However, the 1-5/8-in brads, barely fit in their groove and have to be forced out the head, as if the nails are just a hair too long. The brads are botstich brand, although I didn't think that mattered. Is there another brand of 18-gauge nails I should try, or do you know what the problem could be?

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It sound to me that the 1 5/8 brads are not 18 guage but probably 16 guage and they will not work. Double check them first before going any further. You can usually lay them next to the smaller ones that work and see the size difference, if not let me know and I will dig deeper.

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