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New Ethos FTF/FTE

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Quote Originally Posted by cninham View Post
I am having the exact same problem! I have a brand new Ethos, 1 month old. The first time I went to the range for some skeet and trap shooting I put 5 boxes (125 rounds) through it, and I had one Failure to Feed (FTF) problem. The second time I shot another 5 boxes (125 rounds) and I had 3 FTF issues. The fourth and fifth times I again shout 4~5 boxes (100~125 rounds) each time and now I am experiencing about a 20% failure rate to feed. The first shell ejects fine, but when feeding the second shell it will get stuck before being pushed in by the bolt action.

I have used all kinds of ammo:

Remington Premier STS Target Loads, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 shot oz, # 8 shot size
Remington Premier STS Target Loads, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 shot oz, # 9 shot size
Remington Gun Club Target Loads, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 shot oz, # 8 shot size
Winchester Target Load, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 shot oz, # 8 shot size
Federal Premium Top Gun Target, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 shot oz, # 8 shot size

The shotshell loadings varied between 2 3/4 ~ 3 dram equivalent shot.

I will also say that I am an engineer and I am anal about cleaning my gun, lubricating and servicing it. I cleaned the gun before the first time I used it, and every time after I have returned from the gun range.

Needless to say, I am EXTREMELY disappointed and frustrated by this issue!!! I would not have expected this from a brand new mid~top of the line "Benelli" (Ethos). I thought Benelli's were supposed to be reliable and superior to most other manufacturers.

Any help or information would be appreciated, please!


Thanks -- Cameron
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  1. jluber's Avatar
    Cameron,
    My new SBE3 did the same thing, only 2 months old & 2-3 boxes of heavy pheasant loads Prarie Storm 23/4” & Fiocci 3” would not eject, stuck in ejector & not feed/cycle the the next shell. Called CS, he took my info & emailed a RA number & UPS shipping label. Very disappointed since my old SBE2 had issues after 1 season of use. Bass Pro sent that gun back but took 2-3 months before it was returned. Scheels didn’t believe me when I took it back to them, said it was dry & applied more oil. I have a picture of the stuck shell for proof of malfunction. Did you get yours fixed? If so, how long did it take? I am seriously thinking of buying a Berretta A400 Xtreme if Benelli does not fix this gun to work flawlessly when it returns. I sold my 2 to buy this 3.
    Jake