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Hoosier Hillbilly

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About Hoosier Hillbilly

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  • Birthday 06/10/1958

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  • Biography
    A 50-something who still wants to act like that 16-year-old that I once was.
  • Location
    West Central Indiana
  • Interests
    Waterfowl hunting, dove hunting, skeet, sporting clays
  • Occupation
    Education, Professor at a large Midwest Land Grant institution
  1. I had a similar problem for a while this past summer. I did what you said above and have not had a problem since. Do you shoot the gun a lot?
  2. Yes, wood and bluing are fine. But IMHO the comfortech stuff is a help, at least when shooting heavy loads at ducks and geese. Depends a bit on how much duck/goose hunting you intend to do.
  3. The SBE II gives you more flexibility and will retain a (slightly) higher re-sale value. But then again, once you get ahold of one of these bad boys your never gonna want to let go of it in any case!
  4. A quick question about jamming. I have an SBE II with about 10,000 rounds through it. I recently bought three flats of 1.125 oz 1200 fps Remington Gun Clubs (#8s, FWIW) to use at the range. Last weekend out of 200 rounds I had about 10 cases where on the second shot the shell was just resting on the carrier and the carrier was about 1/2 of the way up. (The empty hull was ejected in every case). Soooo...I brought the gun home and tore it down completely and cleaned everything: trigger group, action spring and tube, mag tube and spring, etc. etc. I cleaned everything, relubed, and went back to the range yesterday. And...same thing. Now, I have probably shot about 8000 rounds of target loads through this gun, including 1180 fps 1 oz loads with narry an issue. The only thing I have had to do is replace the action spring. I have not had a chance to pick up some different ammo to see if this makes a difference, but other than that I had done all of the obvious things. Any thoughts? Thanks...
  5. I shoot a lot of very light loads in my SBE II, both in skeet/sporting clays, and at Doves. I can always cycle 1 oz 1185 fps loads, even though technically you are not supposed to be able to do so. Geese and ducks don't seem to mind being killed by my SBE II with the matte black finish. Briley or Comp-N-Choke.
  6. I am thinking of getting a LH Montefeltro (already have the LH SBE II, and love it--looking for a new toy, of course). Here is a potentially dumb question. I realize that the Montefeltro only comes in wood (at least the LH versions). A friend told me, however, that he is sure that the Cordoba synthetic stock and forend would swap out for that of the Montefeltro. Just curious. Any truth to this?
  7. So, where do I find a replacement recoil/action spring for the SBE II? I see that Brownell's sells them for the SBE, but it does not specifically state if these will fit the SBE II. Moreover, it is my understanding that the SBE II has a coating of some sort on the spring while the SBE spring does not. Is there some other outlet? Thanks!
  8. Yes, I have wondered the same thing. Perhaps it's just time to do it, change it that is. In the newer SBE II's is there any advantage of the Sure Cycle system relative to the factory spring? I have read not, but then I personally have no experience here.
  9. I know this is an old post, but I started it...and I am still having problems. Here's what happened last time I shot my SBE II at the skeet range. The first round it worked flawlessly...not a hiccup, nothing (shooting 1185 fps 1 oz. Winchester target loads, too). Then the next round it started. About every third time I would load a shell, hit the bolt release, and flip the gun over to put a second round in the magazine the carrier would not fully raise because the bolt was not fully seated in the battery. (Also, per Tucker's instruction I carefully checked the alignment of the tab relative to the slot on the bottom of the bolt, and frankly I could see no problems.) By the time I got to station 8 on the second round I was going nuts...two misfires on station 8 because I forgot to check and see if the bolt was full seated. Soooo....I took the gun to my gunsmith/friend the other day, and he is going to have a look at it. He did notice some unusual wear on the top left rail...it almost seems like the bolt could be slightly binding here at some point. And before you say it, yes, I lube the rails well (but lightly). Oh yes, the chamber was spotless, as well as the locking groves where the bolt seats into the battery. Frankly, I find this all very frustrating. I love this gun, and I honestly shoot it better than anything else I have ever owned. But I want to make this problem go away. This is beyond the occasional "click," this is darned near "terminal click." Any thoughts? Observations? Similar experiences?
  10. Tucker, many thanks! I will have a close look at this soon, but what you have described sounds very plausible. THANKS!
  11. Yes, Veduci, that would be me...you Putz! And now that you have discovered this forum you should cruise over and sign-up at the Shotgun World Forum.
  12. I have started to have a few problems with my SBE II whilst shooting at the range over the past several weeks. Before explaining, a bit of background. I have had the gun for about nine months now, and have shot everything through it from 1185 fps 1 oz estates to 3.5" Federal Blackcloud. While at the range I mostly shoot 1 oz Rios at 1200 fps (very clean burning, too, I might add). I have probably put about 2500 rounds of various sorts through the gun, mostly the lighter stuff. No here is the problem I have started to have. I load the first shell in the chamber and hit the bolt release. The shell is pushed into the chamber but sometimes, for whatever reason (I think the boltface may not be fully seating) the carrier will only push part way down and I can't load the second round in the mag. tube. I have to rack out the first round and start again. This happened again today with increasing frequency. And if I just loaded one at a time (i.e., as in shooting a single) sometimes all I would get when pulling the trigger was a click. I know this must be the sign of a dirty gun. But I recently cleaned out the recoil spring tube etc. (Probably about 350 rounds ago, although I will clean it again). And I have not used it for anything but clay target shooting since then (i.e., no burrying it in mud in a cornfield, etc.) The one thing I have not done (in fact, ever, I believe) is scrub the chamber really well with a copper brush and a variable speed drill--obviously something I can and will do. I am just a little bit curious, however, if this is a rather common problem? And if so is it most likely to be in the recoil spring assembly, chamber, or might something else be going on? I would sort of hate to have to mess with cleaning the action spring every 300-400 rounds. Thanks!
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