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About ChrisDahn

  • Birthday 04/08/1978

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  1. Yeah, I agree that short stroking it is the most likely candidate, it just seems impossible given that you're operating with gross muscle control when you're pulling that forearm back as fast as possible. I guess I'm not sure how short is "short" either.. I'll see what I can do to start eliminating things before I call Benelli.
  2. Hey all, I've been having an issue with my Nova for a while now that I chalked up to user error (not sliding it back all the way, etc), but it happened quite a bit today for two different shooters, so thought I'd follow up here and see what people think. The problem is that the bolt appears to be binding up when feeding a cartridge from the magazine. The problem case keeps happening when shooting clays. I've put well over 1000 rounds of 2 3/4" target load through the gun by manually loading the cartridges into the ejection port over the past couple of years without a single malfunction. It only seems to happen when feeding a new cartridge from the magazine after ejecting a spent cartridge. Today, both me and a friend were shooting clays, and were uncharacteristically shooting a lot of doubles. Out of 10 doubles, 2 of them jammed up on the second cartridge. A jam once in a while seems unavoidable, but 20% in one day seems awfully high, especially when I saw that my friend definitely got the slide all the way back when it jammed on him. What appears to be happening is that the bolt is getting wedged about halfway forward somehow. I say this because the forearm won't slide forwards or back, and it's really hard to get the front trigger guard pin out. It feels like the bolt or a forearm rail is wedged up against the trigger guard, placing pressure on the pin so it won't slide out easily. Once I can get the pin out and remove the trigger guard, the bolt frees up and everything is good again. I've tried to recreate this at home with practice rounds, but no matter how much I try, I simply can't. I don't know if it's a function of the rounds I'm using, temperature of the barrel/bolt, speed/force I'm working the action in the excitement of the moment, or what. Right now, my only hypothesis is that somehow one of the rails from the forearm is somehow slipping over the catches on the bolt and wedging the whole mechanism in place. Has anyone else experienced this?
  3. Aha! I knew I had to be missing something! Thanks for putting up with me. I'll have to check my settings, surely there's one in there to email me when private notifications come in. I sent you a reply, but it looks like maybe it didn't go through. I'll send another, sorry if you get two. For the purposes of closing out this thread, apparently the little tab, if missing, can cause intermittent problems. Thanks BG!
  4. Maybe I can't figure out how to use the forum interface correctly, but it appears he only asked me what color my gun is. Did he post another reply somewhere?
  5. Any ideas on what that small bit of plastic does on the assembly? Am I crazy, or is it actually just there for decoration?
  6. There's a YouTube video that looks like it specifically addresses this problem. Apparently there was some manufacturing issues, which caused a small piece of material to keep the flap up. Filing it down will fix it. The video is here:
  7. I bought a Nova about a year ago for shooting clays, and I've put a couple hundred rounds through it without any problems. But, a couple of weeks ago, the trigger assembly accidentally slipped out of my hand while I was cleaning, and I broke off a small plastic bit that sticks up on the front left of it (see picture, circled in red). [ATTACH=CONFIG]2709[/ATTACH] From what I can tell, this piece of the assembly doesn't actually do anything. It doesn't appear that anything rests on it, slides across it, bumps against it, or has any kind of physical contact. It appears to simply be there for good looks. Can anyone confirm this? That being said, in the past two weeks, I've had some Winchester Super-Target shells (12ga, 2 3/4") jam halfway into the barrel while feeding from both the magazine, and after simply dropping one in during trap shooting. I'd only shot a couple of boxes of these shells before, so I would normally just think that the cheap shells are to blame, but I can't shake this nagging feeling that somehow, that small plastic part is to blame. After extracting the jammed shells, I can see a groove on the front where it caught on something on the way into the barrel and got stuck. So, I'm hoping someone can alleviate my fears, as I'd rather not spend $90 on a new trigger assembly if I don't have to. Have any of you had problems with that brand/make of shells? Does anyone know if that little plastic bit is just there for aesthetics, or does it actually serve some purpose with the shell elevator that's causing my troubles? Thanks in advance!
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