awingert Posted November 25, 2012 Share Posted November 25, 2012 Hey all. I have an original SBE 12ga that I bought new probably 12 years ago. It is my duck/goose gun and sees use during turkey season as well. I'm having a problem that I'm hoping you guys can help diagnose. Shooting 3" magnum duck loads it is failing to eject the shell. The shell hangs out of the ejection port in the receiver at 90 degrees to the barrel quite frequently. Today it happened every time I shot. The next shell sits on the carrier and the bolt hangs open until the FTE is cleared. Manufacturer of the load doesn't seem to matter. It happens with all 3" duck loads. Haven't tried it with 3-1/2's since this problem sprang up last season. I've cleaned the gun, stripped it of all grease and verified that the bolt cycles smoothly by hand. I don't over-oil my guns. Like all my guns, this one is pretty well cared for. I have not torn into the recoil spring in the stock to check its condition. Wondering if this is symptomatic of a weakened/old recoil spring? It is worth mentioning that I've noticed it happens mostly on upward shots such as birds crossing above my head. I am a big ol' monster...6'8" tall and 320 pounds...I'm wondering if the gun is not getting enough rearward motion to fully cycle on those upward shots. Maybe being big and solid is preventing it from coming back as much as it wants/needs to? Didn't use to be a problem though. Sure would appreciate any insight/suggestions you guys can offer. Thanks, Aaron Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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