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SuperNova Misfiring

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I just received my SuperNova from being serviced for a misfiring issue where the firing pin strikes the primer too softly or not at all. I was not able to fire the shotgun since the middle of goose season. The notes from 5-2-16 said the gun was inspected and and firing properly and Benelli could not duplicate the issue. I doubt they tested my gun in the freezer so I was not surprised when I shot the gun yesterday (a 65 degree spring day in Kansas) but I have lost all trust using it in the field during the winter duck/goose season.

 

I know there remains an issue with my gun since there was no repair made. Early in the season my gun was firing fine however, In the middle of a goose hunt I started having misfires and the gun has not fired during a hunt since. I cleaned the entire gun and inspected the firing pin and everything looked fine so I took it out for another hunt and same issue, the gun would not fire. It may be in issue where the SuperNova just can't handle the cold but I bought a Benelli over other brands because I believed it was the best gun for all conditions. I had to watch my 3 hunting buddies blasting geese as I sat there praying that the gun wouldn't misfire but all I was hearing was click after click. The other guns (a couple different brands and a SBE) where having no issues firing.

 

This was only my second year using this gun that I bought brand new. I have lost all trust in my SuperNova and will not use the gun in the field anymore. I have read people having the same issue so I feel Benelli has to know about this problem with the SuperNova. I hope my story is helpful for people looking for a waterfowl gun, the SuperNova will simply not fire in the late season in my experiences.

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Sorry to hear of your problems. A malfunctioning brand new gun is a miserable situation. Could you describe how you are lubricating your trigger pack? What brand of lubricant and so on.

 

I might even even try to create the problems by putting the trigger pack in the freezer and test how the hammer is falling. Some lubricants thicken up when it's cold. So they rob your hammer of its falling energy.

 

Personally i I do not run much lubricant on the trigger packs. I use grease on the sear contact points and maybe one drop around where the elevator linkage attaches to the trigger pack itself. Oh, and that same grease on the safety detent plunger.

 

Maid minimize the lubricant on the firing pin/spring as well.

 

The he only other potential issue is the round isn't fully chambered when the hammer falls.

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I have the same gun i hunt in northern utah it get cold here i had the same problem but it wasnt doin it in the cold just tear it apart and get into the fireing pin and wipe it down you can tear it apart in the feild its not hard to do that fixed me problem for me

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I'm a M1/M2 guy and don't shoot the Nova. However, your problem sounds suspiciously like the "Benelli Click" malady that vexes us semi-auto guys sometimes. More times than not, the issue comes down to the locking head not rotating completely into battery when the bolt goes forward. Looking at the schematics of the Nova bolt assembly, it appears that its locking head also rotates slightly to lock up the lugs into the barrel extension. The rotation is very slight but if it doesn't fully rotate the firing pin will not make contact with the primer. On the M1/M2 platforms, you can look at the position of the extractor to confirm complete rotation. If the locking head hasn't fully rotated, the extractor will be near the center of the ejection port. If the locking head has fully rotated, the extractor will be slightly above center of the ejection port.

Locking head NOT fully rotated: Note the position of the extractor

 

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Locking head fully rotated:

 

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Again, this is only conjecture on my part. Unless you're greasing up the firing pin (DO NOT) that may be hindering

forward momentum when cold, it MAY be that you're not moving the forend forward with enough force to fully rotate the locking head. In other words, don't baby it. That's what some would do with their M1/M2 bolt; press the release button and ride the bolt home. In many cases, letting the bolt forward under the power of the recoil spring ended their "Benelli Click".

 

Something to consider, since nothing else has worked as of yet.

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I bought a SuperNova for my son to hunt with.

Friday we went duck hunting in Nebraska. It was 8°F and the gun would not fire. Pull the trigger - CLICK - no bang. Later in the day we tried it again for some trap shooting and it worked mostly fine, there was one click one time, otherwise it functioned as expected.

I have always shot Remington 870 Express Super Magnums and never had trouble until my really old one finally had a component break. I opted to spend a few hundred dollars more on what I thought was a nicer gun for my son to use - and I had only ever heard great things about Benelli shotguns.

It is tough to describe the level of disappointment to watch him try the new gun in the field and have it not work. Fortunately a friend had a spare shotgun we were able to let him borrow so he was able to hunt and he had a good time, but the entire experience with the Benelli was extremely frustrating. At this point I just want my money back and I'll buy an 870 for him to use.

Benelli support has replied to a Facebook Message I sent them, so it is encouraging that they are responding, but still a frustrating experience.

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I have a Super Nova and the same thing happened to me twice in the last two weeks of bitter cold weather here near Steamboat Springs.  I have had two misfires with the temperature around 0 degrees.  Also the Cartridge carrier malfunctioned yesterday when I was pumping another shell into the chamber to get rid of the misfire round.  Very frustrating.  My buddy was using an old 870 which worked flawlessly all morning.  I have never had a misfire with my other shotguns until I purchased the Benelli Super Nova.  I cleaned the gun last night, which is still clean because the gun is new.  I'll see what happens this weekend.  The Kent misfire from two weeks ago showed the primer was not hid hard enough. Yesterday's Federal Black Cloud load fell in the snow and I could not find it.  It is very embarrassing to have an old 870 show up my new Benelli.

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The Benelli Brand should be flawless.  I purchased the Super Nova to be the tough Duck Gun for the Yampa River.  That is their reputation, rain, cold, what ever.  Not the case here!

 

 

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