Ok after having read through a lot of threads on how to make this gun easier to load it seems the safest consensus is to bend the latch and polish. I have no problem with the polish part but I am hesitant to bend without an extra shell stop lying around in case I screw it up too badly. PLUS I am not too enamored of the idea of reducing the purchase of the latch on the shell rim. It occurred to me another option might be to cut shallow slits into the shell latch face reducing the overall surface