cdogg44 Posted November 8, 2004 Share Posted November 8, 2004 After assembling my new SBEII LH Friday I took it out and shot it some. I had a box of 2.75", 3", and 3.5" all Federal, all No. 2 shot, and the 2.75 being 1(1/8) oz (the minimum recommended). Anyway, the 3 and 3.5's shot fine (and honestly the 3's felt like they kicked just as much as the 3.5's, whereas the 2.75's were nothing). After shooting around 5 of the larger shells, I loaded up three 2.75's, just to see if I would run into any cycling problems. Well, I did...the second round didn't cycle into the barrel correctly (although the 2nd to 3rd cycle did work). I guess I'm off to buy some turkey loads and abuse my shoulder. Here are my main questions. I took it out again to shoot today, and started off with some 3 inchers. The first shot didn't cycle correctly and left the shot casing hung between the barrel and the bolt trying to close on it. I removed it, and shot the remaining two shells. After the last shell was shot, as always, the bolt remains to the rear, which it did in this case. However, upon tipping the gun down to carry it, it sounded like something was loose inside. I looked it all over and it seemed to be fine. Then I tried to load two more 3 inchers (and as far as I can tell I am loading them correctly, by making sure the gun is cocked, and then with the bolt forward, pushing two shells in from the bottom of the gun into the magazine, and then pulling the bolt back by hand while simultaneously sticking the third shot in the chamber.) Thing is, it was extremely difficult to load the shells in the bottom of the gun. The angle they were coming in at made it hard to load them. They would load, but it took a lot of force that it didn't need to take, something's gotta be up with it. So I brought it home, took the barrel off, and removed the bolt. This is where I found my noise. If I tilt the bolt up and down, it sounds like something is sliding up and down inside of it (I haven't taken it apart, but going by the disassembly in the Benelly manual, it is probably the "bolt recoil spring. I suspect this because when I push in the "locking head", the noise disappears.). I don't remember the gun making this noise Friday, but I just might not have heard it. Is this normal? What about the tough loading situation? Any ideas? It seems as if the lever thing on the bottom just isn't tucking itself up into the gun far enough to allow for a better angle to load the shells. 2.75's load easier than the 3's and 3.5's. Thanks to all, and I apologize for writing a book on the subject, but feel that the more information I give you will result in a better answer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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