Educate me on the Franchi


November 10, 2007, 01:36 PM
I'll confess to being a bit unfamiliar with semi-auto shotguns except for a Remington 1100 I had briefly a few years back. Now I have a Franchi light 12 which I'm having a problem with concerning shells left in the magazine. I think you have to load the magazine first and then load one shell in the open chamber to get the ball rolling so to speak. In other words I don't believe by closing the bolt with the magazine loaded that it will pick up the first round in the mag. tube. On the reverse side if you rack the bolt to eject the loaded round, it doesn't pick up the next round as well. What is the correct procedure for loading/unloading and removing any shells in the magazine tube?

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November 10, 2007, 02:10 PM
The Franchi 48 is one of the all time favorites for uplands. You will need to get used to the long recoil action.

To unload the magazine, push the bolt release button, push in the carrier, and stick your finger into the bottom of the receiver. Push in the shell latch and remove the loads one at a time. The shell latch is on the left side of the interior of the receiver. It is a flat piece of metal that releases the loads when the gun is fired so that the load can be lifted by the carrier and the bolt pushes it into the chamber.

I hope this helps.

November 11, 2007, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the response, I'll give it a try later today and let you know how it goes.

November 11, 2007, 10:33 PM
to load it, you can place one in the receiver with the bolt locked back and then release the bolt, loading one in the chamber, followed by loading the magazine. Unload as described above.

November 12, 2007, 07:37 PM
I was able to unload the magazine tube by using the latch as described. Funny how I hadn't noticed the darn thing. Thanks for the heads up. Is there also an adjustment with this shotgun concerning the use of high or low brass to ensure proper cycling? I've had this gun for several years but to be honest never had any reason to use it until now, and don't have an owners manual.

November 12, 2007, 08:24 PM
Yes, there is an adjustment for heavy or light loads. It is the beveled friction ring on the front end of the recoil spring around the magazine tube.

One end of the ring is beveled and the other end is square. You turn the ring around to change from heavy to light loads. Right now, I forget which way is which and I'm too lazy to dig out my Owner's Manual on it. Perhaps someone reading this will remember which way is for heavy and which way for light loads.

EDIT: OK, I looked it up. Put the beveled edge forward (toward the muzzle) for heavy loads. Reverse it for light loads.

November 15, 2007, 07:46 PM
Thanks Pete, when I get a chance I will check that out.

November 15, 2007, 07:56 PM
I shoot a 20 at pheasants. It's a wonderful, light and dependable shotgun.

November 15, 2007, 08:27 PM
Sounds alot like my Browning Light Twelve Auto Five:)

November 16, 2007, 07:23 PM
I believe that the action is the same - you probably know that since you put the :) in your reply...

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