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are some brands of shells more prone to jam?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mooseman, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Mooseman

    Mooseman Well-Known Member

    I have a cheap Chinese Ithaca 37 clone which has been pretty iffy when loading shells into the chamber. I've mostly put cheap gun show ammo through it. I find that when cycling the action with the plastic snapcaps I can't get the cycling problem to occur. I had written off the pump as unreliable but now I'm starting to wonder if it isn't more of an ammo issue. Any thoughts or similar experiences?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2007
  2. boredelmo

    boredelmo member

    Ammo can definitely be a problem, if a shell is larger by just a little, that could be the problem.

    But in general, first thing one would do to try to remedy the problem is a thorough cleaning/oiling, esp in the chamber. Maybe even some minor abrasive in the chamber (flitz).
  3. ARGarrison

    ARGarrison Well-Known Member

    Ammo can be a big problem. S&B made cheap 12 gashotgun slugs (maybe they still do) and on fireing them in a Mossberg 500 they locked the action up to the point you nearly had to have a hammer to pound the slide back to open the action.
  4. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    remington shells jam in my winchester model 12 20 gauge
    whilest winchester shells dont.
  5. BridgeWalker

    BridgeWalker Well-Known Member

    Fiocchi shells refused to eject from my old cheap Rossi 20 gauge. Yeah, brands can make a huge difference.
  6. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Gun Clubs often stick in my 870s. So, I shun them.
  7. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    Snap caps are generally a bit smaller than live ammo. The best bet would be to try other brands of ammo in the gun to see what, if anything, works.

    The chamber on your gun may be either rough or undersized which is always a distinct possibility with guns coming from China.
  8. ronto

    ronto Well-Known Member

    Ejection problems with Winchester in my old Stevens 12ga pump...Never a problem with Remington.
  9. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Sometimes the 100-shell 'promo-value packs' have problems with SOME shotguns. More folks seem to have problems with the Winchester 100-round promo packs than the other {Rem & Fed} brands.

    Your Mileage Will Vary
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2007

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