Been shooting rifles my whole life, and only just bought a shotgun to tap the wonderful world of waterfowl. Chose an over & under, which breaks open to load/unload. (I’m a minimalist, one shot-one kill, only shoot 1 bird per outing, so this old fashioned type suits me.) I was appalled when I first assembled it and broke it open. I should say, pried it open!
And, no, this is not a lubricant issue. I knew enough to realise straight away this is not right, and other hunters who have operated it agree. Any idea of rapid reload is out of the question with this thing.
My instinct is to take it into a gunsmith and have him pry apart the receiver or whatever is too tight. But when I spoke with a gunshop person on the phone the other day, he suggested I simply use the hell out of it until it straightens up.
For one thing, this ‘ride out the problem’ solution rubs me the wrong way. I am not the sort that puts up with slipshod half-measures. Secondly, I live in a big city and only rarely get out to hunt, so this non-solution would basically condemn me to a screwed-up piece forever.
Screw that noise.
Anyone ever encounter this bizarre problem?
A related problem—which I can live with—is that the break-open lever is likewise too tight, and won’t properly seat into its locked position. I hasten to add that I am not suggesting it is prone to falling open—only that the inactive position of 6 o’clock is never reached, and it rests in the 5 o’clock position, which is
sufficient to lock.
Hate Utah. Never coming back.