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Model 50 Feeding Problems
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November 25, 2021 - 1:52 am
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I have a Model 50 Featherweight, great shape, Winchester vent rib, 26 inch IC barrel…feeding trouble. 

It is clean (very) , lubed, buffer plug backed off after contact with inertia rod…all done per tech manual instructions. Sometimes it will shoot maybe 5 or 6 shells OK…then inevitably a fired case will fail to eject, new shell from the magazine will jam against he empty at about a 30 degree angle, carrier jammed up, bolt jammed and frozen to the rear. 

At that point I have to disassemble the gun to remove the spent shell case, which requires removing the floating chamber and most of the time dropping the trigger group. 

I installed a new buffer / recoil / bolt return spring…I turned the buffer plug out 2 1/2 turns after contacting inertia rod with bolt locked open, tried less (2 turns), more (3 1/2 turns out – even 4 turns ) – I get pretty much the 1/8 rear bolt travel after lock open regardless of buffer plug position in tube…even to the point of last turn out on the buffer tube plug that will still allow inserting the teeny wire locking pin in place in those two little *&#@+#% holes (who designed that PITA system ?) …still get stove piping. 

I have tried different ammo, 1 ounce, 1 1/8 ounce loads, 2 3/4 dram, 3 dram, no joy, same outcome. I don’t work for NASA, but I realize it might be resulting from :

1. Expended empty shell opens too long to clear ejection port (they don’t). 

2. Bolt doesn’t come back far enough to eject empty shell (doubtful… seems to come back as far as it physically / mechanically can without leaving the receiver and ending up in my hat). 

3. Process of feeding is either occurring too fast, not allowing ejection of fired case (my guess) or too slow…bolt / floating chamber not recoiling fast enough or far enough to the rear to allow ejecting the empty & cycling the second or third shell into battery. 

Any ideas , suggestions or recommendations ( other than the suggestion I got from a pal…(“Sell it…Use you Remington 870 pump.” ) would be greatly appreciated !!!

Love the gun….but shooting ducks and doves with a single shot just makes a long day out there and aggravates my dog. 

I had a Model 50 steel receiver gun years ago…26 inch ribbed skeet choked barrel, gun had been beat like a government mule, blue mostly worn off, dents all over it, never did anything to it as to adjustment…it ran like a Singer sewing machine, smooth as silk. Rarely missed with it…should have gone to the Olympics, and I should have kept it ! Shoulda coulda….              Thanks,    KGM IMG_3064.JPG

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