I have a 1894 CB limited in .44mag. It has had a problem with feeding shells since I purchased it. Contacted Marlin and was told it was a break in issue and would stop after a few hundred rounds. Many hundreds of rounds later, three gunsmiths looking at it, and it a shell will still periodically hang up when it's feeding into the chamber. I've tried multiple different types of ammo, some pretty darn expensive and it still does it. Anyone else experienced this problem?
How often is periodically? If the gun is cycled quickly, such as in CAS use, a shell will sometimes hang up, and you have to "double clutch" the lever. Most of my Marlins do this, it is an ammo problem, not a gun problem, since it happens sometimes and sometimes not.
On a couple of my Marlins for Cowboy Action use, I have taken a Scotchbrite pad and wrapped it around an old brass bore brush and spun it in the chamber with a drill in an attempt to smooth the chamber. It did seem to help, but sometimes a case will still not slide right in.
I just assume it's something that will happen and live with it. I think the only way to completely eliminate it would be to funnel the chamber and make it slightly bigger but I really don't want to do that because if you go too far you'll ruin the gun.
I have more guns than I need, but not as many as I want.
What you describe sound like a sharp edge on the chamber mouth, very common. Have your gun smith or yourself put a small radius on the bottom edge of the chamber mouth. That should stop the scraping as the round chambers.
Originally Posted by Saddle Tramp
Read this and maybe give it a try. Look for rough edges on the extractor while you have it out! Worked for me. The extractor is probably just stiff.
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