I never removed the spring until tonight. I have the old metal follower and its late and I didn't remove the follower but I will probably tomorrow. You guys have helped and I think we are on the right track now with the tube and follower. If I have one in the tube and I push a dowel repeatedly up the tube it seems the round gets stuck somewhere in the tube sometimes but not all the time. A also noticed that sometimes if I push the first round so its nose it pointed down the second round will load fine. I can't do this consistently though. The only thing that works consistently is if open the action about 1/8', then I am able to push the second round in every time. I am using dummy rounds with 160grn RNFP to test with (no primer or powder) OAL 2.485. I didn't remove the follower to look at it because it didn't come out but did slide freely back and forth. Thanks everyone for your knowledge and patience!