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SX3 20 gauge failure to feed

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Old 07-08-2019, 10:50 PM   #1
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SX3 20 gauge failure to feed

My new to me SX3 20 gauge field fails to feed about 1 in 15-20 shells.

The failure presents as follows.
Shotgun is fired, shell is extracted and ejected clear.

New shell is lifted from tube but then the front corner of the new shell gets hung up on the thin edge of the chamber (where the extractor cut out is located).

The action necessary is to pull the action open slightly and push the front of the shell slightly in.

When this happens to a shell it presses a crescent shaped imprint into the folded over section of the shell.

Upon inspection of empty shells that did cycle correctly it is possible to see where the edge of the chamber hit the shell but it did not get hung up.


Is there something I can do to keep this from happening.

I own a 12 gauge FN SLP and a 12 gauge SX3 ultimate Sport. I do not have these problems with either of these shotguns.

The feeding trouble occurs when the shotgun has been cleaned. It happens when it is dirty.

It happens with Wally World Federal and Winchester shot shells as well as high brass shot shells. All the shells are 2 3/4" long.

Can I make this shot gun run more reliable?

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Old 07-09-2019, 06:37 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Does this happen with a variety of ammo or only one type? have you tried others? Sometimes shell lengths are not consistent and might result in feeding issues.
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