Originally Posted by ColdIron44
Rome, everyone's given you some great answers. The only thing I didn't see addressed was your concern of damaging the shells you are loading. A previous comment mentioned that a forceful primer strike is necessary for detonation. Shotshells truly can withstand a great amount of abuse before compromising safety. I've shot shells that were bent almost to a 45 degree angle. I don't recommend this lax approach to safety, but 9 times out of 10, if your gun will chamber the shell, it'll fire properly. To address the brass scraping on the bottom of the elevator; that's just part of shooting, and it's normal, I know you want your prized purchase to shine like new, but the mechanics of your firearm require an abrasive contact in that area. The elevators on most of my shotguns have line worn away in the finish. I gave up cleaning that brass line a long time ago, and it doesn't affect safety or functionality in the least.
I'll reiterate that I understand your desire to have a gun that functions properly according to the owner's manual. But when you get your gun back, and are finally able to unload shells in the desired fashion, I think you'll discover something neat; You are going to unload FAR more shells by firing than you will out of the magazine tube! Get out to the range and see what I mean. Congrats on the purchase, that's a fine firearm and she'll serve you well. Good luck
Thank you for addressing my concern of the scraping shells. The cosmetic problem of the "scrape line" doesn't matter, just the safety/"shouldn't be there" aspect bothered me. I will have to check out the things that the poster above you pointed out, after removing the barrel.
If the action isn't totally closed it would have to be because of a physical problem in the gun (because I am slamming it shut, the action locks, and there is a ringing of metal clanging that hangs in the air like a tuning fork).
To close the action after it is fully open is INCREDIBLY stiff. The gun store owner said "stiffest he had ever seen out of a box". It feels like it gets *stuck* open until you slam it closed. There is no possibility of a smooth closing of the action. It's either open entirely or slammed shut after it unsticks from the fully open position.