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Old 08-05-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default Mossberg 88 locked up on me today.

I finally got around to taking my shotgun to the range today to give it an airing out. First five rounds went fine. Reloaded and went for a second run. After I fired the first round the pump just wouldn't cycle.

The action lock lever was stuck about halfway in and wouldn't move. So obviously the forearm wouldn't move. I tried everything I could think of, short of taking it by the barrel and smacking it on the ground (It did cross my mind).

When I got it home i removed the barrel and tried again, It broke free and finally expended the empty shot shell. I have broken it all the way down, cleaned and oiled, and the action works as well as it always has. This is the only problem I have experienced.

Anyone else have this problem? Insight?

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Old 08-06-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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What kind of shells were you using? Unless your chamber is really polished, you may run in to issues with the cheapies, and yours isn't the only one.

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What kind of shells were you using? Unless your chamber is really polished, you may run in to issues with the cheapies, and yours isn't the only one.
I was using some Winchester white box, bird shot. It was cheap, and I was only interested in gun function.

What shells should I use?
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how many round thru it? is it broke in?and you do get what you pay for

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carry some remoil with you had a 870 express did the same thing after about 50 rounds just had to give the action a douch and it went back to working

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That's funny my 870 did that rite out the box Wat part did you put oil on

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I had a 20ga 1100 that was really picky, I took the barrel off and put a dowel in my cordless drill, cut a slot in the dowel and added a few pieces of 220 grit sand paper and reemed the chamber out a touch. It doesnt take much, just enough to much it shiny. I actually had to do the same thing to the magazine tube. Works great now.

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My son had a shell malfunction during shotgun deer slug season , the brass blew out the side and it caused a lock up, Im not sure if maybe he didnt have the chamber closed all the way before he fired the second round because it happened on his second shot , I heard it go off 50 yards away and it sounded almost like a squib round . Had to unload from the bottom , remove the barrel and finally get it out . PITA but this was on a winchester so I know Im not much help but any chances the chamber wasnt locked shut ?

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I finally got around to taking my shotgun to the range today to give it an airing out. First five rounds went fine. Reloaded and went for a second run. After I fired the first round the pump just wouldn't cycle.

The action lock lever was stuck about halfway in and wouldn't move. So obviously the forearm wouldn't move. I tried everything I could think of, short of taking it by the barrel and smacking it on the ground (It did cross my mind).

When I got it home i removed the barrel and tried again, It broke free and finally expended the empty shot shell. I have broken it all the way down, cleaned and oiled, and the action works as well as it always has. This is the only problem I have experienced.

Anyone else have this problem? Insight?
Do you have any aftermarket party like scope or heat shields
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That problem is not uncommon with the Winchester Universals and White box. I'm not saying it happens to everyone, but it's not rare.

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