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Old 09-18-2013, 11:41 PM   #11
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So I take the 1100 and change out parts with another, one at a time, firing after every exchange, changing out all parts including barrel......with no luck, still will not cycle the Winchester Universal

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Aha! Lots of guns have problems with Winchester Universals. The steel rims expand and grip the chamber creating excessive drag. I have seen Expresses, Novas, Mossbergs, and even a BPS being beat on the ground to try and eject these. You could try honing the chamber to make sure it is smooth and there is no plastic or other build-up at all. Easiest route is to use different shells. My 1100s will cycle them, but the rip the heck out of a lot of the shell bases doing it.

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Thanks. Hone the cylinder at the beginning, but I will go back and double check

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Maybe you had a typo, but I said hone the chamber, not the cylinder. An automotive drum brake wheel cylinder hone is best - even better than the gunsmithing hones Brownells sells for this. And way cheaper at any auto parts store. The straight stones will remove any ridges as well as polish it up nicely. The ball hones only polish any ridges.

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If you can download an owners manual for an 1100 the gas rings need to be in a certain order for low brass shells and in another order for high brass shells. I am not into remington products but I have seen people at deer camp changing the order of the gas ring and O ring for high brass shells to shoot buckshot. I have seen 1100's that were single shots unless everything was configured properly for the shells you are shooting.

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The 1100 does not use switchable rings. The gas piston and piston seal must be installed correctly and the same way for all loads. Anyone who switches them around has been listening to way too many old wives tales.

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Here is an interesting article. http://www.shootingtimes.com/2010/09/23/gunsmithing_st_1100loads_200808/

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This is good John Deere, thanks very much

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That is one of the better articles out there. I agree with him completely about NOT drilling gas ports out. Skeet barrels, and the new Sporting Target Contour barrels have larger ports to accommodate the mouse fart loads many want to shoot these days, and they caution against the use of heavy loads with those. Standard field ports are 0.079", and Skeet/Target are 0.086". However, the OP's gun should work with 1-1/8 ounce loads. I think it's the cheap Winchesters. An acquaintance broke two extractors running those in his Skeet barrel. After honing the chamber it rips the shell bases but they do cycle. Lot's of guns have problems with those. Does it work with the Federal or Remington WalMart value pack loads?

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I broke in my new Mossberg 500c with steel hulls and never had an issue. It does pump much smoother with AA shells but if times were hard I wouldn't hesitate to shoot steel hlls. The 500c does have a loose cylinder. You can feel it when I resize/deprime hulls. I can resize 12 ga full brass hulls with the same amount of energy.

Shot shells have gone up to the point that reloading is worth the effort and I am getting a great wad for the load I am shooting plus fiocchi shot is harder than most shot on the market.

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