Nice Model. Color Case Hardening, Saddle Ring and the simplest of engraving.
When operating the lever, you should find three distinct resistances.
1. The initial unlock of the bolt
2. The resistance to begin the movement of the bolt (offered by the hammer)
3. The last 3/16th of bolt movement (offered by the cam/snap of the lifter.
I can apply sufficient pressure to the lifter to cause it to drop. Much more than I would expect from a round being moved.
It should drop, but not flop.
From another location on the web* by J Miller
"A: Check the loading gate ( spring cover ) screw. Make sure it's tight, but don't strip it, the threads are super fine. Open the action, with a finger from the inside push the spring for the cover against the inside of the receiver while tightening the screw.
B: Check the cartridge guide screws, they can loosen up. Make sure both cartridge guides are there. Tossing a live round out the top can happen if one of the guides is missing. Feeding problems happen when they are loose.
C: Open the action slowly and see if the cartridge lifter snaps up when the bolt is fully open. If it does, stick your finger in and push it down. It should snap down. If it just flops up and down the carrier spring is probably broken. Or it's screw is loose. Seen both those things."
A couple of schematics (one with nomenclature)
Look. I have one too!