Sounds like either you have crud inside the magazine tube, keeping the follower from being pushed back, or there is an issue with the mag follower spring being kinked, damaged, or binding- OR there is a problem with the follwer itself. Disassemble, inspect (checking for any crimps or burrs inside the tube that will block the follower), clean, lube VERY lightly, try again. Ran into this on an older marlin 32-20 lever- follower had been damaged, and was cocking sideways inside the tube.
Last edited by c3shooter; 05-04-2008 at 04:10 PM.
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