Mossberg 88 locked up on me today.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Commocarl, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Commocarl

    Commocarl New Member

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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?
     
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  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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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.
     

  3. Commocarl

    Commocarl New Member

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    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?
     
  4. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    how many round thru it? is it broke in?and you do get what you pay for
     
  5. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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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
     
  6. BrooklynFaTs

    BrooklynFaTs New Member

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    That's funny my 870 did that rite out the box Wat part did you put oil on
     
  7. Badshot320

    Badshot320 New Member

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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.

    Badshot

    Moderator Note: This technique must be used with caution. There can be adverse consequences if not done properly
     
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  8. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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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 ?
     
  9. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Do you have any aftermarket party like scope or heat shields
     
  10. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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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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  11. Commocarl

    Commocarl New Member

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    Nope, nothing like that, I have a recoil reducing stock.

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/i-finally-got-around-finishing-my-shotgun-68486/

    I don't really like the "tactical" look of it, but it is easier on the shoulder. I did check that the stocks attachment screw is not protruding into the receiver.

    After I put it back together I cycled the heck out of it and couldn't reproduce the problem. I need to buy some dummy rounds and cycle those through. Hopefully that will give me some wear marks as a guide.

    Thanks for all the help and ideas!
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2012