Shotgun Broke in Half While Busting Clays

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by 007BondJamesBond007, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    My wife single shot Ithaca M66 12 Gage 3" Full Choke broke in half at the receiver. We were using Wally World Federal bulk 2 3/4 #8 shot when she noticed the gun open and ejected the shell without here releasing the lever. Second shot it did the same. The the barrel fell off. I never scene this happen before with a single shot I was magnum rated gun so low powered loads should not have been an issue. She ended up finishing with my friend Browning auto. We are now looking for a Browning auto for her. I told her we need to get two one for me.
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  2. spittinfire

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    Wow! Any sign of fatigue in the metal? How about some close up shots of the actual break.
     

  3. 007BondJamesBond007

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    Looked like there is coating in the crack.
     
  4. spittinfire

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    Sorry, your picture isn't very clear. If there is something in the crack that indicates the metal was failing for a little while and finally let go. It could be oil or solvents from cleaning.
     
  5. 007BondJamesBond007

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    The top corner that is light is cerakote the rest of the break is the dark metal.
     
  6. DrumJunkie

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    Best I can see it appears to have some of the coating in the crack. So they "painted" a broke weapon. Wow!:eek:
     
  7. orangello

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    Wow, i hope that isn't the case. :eek:

    Nice looking shotty; my dad has had a 12 guage Ithica with that lever release for most of my life. I always found the lever release thing odd. His isn't that pretty.
     
  8. 30-30remchester

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    These were entry level guns. Anytime something is inexpensive then quality is iffy. The recievers are a "mystery metal" casting. I have seen others of this model break in half.
     
  9. 007BondJamesBond007

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    My wife is looking to buy a FRANCHI I-12
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  10. skullcrusher

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    Looks like abuse through slamming it closed too hard to me. Look at the bent part under the break action. Maybe a combo of slam open and slam shut...
     
  11. 007BondJamesBond007

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    I got the gun used and never fired it till I had it refinished. There is coating in the crack. I think the bend started when the cracked widen.
     
  12. 007BondJamesBond007

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    Replaced With Franchi I 12 Diamond

    I replace the wife's shotgun.
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