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 Post subject: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:49 pm 
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Hello all.

I am the new owner of a 12ga pump shotgun, which has recently broken on me. I'm not mentioning the manufacturer or model, but suffice it to say it falls in the category of a well known value pump shotgun.

I'm getting back into shooting after 5+ years away, and my previous experience was with my .410 single shot and a 16ga bolt action (yes, a rarity). I purchased myself a pump. After about 400 shells, most of them target loads, I went to shoot with some friends to shake the gun down. Shooting slugs, target loads and 3.5 inch duck loads, I managed to break the pump away from the action.

I'm not sure what happened. I think either myself or one of the other guys didn't anticipate what the 3.5" shell would recoil like and my have held the pump forward during the recoil, or perhaps I have been too rough or have been carrying it wrong. I thought it best to consult the group of experts here.

I carry my gun usually with the chamber open, with my right hand on the pump, with the muzzle down. When I shoot, there is not much pressure on the pump forward. When I pump the action, I do so strongly, but I don't think excessively so - just enough to ensure that even with a hot barrel, I'm removing the shell and chambering a new one without much hesitation.

Anything here sound out of the ordinary?


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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:15 pm 
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Not really......knowing nothing but what you've discribed, I'll guess poorly manufactured parts or poor/mis assemblage.......Why not name the make and model? Someone on here most likely knows the gun and might be able to help....the way you have couched it all is like asking if it's colder in the summer or the mountains.......nobody here would be suprised at the failure of a shotgun made by anybody..........Art

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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:14 am 
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What broke? Did the action bars break at the forearm, or did something break in the receiver?

Some guns use synthetic forearms with pinned action bars, and the stocks have been known break at the pins. I've also heard of welds breaking where action bars are welded to the slide tube.

Twisting the forearm can put extra load on the action bars. Pumping in a straight line shouldn't causee a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:17 am 
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If it is a new gun, it should be covered under warranty. Call the manufacturer. Mark

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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:58 am 
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I just didn't want to turn this into a discussion of Mossberg vs Remington vs Benelli. Furthermore, I figured there is no reason to fault the manufacturer when I may have been responsible due to inexperience. All I was looking for is some guidance on how best to handle a pump shotgun.

I called the manufacturer and they have already shipped me a replacement part, so I should be set there.

Thank you for all of the responses!

Thank you all!


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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:20 am 
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Read the manual, and follow the directions. There are millions of pump shotguns out there being shot by all different levels of competence, and the vast majority of them work fine. I doubt it was something that you did wrong. Mark

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 Post subject: Re: Broke my new pump - my fault?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:03 pm 
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AngryRotarian;
If you would like some help, please tell us
1. What is the model and manufacturer of the gun
2. What ammunition were you using; manufacturer and specifications
3. What exactly "broke"
Hope this Helps;
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