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 Post subject: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:23 am 
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1930's era Savage 720 ejects cartridge then shell hangs up almost fully fed bolt stuck back. Pulling the bolt back gets it to feed. Does it maybe 6 times per 100 rounds. Ammo is estate 7 1/2 that did give issues in 3 other guns. Ithica 37 rough extraction once,Newer Mossberg 500 fail to feed,extract and fire,Browning A5 a few failures to cycle due to heavy setting.




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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:23 pm 
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Replace the springs no-one replaces (recoil and action/bolt closure) and clean the inside of that receiver out (has the receiver been gutted for cleaning in the last 50 years? (most NEVER get cleaned there)).

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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:14 pm 
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It was fully disassembled cleaned. every part was scrubbed clean even the springs and it still has the same issue. Might be the ammo but compared to a real A5 it isn't as smooth.The friction rings are set to light loads. I found this https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=233955 and he had the same issues and fixed it with a carrier latch but i don't know how or what to measure if that's the problem.....


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:38 pm 
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I too would have guessed it’s crud in the Action Spring Tube and/or the spring itself. It’s also possible that it’s the Carrier Dog Spring not lifting the new shell high enough. But most likely your gun just doesn’t like the ammo. Try some Federals or Remingtons before tearing into the gun again.


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:08 pm 
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I'll try some Herters,Remington gun club or something else but it could be that dog spring the gun is 90 years old I just don't want to throw parts at a $100 Shotgun. Any info on measuring this carrier latch would be appreciated. The parts look much cruder than the real Browning A5 maybe something is off....


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:19 pm 
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If you’re shouting ammo that is giving you problems in four guns.......try different ammo.


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:23 pm 
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How far does it throw the empties ?


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:07 pm 
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McFarmer wrote:
How far does it throw the empties ?

pretty far about 5 feet


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:08 pm 
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Rooster booster wrote:
If you’re shouting ammo that is giving you problems in four guns.......try different ammo.

Yeah that's the plan maybe Federal or Remington gun club. I heard Herters isn't very good but it's in all the chain stores...


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:08 pm 
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Herters and Estate are both straight walled shells. The something with a little taper should help.


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 Post subject: Re: Savage 720 Fail to Feed
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 11:28 pm 
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A year later and tore the thing apart so many times still same problem. On the plus side I can get it fully apart in 5 mins flat. Tried 2 carrier springs both didn't fit, polished sides of carrier, tried setting for heavy, light even no friction brass nothing works. Tried every brand of ammo out there 5 out of 25 rounds ejects and new round is stuck until I pull the bolt back and it feeds. Is it a timing issue, worn part, it seems like it doesn't lift it fast enough and it catches on the barrel Any ideas?




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