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help...semi-auto woes ... now I have a expensive single shot

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I bought a American Arms ,Luigi Franchi , Black Magic 20Ga about ten years ago. It is a fun little gun and at 4.6 lbs it is easy to hunt with it all day. Prior to this gun I had a really old 12Ga pump that felt like an anvil at the end of the day.Switching to the 20Ga was a trade off , overall weight -vs- the 12Ga killing power. Needless to say, I put a lot rounds through that gun the first year just trying to improve accuracy.After about 500 rounds I could shoot a pretty consistant 23 out of 25 and runnin bunnies were usually in deep deep trouble... Now I dont hunt much, but killin clay birds is still fun and it fits my schedule better . Since that time Ive put another 1000 rounds on . When it was new it rarley ever dropped a round and then usually that was my fault by not shouldering tight. As time passed though it started dropping more and more until recently it has stopped ejecting altogether. Cleaning has never been an issue ( I think )
The thing comes apart without tools only takes about 10 minutes to clean.
As many times as Ive had this thing apart ( especially Lately )
I cant see anything that would cause the problem.

Has Anybody else had this problem ?

Is there a link to an exploded view ?

Where is the Gas tube ?

Which way does that bushing really go ?
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By "drop a round " I mean fail to extract or incomplete extraction, where the empty gets pinched in the action.Usually in that case it does allow a fresh round to get into the receiver but its blocked from getting into the chamber by the empty case that wont eject.

Thanks for the link
Yes it is a Black Magic and thank god there's no ports because I thought I was going blind. I have cleaned the recoil spring and tube and long bolt and connector pin and everything else
EXCEPT the core parts of the bolt... there are some really small roll pins that hold some rocker type latches and a couple other doo hickeys that I didnt have a diagram to put back together.

Could there be a gas port in the bolt that operates the ejector?

I soaked the bolt in alcohol and worked all the little moving parts until they felt free and not gritty , then compressed air ,
then oiled it with some stuff made for semi-autos then compressed air and a rag to remove excess. But if there are some ports in there... I guess they could still be plugged
It seemed like it came pretty clean . Heck it didnt seem very dirty to start with
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