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Many members at local goose club are shooting the Benelli SBE. Half way thru the season, as the new guns start to wear in from many shots, the members are having a problem with jams. The jams only occur when SBE is pointed up at high angle. When held level they shoot just fine and don't jam. This is happening to several members, so it is not a single bad SBE or poor maintenance. Tom Knapp has the whole Benelli factory to keep his gun working so that is not a fair comparison.

Any of you SBE owners ever have this problem?
 

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I have seen that Benellis can have lots of reliability problems- just because they are great with advertising claiming reliability and low recoil doesnt make it so

We had a yuppie gun store in town (just closed) that for years sold benellis for more than retail and the sales guy sold them to yuppies. Even the past regional Benelli rep now shoots and prefers Berettas

I have a couple of them and they are ok gun= feel good- balance good- kick like shi* and maybe would be the gun to have in Argentina for 10s of thousands of rounds in a week- who knows.. I added a mercury recoil reducer and its weight and maybe the mercury moving help somewhat- It actually seemed reliability improved with the addition of the weight--

It seems to vary from gun to gun-

regards from Iowa

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When you say "jam", do you mean the bolt doesn't close completely? That is the only design flaw I have seen on the gun. Sometimes the bolt will not completely close.
 

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Couldn't be happening. You need to say benelli with awe and reverence in your voice.Jeff
 

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Really? A Benelli jamming? That's not supposed to happen especially when you spend over $1200 for an Autoloader! A guy had one in the goose blind a few years back and it didn't cycle after the first shot...My Browning Gold and I were left to clean up...I love when guys shoot Benelli's it leaves more for me to shoot because they all turn into single shots..
 

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Luckyman, The guy asked a simple question. There is no need to make such comments. We all know you're a Browning lover.

Lets simply try to help the guy.
 

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try wiping all the surface oil off - and use teflon or similar based light gun oil- just leave a very light coating

If that doesnt work- use dry teflon - you can get a bike shop or mold release or even at menards although there are some gun products (they just cost more)

Make sure the bolt head is clean- even a speck of gunk will delay the gun enough to cause all sorts of cycle problems

Finally- you can hold it too loosley-- try a more firm hold and see if you have that problem

regards from Iowa

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Or my favorite... I bought a 3 1/2 inch Benelli but I only shoot 3 inch shells in it. HA-ha-ha.... and why? because they kick so hard they will loosen the filings in your teeth. No thanks...
 

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I have owned three of those Benelli's. Everyone of them jammed. I even sent them back to factory for them to only Polish the bolt. I finally got smart and went to Beretta. Never had a malfunction with it, and I will shoot several thousand rounds through it a year
 

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I apologize for my synisism but everyone that shoots Benellis and Berettas are very quick to bash Browning shooters as we have seen from numerous threads...

I have heard the spring in the in-line intertia bolt return mechanism can become weak and not push the bolt forward far enough to close the action and will cause the gun to not shoot...That is what happended to my friends Benelli when we were goose hunting...I heard you can replace the inertia spring and it will solve that problem...Hope this helps!
 

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I never had a Benelli jam and I own several. Im not saying it never happens because in waterfowl hunting many different conditions exist sometimes in the same day. If anyone hates their Benelli guns so muc h and thinks theyre junk you can email me with what you have and I will happily give you junk price for them, mine dont jam beni
 

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I have never had a Benelli jam. The only issue that I've had with a Benelli SBE1 is to accidently put in a low power shell and fire it. The recoil will be powerful enough the cycle the gun but when you pull the trigger on the next round you may hear a click. I have to shoot at least handicap powered loads through my SBE1. Now by M1S90 can handle everything except 3.5". In real cold weather I basically fire my SBE1 "dry" with no lubrication what so ever and haven't had any issues. I was pheasant hunting several years ago in single digits temps and was suprised at how many autoloaders weren't functioning properly. Most/all of the time it wasn't the firearms fault more like owner issues. You have to properly maintain any firearm especially in really cold weather. 3 in 1 oil isn't good at 5 degrees.
 

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I shoot 3.5" shells in my Win SX2 and recoil is not a problem---Now I don't shoot a box but when shooting at deer or ducks I don't feel recoil and never had a jam yet---Hate to say never---MYSTIC---
 

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Don't own one anymore but have several friends that still shoot the original Black Eagle. They have found that running them really wet with break free eliminates any operation problems. They can become really dry and not work in the conditions most are used in. Just keep the oil running thru them and see if that helps. Also sure cycle makes an aftermarket recoil tube out of stainless with a stainless spring that has cured many a feeding problems with them. It is about 130.00 bucks but is lifetime guaranteed. Also tell your friends to leave the action closed when in storage as keeping the action open for extended periods of time will weaken the action spring and cause problems as well.
 

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Could they be using a lubricant that is too thick? A little light oil usually goes a long way in a Benelli. I have personally not ever heard of the "a lot of reliability issues" that one of the posters has reported on this thread. I have a Benelli Cordoba, similar to the SBE, and it has never jammed. Thousands of shells, both new and reloads. My brother-in-law has a Super Black Eagle II and he loves it. He can load it with three different sizes and they will all shoot flawlessly. They are incredible guns. No gas ports to clog at the most inopportune moments. Neil
 

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Hey Jeff the idea of owning a SBE or Nova is having the option of shooting any of the shell lengths. A guy could rabbit hunt with 23/4 in., jump shoot ducks or hunt geese over decoys with 3 in., or pass shoot geese or hunt coyotes with 3.5 in shells. Whatever they want those guns will handle it beni
 
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