Paul, have her try that load before you screw around with the gas ports. Let us know if she can work with that and it doesn’t beat her up. Good shooting, Rey
I'll bet JPM's gun was previously opened a bit. Those guns were not designed for extra light loads. Its common practice to open the ports a littleTook the gun apart tonight. (Hope I can get it back together!!!!). I now see the holes (what everyone is referring to as the gas ports). Yes, It needs a complete cleaning....but the insides of this gun looks new. The trigger looks virtually unshot. The barrel is not a magnum barrel. It is marked 12 GA. 2 3/4" - 32" on the left side and "special trap" in gold lettering on the right side. The gas ports do need cleaned, but it really doesn't look that bad (not that I would know the difference). The inside of the gun is completely dry....no sign of any oil or grease of any kind. Might that be part of the issue? It sounds like JPM has no problems with light loads!!!!
If you're not able to find the spring from the sites other members mentioned. You can buy OEM parts through colegun.com they should have an action spring in stock. If they don't they'll order them for you from Italy. You can see what parts are available in Italy by looking on the website www.omps2.it/en/where do you buy your 303 recoil springs from?
So my wife wanted to try her hand at trap. She's is petite and recoil sensitive, so I scored an autoloader for her. She loves the gun and actually broke about 8 birds her first time out (no doubt a result of amazing coaching). The gun I found was VERY lightly used....cannot tell it from new. I scored some one ounce loads for her and they would not cycle thru the gun. I tried my factory 1-1/8 1145 loads, and those cycled just fine. Is there a spring or something I can change out to allow her to use 1 oz loads, or should I have her stick with 1-1/8? Thanks!
Might want to try some 1 oz loads between 1200 and 1235 FPS. Still not as stiff as 1145 - 1-1/8 oz.Wife shot it this morning. It is butter smooth. But still will not cycle the 1 oz 1180 loads. Cycles the 1-1/8 1145 flawlessly. Strangely, she couldn't tell the difference between the two shells. So I think we are set. Thanks for the education.
Hi Paul -I would really like to have her shoot the 1 oz loads. In addition to cleaning the thing really well and shooting some handicap to break it in, I'm going to try some different brands as well.