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Are the troublesome shells you use unfired commercially bought or fired reloads? If fired reloads, the heads may need resizing if you haven't already done so. If you are reloading hulls from a skeet field, sometimes the chambers from which they were shot may be slightly larger than your old pumps' chambers. Just a thought.... Gil

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Thank you GLS,
They are resized with the Mec collet on my Mec 9000.
But when I use new shells I have the same problem.
The only shells that work are the old Winchester shells, And they work as slick as could be.
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Is it the head or plastic or both that causes the issue? I've read where at the end of the life of old gunmakers' chamber reamers because of wear and resharpening, the tool is slightly smaller in diameter and reams smaller chambers. I read it on the internet so it has to be true. Google "Polishing shotgun chambers." There are several videos on the simple procedure using a chamber brush, fine steel wool, electric drill and oil. Might be worth trying, but it maybe the old chambers are a tad too tight and worth doing something to correct the issue. Good luck. Gil

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Some years back a cousin of mine brought me an Ithaca 37 to look at. It belonged to a friend of his & was having problems ejecting hulls (After firing). On opening the gun the extractor would jump the rim & leave the empty hull fully in the chamber. It belonged to a friend of my cousin & had been to a couple of "Gunsmiths". One had put in a new extractor. Don't know what the other did, but neither had helped him.

I took the barrel off, took one look into the breech, there was a big rusty spot about midway of the chamber. I went to the shop, removed the rust "Bulge" & then polished the chamber with mild abrasive so as to smooth it but not remove any measurable amount of metal.

The owner had sent along some of the shells which were giving him trouble. We shot several of them & they all ejected fine. My cousin moved to a different location a couple of rs later, but last I had heard it had given no more problems.


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Thanks GLS and 2-piper, The first gun that gave me trouble was the Ithaca 37, I looked in the chamber and it was very rough, it looked like someone had reamed the chamber with a corkscrew.
I used a chamber "Flex Hone" to polish it . It looked very much smoother but it still gave me trouble. I put it away and didn't use it for a long while.

Then I got the Remington 31 in 16 gauge and I again had trouble.
Then I thought of the ammo I was using and I tried various brands and I found the old Winchester dove and quail loads worked great in the Remington and so I tried the Ithaca 37 and Eureka! they worked in that gun too.

Now the problem is to find a stash of Winchester dove and quail hulls or find another new shell that will work.
Thanks for the help. Pete

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