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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

I just picked up a Tristar 12ga semi yesterday for FREE, with the knowledge that it doesn't cycle shells correctly. This does not appear to be the "Viper" because it is chambered for 3-1/2" shells.

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When you shoot the first shell, the second shell is cycled into the chamber before the first can be fully ejected. The second shell coming up from the magazine catches the first and pushes it against the top of the of the receiver and the action will not close. I shot 2-3/4", 3", and 3-1/2" shells and the result it the same for all shell lengths. Is this a common problem? Is there a known fix for this? Thoughts?

Also, does anyone know if the safety is reversible on this gun? I'm a lefty.

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This is a reenactment of what happens (with two empty shells)

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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

As an added note, when only one shell is loaded the gun cycles perfectly fine.
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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

Sounds like there is a timing problem with the carrier or the stop is allowing the next shell to go into the carrier before it is time to do so..



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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

What might cause my TriStar Shotgun to have cycling issues?
There are many reasons why a gun might have trouble cycling shells. First, make sure you have thoroughly cleaned your shotgun. Use good synthetic gun oil to clean and avoid using compounds such as WD-40, as this congeals and causes more harm than good. Second, make sure that your O-ring is in the correct place (see manual or call TriStar Customer Service). Third, a shotgun has many moving parts, when it is new it can be tight, sometimes just running a few heavy rounds though it will loosen it up and work out the problem. Fourth, not all ammo is created equal. There are a few light target loads on the market that do not function very well in any semi-automatic (some of these loads will say this directly on the box of shells).

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I'd send it back to the manuf. they have a 5 year warranty.

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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

I did see that on their website after I posted this. Unfortunately the gun appears to be from 2006 so the warranty is gone. I'm going to try cleaning up tonight and see what happens.
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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

Check to see if the stop that keeps the shells in the tube magazine is extended out all the way. It could be gunked up and not comming out far enough to keep the next shell from jaring loose before it is supposed to. The problem is in your feed from your description of the problem.



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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

I quickly noticed that the extractor was broken off flush with the bolt so I called Tristar today and within a few minutes I was on the phone with their parts department and got a new extractor on order. I asked him if there was anything else I should consider replacing while I have the gun apart but he seemed pretty confident that the extractor would solve the problem. He said it would ship out today or tomorrow and the total cost was $13.50 with shipping.
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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

Pretty good deal if a new gun only costs you $13.00.



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Re: Tristar 12ga semi shell cycling???

Yeah that's what I'm hoping! haha
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