Any Franchi 20Ga AL owners?
I bought a 20 ga AL for my grand son a year ago. I always had him load on shell at a time while shooting clay birds etc. Last winter I took him pheasant and chukar hunting my clubs private regulated hunting ground and I had him load two shells. Each time he shot, he only got one off because the gun didn't load the second shell. Since it is a recoil operated gun I chalked it up to him not pulling the stock hard enough against his shoulder. This was using Estate cartridge 7/8 ox of shot and 2 1/2 dram equivalent target loads. While getting ready to take him dove hunting in a couple of weeks I decided to clean the gun real well and take it out and shoot it myself. I took some of the estate loads and a box of Kent shells that are 2 3/4 dram of powder and 1 oz of shot both low base shells. The guy I bought the gun from gave me the Kent cartridge shells with the gun. I went out today and tested the gun. I could not get the gun to cycle with the 2 1/2 dram 7/8 oz loads but it worked like a champ with the 2 3/4 dram 1 oz loads. Now Before anyone say it, yes I have the governor ring facing in the right direction for light loads. I called Franchi customer service when I got home and the tech told me the gun should work with 2 1/2 dram equilivant 7/8 oz loads. He said they were having problems with the ALs and light loads and if I send it back to them at Pocomo city MD they would work on it. Problem is, I wouldn't get it back before dove season and I only have the kid for a couple of days do to him being an ice hockey player. Long story I know, but the reason is to see if anyone else has had a similar problem with an AL and what did you do to solve it?
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