Bearfoot Tracker Posted May 7 Share Posted May 7 If you have read/followed my two previous threads about the 20 Gauge AA factory ammo, and 20 gauge Stoeger extractor work, I believe it is all done .... NO MORE LIGHT PRIMER STRIKES. Time will tell. I had bought a new Stoeger Uplander Youth for my wife, and I lightened the break open lever spring as she could barely push the lever (her hands and wrist were very week). After that, she still could not break open the gun so I sent it to a cowboy gunsmith for tuning. Long story short ..... we were getting lot of light primer strikes (5-7 / box of shells) that I have been trying to resolve over the past month. We just got back from the range. Shot 1.5 boxes of factory AA ammo, and 1/4 box of reloads. NO LIGHT PRIMER STRIKES. What I think I have learned through this whole experience: 1. Immediately clean and lube the inner workings of your Stoeger SxS upon purchase, and test it out thoroughly before having any work done. 2. Shoot the gun a bit before having any work done to it .... the gun actions may lighten up over a little time shooting. 3. If you need to have it tuned, be specific with the gunsmith what you want done. There are YouTubes available as to what can be done (don't take off too much metal when polishing). 4. Do not lighten up the break open lever spring too much, it has other functions besides the break open lever. 5. I do not believe there is a need to bevel/funnel the entire chamber mouth of the gun (just the upper 1/3 of the chamber mouth to help in sliding the shells in from the top (others may disagree). 6. I do not believe there is a need to do any work to the extractor unless absolutely needed. If you are having light primer strikes after the above is done, try these fixes one at time and test before moving to next: 1. Check the inside of the butt stock to make sure the hammers are not rubbing against the wood, and if so, sand the inside down a little. 2. And while you are doing the above, clean and lube the internal actions again. 3. Stiffen up the break open lever spring. 3. Make sure you do not have any open head space, and the gun is closing tightly, fix if needed. 4. Install extended SS firing pins. After receiving back from gunsmith, this is what I did to the gun and tested after each step: 1. Installed extended SS firing pins. Still had light primer strikes. 2. Stiffened up break open lever spring a little. Still had light primer strikes. 3. Sanded a little off the inside of the butt stock. Still had light primer strikes. 4. Stiffened up break open lever spring a more, and installed some card stock washers on the extractor rod. Had less light primer strikes. 5. Installed e-clip on extractor rod (to resolve headspace issue), sanded more wood on stock, cleaned/lubed internal workings. NO MORE LIGHT PRIMER STRIKES. If I was to do the above items again, I would have done them in a different order. Thanks for everyone's suggestions on possible fixes, and things not to do next time around. It was appreciated. 8 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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