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agoodmojo
April 16, 2011, 12:10 PM
My son was shooting trap and after about 50 shots it locked closed with his spent shell in side? we were loading one shot at a time to shoot, anyway it wont break open now. Got any ideas on how are why this happened? Thanks Mike O.

zippy13
April 16, 2011, 06:41 PM
Factory shells or reloads?

Couzin
April 16, 2011, 07:39 PM
Could be several things. If you are sure there are no live shells in it (still point it safely), try taking off the forestock to relieve some pressure and try the locking lever again (hard push). If nothing then, and not even a little movement, then the several things part becomes obvious. The firing pin punched through the primer and is stuck (forcing it free will probably bend/break the pin); the firing pin broke or is mushroomed so that it is holding the barrel (could elongate the firing pin hole and gouge the breech face); the locking lever dog or screw broke which will leave the locking lug engaged (disassembly time); there is a burr that developed on the receiver breech face and it captured the shell (it should be able to move slightly - at least enough to get the gun open). Just FYI - I have heard of the locking lug giving folks a problem with the Citori because of a habit of slamming the action shut. Recommendation used to be to hold the locking lever open while closing. I've never done that, and with thousands of round out of several Citoris, never had a problem. But I don't slam em either - just a polite lift and that satisfying thunk/click...

oneounceload
April 17, 2011, 01:35 PM
Recommendation used to be to hold the locking lever open while closing.

No, don't do that - it needs to gently wear in - you can easily close the action and accomplish the same thing - don't slam it closed or pop the lever and flip t open - that reduces stress on the hinge pin

If the gun is closed and hard to open, it sounds like it MIGHT be a hot load - think metallic with an overpressure load - same analogy

zippy13
April 17, 2011, 04:40 PM
Oneounce, from agoodmojo's limited report, we don't know if the top lever is stuck, or free -- a hot load or normal. It could be the dog or the dog pin has failed and has disconnected the lock block from the thumb lever. Or, as Couzin suggested, it could be as simple as a pierced primer or broken firing pin spring.

BigJimP
April 18, 2011, 05:21 PM
To the OP - did you manage to get it open ??

oneounceload
April 18, 2011, 06:18 PM
Usually, you should be able to remove the forearm and then break the gun open and remove the barrels

Tombstonejim
April 18, 2011, 06:23 PM
I just love it when people ask questions get answers and never reply back if any of them worked.

hopper810
April 19, 2011, 06:30 AM
I just love it when people ask questions get answers and never reply back if any of them worked.


Same here,but I'm glad that there are folks that will gladly answer the same questions over and over and----:)

Or even a thank you would be nice.:confused: