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Re: Hammerless SxS ejection issue
I experienced a similar issue with my 1903 12 ga. After firing it was next to impossible to open. I contacted Jerry Andrews, who had done some previous work on my Smiths. he gave me suggestions to check: the shells, the chambers and also see if the extractor was hanging up. I changed shells..(two other brands) no difference, i polished the chamber, no change and the extractor was working smoothly. I sent jerry pictures of the shells and we both thought the firing pins were hanging up in the primer.you could see bright drag marks at the edge of the primer. he suggested I look at the firing pins. i removed the firing pins by removing the bushings. the pins appeared flattened, and slightly mushroomed on the end. the collar around the pin seemed to be slightly mushroomed. Jerry recommended rounding the ends of the firing pins and take down some of the mushrooming around the collars. I chucked each pin in my drill press and took a jewelers file and worked the pin end back to nearly round. i also worked down the slight mushrooming on the collar. Then I smoothed the pins with 0000 steel wool and finished with Simichrome polish. I cleaned out where the firing pins rest, lightly oiled the pins and replaced them. I've put four boxes of target ammo thru the gun with no further hard opening. Jerry Andrews was a great help in working out my problem..