I'm having a problem getting shells in to the feed tube on my "new" 1897. Most brass based hulls seem to feed but the aluminium based hulls (Winchester Super X) will not feed at all. So here is a bit of background...just in case I did this to myself.
I just bought the gun (it is a 1919 TD) and took it out to the range on Sunday, seemed to work fine with the brass based ammo I had. Decided when I got home that it would be a good idea to take apart and clean the slide assembly/feed tube etc. Once I got done and put everything back together I tried loading some shells (aluminium base cause all the brass ones were gone) and they would not go in the tube. So here are my questions.
1. Is this a common problem?
2. Could I have put the feed tube on 180' out and would this cause the issue I'm seeing?
3. Is it a good idea to use a brake cylinder hone and polish the breech end of the feed tube?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.