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Old 12-26-2018, 06:16 PM
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Back in the summer I purchased a couple of Marlins. An 881 and 883. I purchased them over the internet at different times from different sellers.
Well today we had unseasonably warm weather here in Michigan. 44 degrees with no wind and since I was home I decided to get them out and shoot. This is the first time shooting these rifles.
I will start with the 881. I disassembled and did a thorough cleaning after receiving the rifle. So everything was very clean and lubed with Hornady One Shot.
While shooting, it would not eject the empty case. It would extract the case from the chamber then leave it in the receiver. I would turn the gun over to dump the case out onto the table. Also, the next round did not seem to slide into the cartridge lifter properly. I would end up fumbling around in the ejection port with my fingertip until the round would lift up.
Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
On the bright side, I only fired ten rounds of CCI SV at 50 yds. The 881 placed all ten in just over 1/2".
I will address the 883 in another thread.
I would appreciate any input. Thank you.
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:37 PM
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:00 PM
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Sounds like a bad lifter sping and a bent or broken ejector wire.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:32 PM
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Sav99fan, The spring has a ton of upward pressure. Almost seems like to much. I will take a close look at the ejector wire.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:31 PM
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Is it coming all the way out of the tube.
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:26 PM
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First look at the ejector wire. They can be bent all different ways. Sometimes doesn't eject. blocks feed and/or binds bolt.
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Old 12-28-2018, 04:19 PM
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First look at the ejector wire. They can be bent all different ways. Sometimes doesn't eject. blocks feed and/or binds bolt.
Actually, being a bolt action it does not have an ejector wire. Honestly I didn't know that until looking at it. The ejector is part of the cartridge carrier/lifter.
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Old 12-28-2018, 06:13 PM
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Actually, being a bolt action it does not have an ejector wire. Honestly I didn't know that until looking at it. The ejector is part of the cartridge carrier/lifter.
Ah I'm thinking tube feed and the semis have the EW like others mentioned. Maybe if I looked a little closer on my 83TS I may have noticed. But I havent had a problem with it. Doh. But just check it in case they put one in there.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:50 AM
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Got it figured out last night with the help of member suggestions from RFC and Marlin owners.
Scooter and Sav99, you were on the right track with the ejector. That was part of the issue. Instead of a wire it has a sheet metal "tab" I'll call it. It was slightly bent and was not contacting the case rim enough to eject it. A little tweak with needle nose pliers is all that needed.
A member at Marlin owners suggested the feed lips on the cartridge carrier. They were spread apart slightly and would let the round pop up to high causing a jam. Squeezed those together enough to keep a case from freely going between them.
I ran 10 rounds thru it and it feed, chambered, extracted and ejected them all without issue.
A big thanks to all for the suggestions!
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:01 AM
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