lever action rifles....picky about ammo??
i posted about a western field m72 that was made by mossberg in the early 70's. from what i have read, mossberg made these under their name as the 472.
now, this particular one is in pretty nice shape, but my buddy told me that it has a feed issue.
after tearing it down completely as it needed some serious cleaning, it still seems to have an issue with the elevator propping the round up high enough to line the point of the bullet about center of the chamber. it seems like it's only lifting the front of the cartridge up to jest below the edge of the chamber. the cartridges he gave me are winchester 30-30 soft points that appear to have been flattened even more due to attempting to cycle.
without any rounds in, the elevator lifts all the way as it should and if you push on it, it does drop, but the force to push it down is more than the weight of the cartridge.
if i had to guess, i'd bet no more than 500 rounds have been down the barrel on this rifle, probably less.
any ideas as to what may be causing this?