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Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:44 am

My I-12 is not wanting to cooperate with me. It'll shoot twice then hang up... any suggestions on what it could be?

Shell size does not matter. I ran 2 3/4" dove loads and 3" turkey loads through it.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:49 am

are you shooting light loads?

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:58 am

hmm i failed to read the bottom part
ok so i used to be a benelli dealer and here are the problems with inertia driven guns.
1. HATE light loads
2. Overweight people(sounds bad but the extra "padding" in your shoulder counter acts the inertia system.. Will short stroke 1 out of 3 times )
3. Bad hold on the gun. Just like #2 if you dont have the butt firmly planted in your shoulder, in slop is counteracting the inertia drive

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:12 am

Beladran wrote:hmm i failed to read the bottom part
ok so i used to be a benelli dealer and here are the problems with inertia driven guns.
1. HATE light loads
2. Overweight people(sounds bad but the extra "padding" in your shoulder counter acts the inertia system.. Will short stroke 1 out of 3 times )
3. Bad hold on the gun. Just like #2 if you dont have the butt firmly planted in your shoulder, in slop is counteracting the inertia drive

I love my Franchi. In the 5 years that I have had it, I have not had one problem... until now.

1. I started with low brass no. 6 shot and it hung up a few times. Moved to Winchester Premium 3" turkey loads and it still hung up after two shots.
2. Not a problem.
3. Not a problem. I make sure the butt is tight against my shoulder before I fire. Learned my lesson when I shot my first 3.5" magnum turkey load out of a Nova. greeting

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:53 am

Ok hmm by hanging up you talking failure to eject or feed

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:01 am

Beladran wrote:Ok hmm by hanging up you talking failure to eject or feed

Failure to feed. It'll shoot twice but the bolt hangs open and takes a lot of force to close. Once closed, it'll fire twice and hang again.

I haven't attempted to take it apart yet but since it's close to turkey season, I probably should get it fixed.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:11 am

Benelli usually had a 2-3 week turn around

Take it apart an give it a good cleaning. Look for wear indicators. I had a Raptor when it first came out an it was real picky on lube. Mine ran the best with gunslick Graphite lube an lots of it.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by BigDaddyQ on Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:23 am

Bel should have started with clean it. My cousin doesn't clean his all duck season. By the end of the season it starts to FTF at least once out of every mag full of shots. Clean it up and graphite it up and its good to go. I do all the cleaning for family and friends. I used Remoil with teflon last year because thats what my in-laws gave me for my birthday and it seemed to work really well.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:34 am

I assume most people on here know to clean there guns lol

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:41 am

You mean you have to clean them? What the hell? lol

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by Beladran on Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:53 am

Lol you know when the SBEII came out one of there sales pitchs was only cleaning the gun once a year.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:01 pm

I just watched a video on how to completely tear it down. I'm going to try that tonight and clean it as best I can.

Maybe that'll clear it up.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:40 pm

Well apparently completely tearing down the bolt and thoroughly cleaning it helps. I ran half of a box of light load shells through it and it cycled perfectly.

Now I need to figure out how to stop a Remington 878 from doing the same thing.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by BigDaddyQ on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:59 pm

Always start simple then go on to the more complicated stuff and cleanliness is next to godliness at least thats what somebodies grandmother always told me

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:38 am

BigDaddyQ wrote:Always start simple then go on to the more complicated stuff and cleanliness is next to godliness at least thats what somebodies grandmother always told me

I've never thought to pull the bolt apart and clean it. I didn't think it was fouled up bad... but I have been wrong before. The rest of the shotgun was spotless from the previous cleaning.

I tore down the 878 too... it was easier to take the bolt apart in that shotgun than the Franchi. It had about 45ish years worth of gunk caked inside it. I don't think that's the problem with it though. I believe part no. 56 is bent or something. It will not stay seated like part 55.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:33 am

And now I have another problem with my I-12. When I push the button to drop a round from the tube, nothing happens. If I hit the button and work the action, it will chamber a round and then it starts working like it is supposed to. What could be causing this problem?

I tore it down and cleaned/lubed everything but it's still not working properly.

This is the button I mentioned.


It is getting retired, this weekend, and used only as backup but I still want to get it fixed.


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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by cosmoblu on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:00 am

I would double check the assembly. I had one once where everything but action closing worked and I had a one piece in backwards that changed everything.

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Re: Franchi I-12 problem...

Post by ufgators68 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:31 am

I tore it down again last night and it appears that once that button is pressed, the part inside the receiver doesn't move far enough. If I hit the gun even with the bolt release button, a shell will feed. If I only put three shells in the tube, instead of 4, it works properly.

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