had two Stovepipes in my recent match at the Custer Sportsmen’s Club last week and was wondering what was the problem. If you look closely at this video, you can see occasionally the rounds eject downwards and not up and out.
I took a deeper look at the scope mount and I realize that my gun’s right side mount was cut to make more room for the round to eject. This was a 10 year old gun and was made by a not-so-reputable gunsmith (although John made it work better). As you can see from this picture, the Double Alpha Foldable Wing that I installed is slightly bigger and protruded almost a 4mm out from the scope mount, if you look properly, it has been cut to make more room for the round to eject.
The foldable wing on the left side sits flush against the scope mount but the right side was modified. It didn’t even occur to me to check that. Flipping the wing over, I notice dents and peening caused by rounds hitting the folded wing. so THAT’s what’s causing the stovepipes!!
Since the wing on the right side is useless, I took a saw to it and cut it off.
Touched up using some Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black Metal Finish.
and how it looks installed :
Perfect! now I’m ready and confident that there will be no more stovepipes