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#6118671 - 01/04/16 06:52 PM Barrel split open
kemon86 Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 176
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
I have a 10 yr old nova and in the middle of shooting a timber hole this morning, my barrel cracked. It split wide open at the base of the choke tube along with the choke tube splitting as well. Called Benelli, warranty doesn't cover split barrels, they said it was the rounds fault. Anyway, been shopping around looking at replacement barrels and they're not much cheaper than a new nova. Benelli guy said they'll replace my barrel for distribution cost, anybody have an idea what that is? He couldn't remember. Any suggestions? If their barrel is expensive too, I might as well pony up and get a nice one. That nova has seen its fare share of lake, slough, and tank bottoms. Also been ran over by a 4-wheeler and it was still kicking. Bad round got her, rest in peace Betsy...

#6118684 - 01/04/16 06:59 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
huntwest Offline
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Registered: 09/17/10
Posts: 2229
Loc: Albany
Barrel splits are always because of Ammo, shooting steel through a full lead shot choke, or an obstruction.

I would imagine a barrel at distributor cost is about 200.00.
You could have a gunsmith cut the split part out if it is right in the end and rethread it.

Edited by huntwest (01/04/16 07:01 PM)

#6118721 - 01/04/16 07:19 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Ridn9high Offline
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Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 1494
Loc: Where the ducks are
Curious, were you shooting Black Cloud?

#6118782 - 01/04/16 07:57 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
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Nova not expensive gun. Get a new one- I have one in black will sell u. Fired 1 round thru it. Won it in a shoot. PM me. Will save u taxes if interested

Edited by Greekangler (01/04/16 07:58 PM)

Take a kid Huntin

#6119129 - 01/04/16 10:53 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Jeff Elder Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
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Loc: Weatherford/Albany / Matagorda...
When you buy a gun you'er buying the barrel, they throw in the rest of the gun
North central TX duck and dove hunts

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#6119476 - 01/05/16 08:55 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
kemon86 Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 176
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
Shooting Winchester Xperts 3" 2s

#6119488 - 01/05/16 08:58 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Mickey Phelan Offline
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Registered: 12/20/09
Posts: 285
I'd buy a whole new gun and just keep the other one around for parts, maybe bring it to a gunsmith and have the barrel cut down like mentioned above as a backup.

#6119620 - 01/05/16 09:37 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 3204
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
I would buy another gun but I don't think I would buy a Nova. Pump gun should have lasted way longer than 10 years, just my 2cents
There is time, and you must take it, to lay your hand on your dog's head as you walk past him lying on the floor or on his settle, time to talk with him, to remember with him, time to please him, time you can't buy back once he's gone" GBE

#6119698 - 01/05/16 10:16 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Navasot Offline

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27519
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
what choke is in the gun

#6119706 - 01/05/16 10:20 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
Baylor_Bears Offline
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Same thing happened to me a few years back on a Winchester 1100. Instead of spending the money on a new barrel I had my gunsmith cut the 2 inches off, went from a 28 inch barrel to a 26 inch, and then re-thread it. Think its cost me about 100 bucks. Just giving you options

#6119723 - 01/05/16 10:30 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
HuntnFly67 Offline
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Not trying to be a blame the shooter guy here, I am asking because I could see myself doing this.

You said Betsy has been at the bottom of tanks, sloughs and lakes. I am wondering if you pulled the choke tube and cleaned/oiled the choke threads each time after getting her soggy.

I might have missed it/forgotten to do it after a dunk a time or two and unknowingly had some rust build up around the threads thus weakening the barrel. Just asking. Hope you got close to filling a strap before the failure!

#6119961 - 01/05/16 12:14 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
wlgorman Offline
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Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 1348
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Hey bud before you make any moves call the ammo manufacturer. A buddy of mine had something similar happen w his Nova, and called Kent and they bought him a new shotgun. IDK what the procedure was, but it was last season. Good Luck!

#6121728 - 01/06/16 10:11 AM Re: Barrel split open [Re: HuntnFly67]
kemon86 Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 176
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
She gets a good cleaning at the end of the season every year and anytime it's been in the water or mud. Not accusing you or anything, but I'm not an idiot. I take care of my stuff. I'm somewhat mad at myself that I didn't notice this particular round going into my gun, maybe it had some rust or corrosion on it. It was early in the morning though.

#6121998 - 01/06/16 12:11 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3814
Loc: Dallas, TX
Get a Beretta

#6122143 - 01/06/16 01:26 PM Re: Barrel split open [Re: kemon86]
hunting_guy Offline

Registered: 09/09/15
Posts: 198
Loc: Central Texas
I don't know if it was mentioned previously, but some of the factory benelli chokes will not shoot steel. I know the stock benelli full is one of them that says not to.

Some of the after market chokes won't accept delayed wad shells (black cloud) or shells that shoot over a certain FPS (HVSS), so you have to watch out for that too. Winchester makes a high velocity steel shot that shoots about 400 more FPS than their standard steel shot.

I'm not saying you did that, but something to consider if you are trying to determine what may have caused it.

I run a Carlson modified out of a super nova and shoot primarily Hevi-Metal in most situations. Really good pattern on the #2's and #4's for standard decoying bird range.

I agree with the rest, they are cheap enough... just buy a new gun. No telling what else may have been damaged... takes a lot of backpressure to split a barrel.

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