you do know the latch and shelf are supposed to be dry right ? popping open suggests that there is oil or grease on the latch and shelf.
check the FAQS page under H&R rifles at graybeard outdoors forum
Yes that's the first step I took. The edge under the barrel that snaps and mates with the receiver isn't flat... thats what looks to be the issue I just don't know how to fix it. If doesn't look complicated but I don't want to start taking metal off and then make it not fit somewhere else.
Unique guns doesn't repair anymore and according to Fun Guns, there isn't one in Waco anywhere. I'd be willing to pay and ship to an individual who knows how to fix it.