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Old 12-23-2019, 10:35 AM
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Stoeger Condor O/U Lite Strikes

Hello All,

My two sons have Stoeger Condors in 12 gauge that have developed a habit of lite primer strikes. Parts seem to be nonexistent in the retail market. One shotgun has been sent back and completely replaced. It still has the issue right out of the box and had 3 lite strikes in its first 50 rounds.

We are using RIO and Winchester 12ga trap loads. The same ammo our trap team uses (21 kids using 95 cases per season) and these Stoegers have 99% of the lite strike problems.

I do not want to send it back again (would be third time for one gun: once for vent rib solder joint, once for lite strikes and second time for the other gun).

Has anyone experienced this with Stoegers?

Is there a fix that a DIY’er can perform?

Merry Christmas!!

Pete
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:35 AM
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I have one.

And I occasionally get light strikes with it as well. I do not really know how to fix it either. Mine does not see much daylight anymore.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:26 PM
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I have a SxS and have never had a misfire.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:14 PM
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It is a funny thing. We ran them for multiple seasons and have LOTS of rounds through them. Now the old ones and the replacement is giving fits.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:43 PM
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Granted this is not the same model gun. My stoeger M3K experiences misfires with winchester white box 12 GA target loads. Same with my Browning Citori feather built in 1980. From what I gather the primers are not fully seated in the shell causing light primer strikes. They light off the 2nd time. Federal target loads are reliable in both guns for me.

No issues with winchester AA shells though.
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:44 AM
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just a thought
how about removing the firing pins and cleaning them?

Best of Luck
Dave
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Old 12-24-2019, 10:19 AM
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I'm going to tell you what you don't want to hear.

Ditch the Stoegers O/U's.. They are junk shotguns. Their SxS's are functional. A lot of folks use them in CAS.....but their O/S's are garbage. They're good for driving fence posts but that's about it.

If you have to have a budget O/U, my recommendation is either a Franchi or a CZ. Anything else on the market is more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:38 PM
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No beef with this.

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I'm going to tell you what you don't want to hear.

Ditch the Stoegers O/U's.. They are junk shotguns. Their SxS's are functional. A lot of folks use them in CAS.....but their O/S's are garbage. They're good for driving fence posts but that's about it.

If you have to have a budget O/U, my recommendation is either a Franchi or a CZ. Anything else on the market is more trouble than it's worth.
My experience with the one that I picked up just because pretty much confirms this.
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Old 12-24-2019, 02:14 PM
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I have been contemplating fire-selling them and getting into a CZ or something. Was looking for the ‘hack’ fix that could make them work.

Will need to discuss with the kids....

Thanks for the feedback.

Merry Christmas!

Pete
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:15 AM
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After more searching and calling around, including Stoeger service, I found that the SxS do not have this issue and the geometry of the O/U internals cause issues. The guy was not surprised and did not offer any advice other than 'send it back' (understandable). Supposedly all the Stoeger O/U's share the same mechanisms and there is no easy fix.

Back to Stoeger it went this week. Probably will come back as another new unit (not one that has been repaired/tuned) and subsequently get sold.

Oh well.

Pete, a.k.a. missing link
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