RIA VR80 barrel issue

smokin502

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So I bought a Rock Island VR80 semi auto 12g. Took it to the range with cheap walmart bird shot and wouldn't cycle. I wasn't surprised, so i brought in some Fiocchi HV 1 oz slugs at 1560fps. The gun is bad *** to say the least. I know it needed about 200 rounds to break in. I shot about half that. I'm cleaning it this morning and finding some weird stuff. The gas piston was sticking bad on the barrel. It looks like it doesn't like heat very much. I cleaned the barrel and was shocked what I saw. The barrel was badly pitted for some reason. Took some pics. If there was something I'm doing wrong please let me know. 20190818170511.jpg 20190818170431.jpg20190818170420.jpg
 

Hhardrockminer

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Hey Smokin, I don't have the VR80 yet, but I have the fde on order.
I hear what you're saying about the gun not cycling but I'm of the understanding that it needs a heavier load with "say" at least 1400 behind the rd.
I don't know this but they say it needs a good cleaning before you fire it as it has a lot of grease and oil on it new.
Thanks and would like to hear your opinion on the gun. Hhardrock
 

smokin502

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Hey Smokin, I don't have the VR80 yet, but I have the fde on order.
I hear what you're saying about the gun not cycling but I'm of the understanding that it needs a heavier load with "say" at least 1400 behind the rd.
I don't know this but they say it needs a good cleaning before you fire it as it has a lot of grease and oil on it new.
Thanks and would like to hear your opinion on the gun. Hhardrock
Agree totally, it took some heavy 1" slugs 1600 fps to break it in. It has lots of oil on and in it. Be careful about over heating the barrel though. After break in, I was shooting with my boys and noticed the barrel was getting hot. Everything still was functioning fine. Went to clean the barrel later and could not get the chunks of something out of it. Sent it in and they replaced it. Awesome customer service. Awesome gun though. Love shooting it.
 

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How is the recoil and the trigger pull?? I've heard the trigger is set kinda high up to about 10lbs. is this true or are these guys blowing smoke
 

smokin502

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How is the recoil and the trigger pull?? I've heard the trigger is set kinda high up to about 10lbs. is this true or are these guys blowing smoke
Trigger pull is heavier than what I'm used to. Not sure the weight, I never measured. But when your shooting it's really not an issue. I don't even think about it. The recoil depends on the ammo, but when I was shooting the slugs it felt like maybe a 308 ar-10. Really had no issues with that either. Neither did my 14yr old boy.
 

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