I'm asking here for my buddy as he doesn't have a computer. He bought one of these used. Actually traded a nice lever action that sells for around $650, for one of these and got totally ripped off, but anyway, he got one for his daughter to use. It's a NEF Handi Rifle in .243 Winchester. It's been nothing but problems. It seems to be an older one as it has the ejector, not the extractor. Anyway the first issue is that it seemed to have an issue kicking open when shooting it and kicking the shell out in your face. Doing some research on this said to make sure the bolt face was completely dry of oil. So he did this, and found it was also a little dirty so he cleaned it well and then dried it and so far it's not kicked open any.
The next issue is that a shell stuck in the chamber when shooting it after just a few rounds. He decided to take it to a gunsmith to get him to check it out. The gunsmith claims that the chamber was out of spec and wasn't cut deep enough from the factory. So he cut the chamber deeper and gave it back. My buddy shot it a couple of times and assumed it was fixed. Then, we went to shoot it after that, I was there this time and on the first shot guess what. The shell stuck in the chamber again. We knocked it out with a rod, and went on back to shooting. We shot it 20 more times and it didn't do it, but it seems to do it occasionally. Not as often as it did before having the chamber recut, but it is still doing it. Doing some research online turned up a ton of complaints on this issue, but I've yet to see anyone suggest a solution other than to cut a notch in the barrel so that you can at least pry the shell out with a screwdriver.
Is there a solution to this? Or is the solution to sell it?
My buddy seems to think this rifle is the greatest thing since sliced bread even though it fails to function properly, and fails to really be anything good about it. Yet his daughter who he got it so she could hunt with it absolutely hates the gun and everything about it. I can't blame her as after getting in a lot of trigger time I don't like it either. It shoots decently but not great. About 1.5-2" groups with Winchester factory ammo, about 1" groups with handloads at 100 yards, it's unreliable, and the trigger is horrible on it, while a similar priced Savage shoots .5" groups with the exact same handloads, and .8" groups with the same Winchester factory ammo. However, it would be nice if they could actually get it to function correctly, which is why I thought I'd ask and see if there were any fixes for the cases failing to eject?