I have a little experience with handi's and a ton with shotguns and I've never experienced the ultra stiff action problem. I've never had ejector problems either so I guess I'm just lucky. I would imagine a miriad of things could cause this but the first thing I'd check is the alignment of the forearm spacer. Has anyone else had this problem? If I had no other guns and was starting from scratch the guns are the sensible way to go.