Welcome to GTA Rudy,, very nice to have you with us. I have a summer home near Margaretville in Delaware County, are we close
Matter of fact I'll be heading up to spend some time up there for the spring turkey season. To bad I can't use an air rifle
As for the pump,,, I have a Benjy pump that I bought new with the rifle and my pump doesn't have the scratches and nicks you're describiing. Did you buy it new ??
My pump works very well and I've never had a problem with it. The key is to go steady and slow and after 50 or 60 pumps take a break for a few minutes and let the pump cool down. Working the pump to hard for to long is where you start having problems.
Again, welcome to GTA. I'll be looking forward to your future posts.....