...to have a better idea, Dan!
I don't blame you for not wanting to hack it up. I had to make that leap of faith too. Turned out great. The trade off is you end up with a rifle no one has - the 1400 is plentiful and can be had again quickly.
After owning all the variants, I've decided to not settle for one unless it is the bolt handle version. Made the mistake of selling the one off I did have.
I think you will appreicate the valve design of the 1400 once it is shooting again for ya'.
"Well, I thought it was a rabbit but it turned out to be Bear Grylls in a rabbit hide."