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Are BT-99's easy to work on?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by dale58, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. dale58

    dale58 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about buying a new BT-99, and am wondering how easy/hard they are to work on. Like changing a firing pin, hammer spring etc. Any information is greatly appreciated.
     
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    Very easy when you have the tools
     
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  3. mikkeeh

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    I guess it depends on your mechanical ability. They are a relatively simple gun, but changing springs can be a real PITA. The good news is that springs and firing pins dont really require frequent changing.
     
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    Very simple if you have the skills!
     
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    My late grandfather used to always say, "I could build an airplane if I had the tools and knew how." As funny as that is, it's the truth.
    Working on a BT99 or any gun sort of fits in that same phrase. Some people are much more mechanically inclined than others. I've had my BT's apart and they seemed relatively simple to me. However, I consider myself very mechanically inclined.
     
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  6. flashmax

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    I seem to remember a couple of years ago seeing pictures of your shop after we went through wiring a switch. Burned some midnight oil on that one.
     
  7. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    If you are buying a new BT 99 as you said in your post, you should not have to work on it for many years. About the biggest problem I have seen with BT99's is the locking lugs getting worn.
     
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    That was many machines ago and quite a few thousand $$$ machinery upgrades since. I'm what you call a toolaholic. LOL
    I've got tools I haven't used yet, but I'm ready if the situation arises. I am partial to vintage USA made machinist tools and machinery. 3 car garage but no cars will fit anymore. :)
     
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  9. flashmax

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    No comment on the garage space.
     
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  10. flashmax

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    Not hard to work on at all if you take care to LOOK at the whole of the mechanism with a good parts breakdown in hand before you start. Shot a '76 model for a long time, til '13 matter of fact. Keep it clean, lubricate it, you won't have much trouble from it at all.

    Lubrication. Is. Important.
     
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  11. Bigcat

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    I just changed my springs after 44 years of use.
     
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  12. dale58

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    How does the new adjustable comb system work? I don't see any holes drilled in the comb...
     
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    Allen Wrench through the butt pad.
     
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    Best friend just Aquired one made in japan from his fathers passing it has an adjustable comb And butt pad too
    is there a cleaner way to adjust comb height than the add a washer system? A calibrated machined pillar style spacer maybe?
     
  15. mg1polo

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    Every one of them is Made In Japan.
    MG
     
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  16. Rick Barker

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    Every single one and those married too.

    The idea of spacers does two things.
    1 Prevents comb from slipping down if it comes loose during a round
    2 returns the comb to the exact position each and every time if for any reason it removed and put back on.
     
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  17. dale58

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    Can you use spacers on the system that adjusts through the recoil pad?
     
  18. Lou Braun

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    Spacers work just fine on a BT-99 or other Browning adjustable comb. I use them on a BT-99 and XT. With the spacers, you can set the comb height exactly and there is less chance of the adjustment moving during use.
     
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  19. fast gun

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    Find a copy of The Browning BT-99 by Jeff Meloy.
     
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  20. DENNISMASTROLIA1

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    Hi Dale. I think you are better purchasing an older BT99 that is in great shape. The new ones just are not the same quality. IMHO-junk. Ask Dennis #1. He will tell you.
     
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