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beretta 390 durability?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slayer, Aug 21, 2011.

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  1. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    As some of you know I lost my bt-99 to a thief a month or so ago, may the dirty s.o.b. rot in ...well you get it. Anyway I'm getting fairly proficient with my back up gun, a beretta 390 with a trap barrel [thanks again Brad]. I'm thinking of moving it to the being the primary gun instead of the temp. I shoot a lot of rounds throughout summer and am now wondering what kind of maintainance problems I can expect. thanks Bill Wheeler
     
  2. fly

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    have a spare breech bolt connecting rod, and shoot the hell out of it. Some ammo get's them dirtier then others. Mine ran about 2000 rounds(reloads with Clays powder) before it had cycling problems.
     
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    Just keep it clean and shoot it wet.
     
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    Shot one for years, relaible and easy to maintain. shot mine 3226 rounds before it failed due to crud build up. Carry a spare link, hammer braces and some oil........they run forever!
     
  5. Ruck

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    Replace the action spring every 8-10,000 rounds!! 390's don't have a bolt buffer and a weak spring allows the bolt to slam into the aluminum receiver.

    Ken Rucker
     
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    Run it wet and clean it when it starts to work slow. I have one with over 80,000 thru it and it still works fine. The spare parts i carry are connecting rod,hammer braces,trigger group pin and break free clp. A spare trigger group is really the handiest.
     
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    Everyone else has summed it up pretty well. I might add, the BEST thing you could ever do for your 390 is to send the trigger group to Cole Gunsmithing for a trigger job. Transforms a good gun into a GREAT one.
     
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    Would that be the Cole Gunsmith uo in Maine??
     
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    I have one that has well over 100k through it. Cole did the trigger years ago,it has been to south america 1-12 times what a work horse.
     
  11. Psycho

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    I change the hammer spring, firing pin, and recoil spring at the start of trap season.
     
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    While you're talking to Cole, order one of their gas valve spring kits, I think six springs in all. These springs let you taylor the pressure blead off preventing the bolt from being pushed rearward to hard. Having the right spring for your load will save the linkage and bolt. Ask Cole, he will give you the lowdown.

    Surfer
     
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    I agree with fly. Both he and I have owned 390 Berettas and shot the hell out of them in the late 90's and early 2000's. The only thing that ever broke on mine was the action link. I would clean the gas piston every 1000 rounds or so to remove the built up plastic residue. Wipe down the mag tube with some teflon based lube and you should never have cycling issues. Good Luck!! Jeremy
     
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