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Browning 99 opening real hard

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by butcher, Sep 30, 2012.

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  1. butcher

    butcher Member

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    A freind of mine's BT 99 is very difficult to open. Do any of you have any ideas.
     
  2. Ed Y

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    Brownings seem to all have a problem with galling of the metal between the forearm and the receiver. Gotta keep it lubricated.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  3. Dave P

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    Sorry Ed, but grease alone is not the answer. I have four Brownings and all have done it even with plenty of grease. The last was my BT-100 which didn't gall up so bad. I'm thinking now since it has loosened up is to have the receiver damascened (sp?).
     
  4. halfmile

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    If the receiver has not galled, you have a chance. Have somone relieve the fit by removing som metal on the barrel tang, the side toward the gun.

    This is discussed here almost every week. Use the search function for "Galling"
    or "tang" in th body of the post.

    HM
     
  5. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    Need to clarify...is it just tight breaking open or hard pushing the lever over...once fixed a friends whose lever was extremely hard to push right..found a sheared piece of a lead pellet jammed next to locking bolt track...how new is this gun??
     
  6. ImpalaBob

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    New BTs are generally tight. If it is not a stuck pellet of lead shot .... then lube hinge pin surfaces with gunslick and keep working it.
     
  7. Johnny

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    I have three well used Brownings, no galling on mine. I also have a nice BT100 that halfmile or one of his buddies worked on. It needs to be tightened. Don't file on the "barrel tang".
     
  8. GW22

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    Johnny: What's wrong with filing on the tang? I've done this a couple times very slowly using a rat-tail needele file and I've had no problems.

    -Gary
     
  9. halfmile

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    The underlug is the locking part of the mechanism. Barrel tang a non issue with mechanics, it just holds the forend on.

    The hard opening is caused by the forend iron being pushed into the receiver by the barrel tang.

    Look at it. think about what I said. If you are manually illiterate take it to a smith.

    HM
     
  10. Country Squire

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    Charger, If it opens easily WHITH OUT THE Fore arm on, then it needs a couple of strokes with a fine file on the back of the barrel lug. Hope this helps. George
     
  11. StansCustoms

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    Filing the barrell tang is absolutely the answer on many Brownings, especially new ones....

    Some are waaay too tight, on those if you wait too long and it will quickly gall regardless of how much grease it has on it.

    Unfortunately I learned that the hard way...never again. Two of my last three new Brownings needed to be filed a little.

    Happy trails...Stan
     
  12. Dr.Longshot

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    Get a tube of CMD Grease.

    Gary Bryant
    Dr.longshot
     
  13. MDMike

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    Dr. Longshot, where would one find CMD grease. Thanks, Mike....
     
  14. wayneo

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    Mike, ShootingCoach here on TS.com use to sell it, maybe send him a PM? Best stuff I've ever used.

    Wayne
     
  15. halfmile

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    Lubing a gun that's fit too tight from the factory requires eternal vigilance.

    Fitting it properly only needs to be done once.

    Do whatever fits your personality.

    HM
     
  16. Johnny

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    To say; "Fitting it properly only needs to be done once." is not true. They will continue to get looser regardless, then metal needs to be added to the end of the forearm iron to tighten it back up. That is, unless the monkey has a hammer and a punch. Then he will peen the action tight again.
     
  17. cubancigar2000

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    Wow I did not know that you all have gunsmithing degrees, LOL
     
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