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Browning Citori hammer springs question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by brdslayr, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. brdslayr

    brdslayr Well-Known Member

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    Dave, after repeated failure to fire in the bottom barrel of my 16ga Citori I replaced the lower hammer spring with a 12 gauge spring. It was also 1/4in longer than the 16ga spring which is the same part number as a 20 gauge spring. I did not cut it and it has worked perfectly ever since. Good luck. JW
     
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    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    NO, they lost there spring in the compressed position. The new springs will look longer because that is the original size of the old spring. They are difficult to install, but they will give you extra pressure needed to funcion the hammers, so you do not have the light hits. Jon
     
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    I had the springs replaced about a month ago in my citori trap and the spring my gunsmith took out was definately shorter than the new spring. The gun was making light strikes on the bottom barrel and would misfire once in a while. He said that over time they get crushed especially the bottom one with the short throw. He told me to use snapcaps and drop the hammers before storing so they will last longer.

    Brian "Robbies Dad"
     
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    My gunsmith (Browning warranty center, former Browning smith) and I have a very strong suspicion that the added shock caused by heavier aftermarket hammer springs contributed to one of my XTs breaking the hammer axle pin in the bottom barrel at the threads which caused one of the hammer pin mounting lugs to crack, trashing the whole receiver. I wasn't having problems with light strikes. I bought the manufacturer's hype and thought it couldn't hurt to try them. The gun was 4 yrs old at the time and has received annual service (including hammer pin replacement) by the same smith since it was new.

    I still have no trouble with light strikes with reloads or factory ammo. I keep the firing pin bores clean of debris. I absolutely won't use anything now but Browning springs and I will change them regularly.

    MK
     
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    The springs are under constant pressure. They will take a set. They need to be replaced occasionally. Hammer springs for a Citori are about $4 each.

    Jim Skeel
     
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    <blockquote><I>"Hammer springs for a Citori are about $4 each."</i></blockquote>Just want to add that the Browning factory sells the springs for half the price the biggest online gun parts retailers sell them for.

    Changing springs can be done yourself if you have or make a proper tool to remove the old springs

    MK
     
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    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    A fork tool will work to take OUT the springs but you'll struggle a bit more to install them, especially gorilla springs, because you have to control both the pressure and the tool angle to keep the guide rod from slipping out of the tool and launching everything into the darkest corner of the room.

    A friend of mine made me this tool from a little 4 1/4" long dykes cutter. He ground the circular cut-outs in the jaws with a Dremel and a small carbide bit (cheapo diamond burrs work too).<center>
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    The tool works in the same place the fork tool works, the visible end of the spring guide rod but the tool doesn't clamp onto the rod. Notice that he relieved the edges of the cut outs on the inside of the jaws. The tool is closed over the end of the guide rod and the relieved edges match the cone shape of the end of the rod. All I have to do is pull back to slip the guide rod out of the dimple it fits into in the hammer; it can't escape as long as the tool is held closed.

    MK
     
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