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Browning XT Bead Replacement

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wlc, Nov 10, 2009.

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  1. wlc

    wlc Member

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    I'd like to replace the HiViz type front bead on an XT with a standard bead. Does anyone know what the thread size is?

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  2. Dickgshot

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  3. wlc

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    Thank you.
     
  4. ship

    ship TS Member

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    The mid bead snapped off below the rib on my XT. Any thoughts on how to remove the remaining and where to get a replacement?

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  5. OK_Shooter

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    The mid bead is pressed in. I have used a small drill bit with my fingers. Twist the drill bit into the opening and move it back and forth until you feel it catch on the remaining material, then gently pull it out. I have purchased the beads (both front and mid) from Browning and Midwayusa.com. If you purchase from browning go to their website and download/print an order form. The part numbers and prices are on another document that you can also download from their site. Enclose a check and mail in the form to Browning - the turnaround time was less than 10 days.
     
  6. Citori Shooter

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    Got mine from Brownells.Now that I got the center bead out;what is the best way to install the new one?Thanks.
     
  7. skeeljc

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    The collar around the center bead is easily removed. Select a drill that is slightly larger than the i.d. of the collar and start drilling it out. When the drill bites into the collar it will twist it out.

    Now installing a new bead and collar (available from Brownells) is a bit more difficult. You need a tool that goes around the bead and pushes on the collar. The bead and collar are then driven in with light blows from a small hammer. Brownells may have a tool for this.

    Jim Skeel
     
  8. OK_Shooter

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    I just held it with needlenose pliers and started it into the hole, followed up with a few really light taps with a small punch. If it doesn't feel very snug in the rib, you may want to use a little epoxy when you install it.
     
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