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bt-99: Old Style vs. New Style

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Kristin, Jan 17, 2008.

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  1. Kristin

    Kristin TS Member

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    I am looking for a trap gun and am interested in the BT-99. I have been browsing some threads on here and have heard mention of old and new style BT-99s. What is the difference? Which one should I go with?

    Thanks for the help.

    Kristin
     
  2. Kristin

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    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Without going into great detail, the main difference is in the forend.

    The new style is also old, if you ask me. The terms are used just to indicate the difference.

    The "old style" forend is wider and flatter than the new, and more rounded in shape.

    The new has a larger and somewhat squared off looking forend like Citori models.

    You can probably find pictures of the 2 on Gunbroker.com, just do a search for BT-99 and look at the various offerings.

    HM
     
  4. Browning Boy

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    Also old style has a trigger guard that is cut into the stock. Were has the new style it is just part of the frame.



    George
     
  5. Pull & Mark

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    Kristen, One of the biggest differences that has not been addressed is that the old sytle gun had fixed chokes, and was not ported, or reduced forcing cones, or backbored. The newer guns have all three of these as well as the new style Invector plus chokes. These help reduce the felt recoil and give your shotgun a slightly better patten (maybe). The older ones are better made as far as better quality control than todays guns, but they are also alot older and have been shot alot as well. The choice is yours the other posters have filled you in on the rest. Good Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  6. Kristin

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    Thanks!
     
  7. Phil E

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    Browning stopped making the BT-99 in about 1994, after a 25-year run, then reintroduced it in about 2001, and those became known as the old and new. There's little difference aside from those noted above. Quality's not substantially changed. Handle a new one in a gunstore and you'll notice that the action is quite stiff when new. A used old model will be "worn in" enough that it will open easier, a possible consideration for you. We have both old & new, and I like them all. It's hard to go wrong with any BT-99. Phil E
     
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    I have had both, my old BT-99 shot flat almost a 50-50 pattern, my new Grey laminate nickel shoots about 6 inches high at 40 yards a 70-30 pattern. Much prefer the higher shooter. Wayne
     
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    The new ones are made by Miroku in Japan, same as the Citori
     
  10. kolar kda

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    i only shoot my kolar now, but i started with a old style bt-99, then bought a new style as i thought it would be better since it was new, but i hateded it and then ended up buying a bt-99 stainless old-style and am now waiting till the day my son can shoot it. in my opinion the old-style is a way better gun
     
  11. JerryP

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    New ones have aluminum trigger housing, some cast parts and other cost cutting measures. I would prefer an older one if can be found in good condition.
     
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