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BT99 Maintenance Question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wproct, Apr 2, 2010.

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  1. wproct

    wproct Member

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    For owners of BT99 shotguns who break them down to put them in a hard case. What practice to you use to relieve the hammer spring tension? I heard of one owner who places a coin over the firing pin to absorb the firing pin strike when pulling the trigger. Do most of you just put a snap cap in and pull the trigger and leave the gun assembled in a gun cabinet or safe? Just curious what is the best practice for releaving the tension on the hammer spring without causing damage to the firing pin? Sorry for the simple question. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. flybyknight

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    Use a snap cap or an empty before breaking the gun down. When the forearm is removed, the gun won't cock. Bob K
     
  3. warpspeed

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    Snap Cap. Red ones. Aluminum.

    Place snap cap in gun. Pull trigger. remove forearm. Separate barrel from action. Place in case.

    When I put it in the safe, I put it together, put in snap cap. Pull trigger and put the assembled shotgun in safe.
     
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    poacherjoe Well-Known Member

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    I use a federal paper hull for a snap cap and put it in the safe.
     
  5. JerryP

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    I just pull the trigger. Works every time.
     
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    I went to the lumberyard and bought some pine 5/8" square trim and cut it into 2.5" pieces. The square shape holds secure against the receiver face for the firing pin to strike so you can relieve the spring tension after the gun is broken down.
     
  7. Barry

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    I've always used a rubber eraser against the breech and pulled the trigger.
     
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    I have owned a BT-99 for 35 yrs.
    My suggestion is a "wooly snap cap". BT-99"s and Citori's [esp. older ones]
    have chambers that are easily rusted from condensation etc...
    Must be that high quality japaneese steel from old american cars. LOL
    Anyway kill two birds with one stone, snap cap for the firing pin and oiled
    material for the chamber.
    My 2 cents......
     
  9. Gatguy

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    Dropping the hammer on a snap cap or empty shell and then removing the forearm is the easiest method. A cheap snap-cap can be made by inserting a pencil eraser in a de-capped empty shell and cutting it off flush (a little glue may be necessary).
     
  10. Porcupine

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    I have used the red aluminum snap caps suggested by Warpspeed, but pretty soon the 'primers' are indented so much that I question whether the firing pin is making any contact, so that it's the same as a dry-fire. I think Coveybuster has the best idea, with the wood block; easy and cheap to make and will never be confused with a live round.

    LA in MA
     
  11. wproct

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    Thanks for all the input. I found an old square rubber eraser that I put in my case for the time being. I may get some small pieces of pine as suggested and give that a try as well. Thanks again.
     
  12. wireguy

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    I'll never forget the time this old buzzard put a snap cap in his gun, then suddenly snapped it closed with the muzzle pointing directly at several people and pulled the trigger. I didn't even bother chewing him out. At that age (he looked early seventies) if one hasn't learned about muzzle control one is never going to.
     
  13. luvtrapguns

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    If the gun is dis-assembled and the hammer is cocked I place the plastic butt end of a screwdriver firmly against the firing pin hole and pull the trigger. This cushions the pin and offers enough enertia to prevent pin/receiver damage. Marc
     
  14. WYBOO WOOD

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    Terry Jordan from Canada who makes the wall chart to practice with has the best reccomendation yet: Take an empty hull (or maybe 6) and pop out the primer. Cut off the crimp and take a tube of silicone and give it a squirt in the primer hole. Let cure for 3 or 4 days. The cured silicone will provide a perfect cushion for the firing pin. Have made several, the work well and you can't beat the price. Dave Hunt
     
  15. Dave P

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    I dry fire and have never had a problem in 30 years.
     
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