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Perazzi opening in the rain

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by AAtrap, Oct 12, 2010.

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  1. AAtrap

    AAtrap Well-Known Member

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    I was shooting doubles in the rain last Sunday and my MX-14L would open on the second shot. Only did it when it was wet. Anyone else experienced this problem.

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Barry C. Roach

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    Happens to many break open guns. Water and oil or grease get really slick. Might need a new top lever return spring too.
     
  3. PerazziBigBore

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    New spring.. maybe reduce the angle of the locking bolt if it has wandered.. As long as the trailer is not moving.. and has a workbench.. any place is a good place to fix your shotgun.. It's more about the gunsmith and knowledge than how big is his shop or trailer..
     
  4. JES

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    I had the same thing happen in the rain. After I finished really cleaned and dried every part and re greased. It has not happened again. I think Barry had it right.
     
  5. PerazziBigBore

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    Barry does have it right.. but what about a field gun..?? A new top lever return spring is a must.. and should not even be part of the equasion.. Next is check the angle of the ears and locking bolt.. I'd bet one is drifting.
     
  6. AAtrap

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    Thanks guys. I really believe it was as Barry mentioned. A combination of water and oil. The gun has not been shot that much and after I dried it out;it didn't do it again. Steve
     
  7. BL350

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    Dear AATrap,
    When your Perazzi opens in the rain....after shooting. It is time to test the locking bolt. I take the gun to the range and perform the following test. Load a round and look at the top lever while holding the gun crossways FIRMLY. Fire the round downrange and observe very closely the top lever. Repeat two more times in succession. THEN open the gun and spray water (old windex bottle full of tap water is great for this) ....light mist on the breech locking bolt with the gun open. Then repeat the firing test. If the top lever moves upon firing (wet mode)....you need a locking bolt fitted etc. My P-Gun needed one at 82,000. AFTER THE GUN HAS BEEN REPAIRED, repeat the wet test. Top lever should NOT MOVE!!! I see lots of gun problems when Mother Nature gets them wet! Let us know how your P-Gun reacts after this simple test.
    Respectfully submitted,............Jet Boat Bill
     
  8. GunDr

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    A jumpy top lever is the tell-tale sign the locking bolt is no longer holding the bbls shut. A prperly fitted locking bolt will do it's job even without a return spring.

    Continuing to shoot the gun with the top lever moving invites a broken top lever. Repair it now...$135-$250, or pay $135-$250 plus a new top lever..$350 plus labor to fit.

    Doug
     
  9. Barry C. Roach

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    Listen to PBB. He knows a lot more about Pguns than I.
     
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    Good chance you have a bad flinch also.
     
  11. phirel

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    A related question. Inconsistently when wet, my K-80 will partially open after shooting the second shot on doubles. The locking mechanism is directly exposed to the rain. Is this a problem that warrants attention?

    Pat Ireland
     
  12. kraiza

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    Lesson to the GunDr he is right. You need a new locking bolt. Your gun should work the same way wet or dry.
     
  13. southjblue

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    Why shoot in the rain unless you are in a match?---SJB---
     
  14. AAtrap

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    SJB, I was shooting the last event of a registered shoot. It's not the first time I've shot in the rain and it probably won't be the last. Steve
     
  15. porky

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    Pat,

    Anytime the O/U locking mechanism allows any gun to partially open, it should have it's locking mechanism repaired. Any O/U gun that starts to open, wet or dry, you have a potential for a really life threating issue.
     
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