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Removing Bt-99 rib pickets

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Beretta Young Gun, Apr 8, 2012.

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  1. Beretta Young Gun

    Beretta Young Gun Active Member

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    This is a question for all you metal workers out there. I'm working on a new rib design for my bt-99. Before I can attach the new rib I need to remove the old rib and pickets. My question is what is the best way to remove the pickets? I was planning to just grind them off, but wat if I heat the pickets up any and try to twist them off with a pair of plyers? Would that work. I'm trying to come up with a method that would leave the barrel compketely unharmed. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. BYG
     
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    I believe that they are brazed on and can be heated and removed. Stew wright should be able to help you out..
     
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    Seems to me I remember from some where that ribs are soldered on and fairly easily removed with some heat from a torch starting at one end and moving the heat along the barrel as the solder melts. Reattaching one is where the craftsmanship comes in.
     
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    Thanks fellas. I'm actually working on a rib that's kinda like a kolar rib in that its free floating in the middle and anchored to the exsisting step in the rib at the back and adjustable via a hanger in the front. No new materials need be added to the barrel, just some metal removed. Ill keep ya all posted on how it turns out
     
  6. Twinbirds

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    uh, keeping the barrel straight as it cools it the craftsmenship part. you can not simply heat 'er up, remove the pickets and let it cool off. cause and effect, it will bow the barrel without restraints, or will have to be straightened after they are removed. If you are simply looking to make an adjustable rib it wouls be best to have something to keep rib in line with the barrel and just let the rib float over the pickets.
     
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    Duh, do ya think it is time for a gunsmith
     
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    Sometimes even the simplest looking jobs need a professional. Metal expands when heated and you change the temper of the metal if not done properly.
     
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    which brings up another point, less is best
     
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