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Somebody school me on Browning forearms

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by GoDawgs, May 31, 2010.

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  1. GoDawgs

    GoDawgs Member

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    I want to get a new forearm for my Browning Citori (it's a 1996 model). I called Browning and they are telling me that I need to send my gun to them to fit the wood to the hardware which means I won't have a gun for a month or so. I didn't think buying a forearm would be so much work.

    Is it really that big of a variance from gun to gun and forearm to forearm that doing a bunch of work to fit the forearm is really necessary? I guess I expected it to be more of a bolt-on option since these guns are mass produced.

    (note - i don't care about matching forearm wood to stock wood because I have a PFS)
     
  2. phirel

    phirel TS Member

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    Metal parts can be duplicated with great precision. The machinery for duplicating wood is not nearly as precise as the machinery used to duplicate metal.

    Pat Ireland
     
  3. GoDawgs

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    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for the response. I have checked out their website. I think I will buy it from them. But, do you think that alot of fitting is usually required? Obviously, I was hoping that I can mount my existing hardware on the new one myself since it looks fairly simple (a few screws)? I was hoping not to have to engage a local gunsmith.....
     
  4. JerryP

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    fitting is required. My Citori forearm has a serial number stamped on it. It has been a while since I had it apart but it is probably just like my BT99. On the BT's the wood is an intregal part of the mechanism. The wood is sandwiched between the metal hardware. The thickness of the wood between the metal parts is critical. I don't like it but it must be the cheapest way to do it.
    Also you will need special thin gunsmith screwdriver bits to keep from buggering up the screws.
     
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