Does anyone use a Timney Recoil reducer for the BT 99 Plus ? What are your opinions of it and can it be self installed easily ? AND, NO I am not interested in modifying my gun for another reducer ! Thanks
I have Timney reducers in both my BT+ and Citori+. The Timney is a major improvement over the original Browning unit that featured the "ca-chunk" sound on each shot. It is a direct replacement, no modification is needed. The Timney is quiet and has two springs which both can be adjusted for compression. It takes a bit of work to get the compression correct with the Timney unit. Adjust the springs too tight and you get no compresion and no recoil reduction. Too loose, and the unit bottoms and provides no effective compression. You have to spend some time adjusting it to your shells and size of body.
When I started working on mine I set the springs very stiff, put a piece of masking tape on the area that compresses and shot a few shots. I loosened the spring tension gradually and repeated the shots. When the tape indicated almost full compression it seemed to work the best. When you get it right it works great and lasts for years.
I actually had one of the original single spring units when Al first put them on the market. At the Grand I was visiting with him a few years later and he showed me his improved version. Al gave me a new dual spring unit in trade for my old single spring unit even up. Nice fellow and a real craftsman when he was in his prime.