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#1 dull

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 06:29 PM

I have a cheap Boito Over/Under shotgun. I've heard bad reviews about them but its what I have to work with for the time being. Sometimes it is hard to break open and even have to break it over my knee. I was wondering if anyone can suggest a solution (besides getting a new shotgun). I opened it up and noticed the hammer springs are wound really tight when the hammers are cocked---comrpessed all the way and some snaking in the spring. I was wondering if I took some coils off this would help? Thanks.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:07 AM

try diffrent shells, like some with brass base, don't mess with the springs, stephen

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 01:53 PM

take it to a smith.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:46 PM

I heard they are tight like that because hot loads will loosen them up over time. It should lose up after a few hundred rounds.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 10:52 PM

Have you contacted the manufacturers?

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 08:18 AM

I don't think Boito is in business anymore or is imported to the USA anymore. I don't know if any of the parts from other Brazilian makers are interchangeable ie. the iga/stoeger condor. Many double barrel shotguns when new seem stiff to me.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 09:04 AM

take it to a smith.

Yup.......Some gunsmiths specialize in shotguns. Check at your local trap, skeet or sporting clays facility for a reference.Having to break open a loaded shotgun over your knee is dangerous.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:30 PM

I have a cheap Boito Over/Under shotgun. I've heard bad reviews about them but its what I have to work with for the time being. Sometimes it is hard to break open and even have to break it over my knee. I was wondering if anyone can suggest a solution (besides getting a new shotgun). I opened it up and noticed the hammer springs are wound really tight when the hammers are cocked---comrpessed all the way and some snaking in the spring. I was wondering if I took some coils off this would help? Thanks.

A late thanks to you guys....sorted out the problem myself. In case anyone has similar issue: Per advice didn't touch the springs. I noticed drag marks from the firing pins on the primers after breaking open the gun. So what I did was pull em out, clean everything up (all old gunk/grease) and I polished the firing pins with a fine grinding wheel and buffer-----rounded out the tips of the firing pins and polished up the sides some and now they slide by without digging in the primers and it works just fine.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:14 PM

What have you been cleaning with?I had a stubborn safety on a 20 ga. that I have that finally just resolved itself out of the blue when I started using CLP instead of Hoppe's.




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