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Q I've run into a number of pump and semiauto shotguns with magazine caps that are extremely tight. How can I remove them quickly and easily without damage? I don't want to use any pliers or tools that will ruin or mar the knurling or finish on the magazine caps

A There are a couple of ways you can approach this problem. You definitely don't want to use regular pliers with serrated steel jaws as that will definitely damage the magazine caps. Goodness knows you see a lot of older shotguns with scarred, beat up magazine caps where someone used the wrong tool to try to take 'em off.

The best solution is to use Brownells Magazine Tube/Cap Pliers. These are pliers with special curved cushioned jaws. The cushions are made of a tough plastic that last forever or so it seems. The pliers I own have been in use for many years and I have yet to replace the cushioned jaws. These pliers sell for less than $40 and are well worth the price.

The other option is just to place the magazine cap between the padded jaws of your vise and then turn the gun. When I do it this way, I use vise jaw inserts that are covered with leather. It works like a champ!




Q I have a Browning Model 1900.32ACPpistol with a very bad barrel. Due to corrosive ammunition and the lack of care at some point in the past, the barrel is severely pitted. I want to rebarrel the pistol, but lam confused about how the barrel is attached to the frame. Is it pressed in and pinned like the Makarov?

A No. The barrel on the Model 1900 Browning is threaded into the frame and at times can be very difficult to remove .without damage to the frame. If you attempt to remove it, be very careful!



Q How can I tell if the bores of my over and under shotgun are chrome-plated

A First clean the bore thoroughly to remove all traces of oil, solvent or fouling. Next take a good cold blue and using a Q-tip, apply a drop of the cold blue to the surface of the bore at a point where you can easily see it. I usually do this near the muzzle. If the bore is chrome-plated, the cold blue will have ho effect on the steel; it will not color the metal. If, on the other hand, the bore is not plated; the cold blue should darken or discolor the steel.

By the way, some manufacturers such as Browning will chrome plate the chamber but not the bore on some shotguns. To check the bore, be sure to actually conduct the cold blue test in the bore and not in the chamber.


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Author:Coffield, Reid
Publication:Shotgun News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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