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Rem 870 front bead removal

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by pipsqueak, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. pipsqueak

    pipsqueak G&G Newbie

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    I tried to unscrew the front bead on a remington 870 so I
    could properly install the Hi-Viz set which actually sucks
    which I know because I tried them out and they are terrible.
    I was able to try them because of an adhesive on the bottom
    of the HiViz front sight.



    They are plastic fiber optic sights you attach to a shotgun.
    I like some fiber optic sights like ones that come on a barrel
    originally, but with the HiViz it is hard to tell where your
    virtual crosshairs are lining up.

    Anyway I was twisting with a pair of pliers and the bead was
    twisting, but not coming out. Yes I was turning to the left.
    Now I want to get the bead out and put another in because
    I chewed it up pretty good on behalf of the HiViz.

    How do I get the bead out and another one in?

    I removed some of the matte or bluing or whatever it is toward
    the front of the barrel while I was attempting to unscew the bead.

    Can I paint on bluing or matte? Is there gun paint? I don't want
    the barrel to get rusty up there.
     
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  2. rebel727

    rebel727 G&G Enthusiast

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    It's probably solderd in. Get some cold blue.
     
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  3. jerry

    jerry G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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  4. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

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    jerry is correct, the 870 has pressed in beads. go see a gunsmith, you'll probably be taken care of for about $20.
     
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  5. pipsqueak

    pipsqueak G&G Newbie

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    Thanks for the good advice. Any do it yourself gunsmiths know how to tap out
    a front bead that's pressed?
     
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  6. rebel727

    rebel727 G&G Enthusiast

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    you have to be very careful but you can cut the old bead off flush, drill and tap it. You really need a drill press to drill it so you stay centered tho.
     
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  7. pipsqueak

    pipsqueak G&G Newbie

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    I understand up until drill, but I don't know what you mean by "tap."
    Drill where the bead was and then what?

    How do I put a new bead in?
     
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  8. rebel727

    rebel727 G&G Enthusiast

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    Get a threaded bead and the approriate sized drill bit and tap. Once the old bead is drilled out you can tap threads in the hole and screw the new bead in.

    Best bet is take it to a gunsmith.
     
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  9. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

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    just take it to a smith, it'll be cheaper in the long run.
     
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  10. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Evangelist

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    A tap is the tool used to cut threads in a hole ..............
    have someone do this for you
     
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  11. pipsqueak

    pipsqueak G&G Newbie

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    Nooooo it defies my principles!
     
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  12. pipsqueak

    pipsqueak G&G Newbie

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    Never!
     
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  13. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Enthusiast

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    Try Brownells. They sell alignment kits for shotgun sights that include the necessary
    jig(s) to mount bead, rifle, or buckhorn sights.
    Get a drill press to make sure you keep the bit straight and to hold it steady when you tap the barrel.
    As far as the bluing goes, you can try some touch-up bluing, but it won't last long. Order a Dura-Coat setup and refinish the whole thing yourself for less than $170. It paints on with an aerosol airbrush (included) and it only takes about 4 hours to do it properly. After it air dries for 24 hours, it's ready to shoot and the finish will get harder as time goes on.

    http://www.lauerweaponry.com/index.cfm
     
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  14. JayFredMuggs

    JayFredMuggs G&G Newbie

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    Not ALL 870's have pressed in beads. I have an 870 TB trap that is approximately 45 years old with a 30" vent rib with a screw in bead. I recently replaced the broken bead with a HiViz sight and love it.
    It's all about personal preference.
     
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