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 Post subject: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:40 pm 
I just purchased a used 686 onyx. I have never had an O/U before so I don't understand how the barrel selector works. You push it to one side and there are 2 red dots and you push it the other way and there is 1 red dot. What does this tell me?




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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:47 pm 
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One dot = shoot bottom barrel first
Two dots = shoot top barrel first

Go to www.berettausa.com and have them send you an owners manual (you can probably download a copy there, too).


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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:20 pm 
If you can't remember it, just try thinking "two is top". Two dots is the top barrel. That's what I do.


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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 10:29 am 
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did you not get an owners manual?

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:35 am 
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I have an S686 E. Same gun more or less. They are right, one dot=bottom barrel first, two dots=top barrel first. There is no need to switch the selector when firing two shots, just squeeze the trigger twice.

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:47 pm 
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Clayslayer wrote:
There is no need to switch the selector when firing two shots, just squeeze the trigger twice.


how so?

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 9:14 pm 
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The selector only determines which barrel will fire first. The trigger assembly is equiped with an inertia divice that automaticaly resets the trigger to fire the second barrel.
So clayslayer is correct in saying that you just pull the trigger a second time to fire the second barrel.

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:19 pm 
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Yeah, what blunder said.

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:43 pm 
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oh yeah. i thought that he meant something else.

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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 3:13 pm 
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If my gun has a single selective trigger, I can fire both barrels, one after the other, simply by pulling the trigger a second time. The difference between single trigger and single selective trigger then means you can select which barrel you want to fire first the top barrel then the bottom as opposed to the bottom first then the top second. Does that sound correct? :lol:


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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:50 pm 
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correct


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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:55 pm 
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I purchased a 686 Onyx in Boulder CO 11 years ago and didn't use it till recently to discover that the if the selector is set to one red dot (bottom) then it only fires one barrel, is this a fault? I always thought the bottom barrel of an o/u fired first and had full choke on the top thinking the single red dot was for a long shot in the field when theres no need of a second shot. I have reversed the chokes to solve the problem.


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 Post subject: Re: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:19 pm 
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lmillery2k wrote:
I purchased a 686 Onyx in Boulder CO 11 years ago and didn't use it till recently to discover that the if the selector is set to one red dot (bottom) then it only fires one barrel, is this a fault? I always thought the bottom barrel of an o/u fired first and had full choke on the top thinking the single red dot was for a long shot in the field when theres no need of a second shot. I have reversed the chokes to solve the problem.

I'm not 100% sure of your question but with the selector on the single dot, pull the trigger and the bottom barrel fires. Pull the trigger again and the upper barrel fires. Moving the selector to 2 dots will reverse the firing order.


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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:47 pm 
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Barrell selector allows you to switch which barrel fires first. Usually used when you have to alter the pattern of the first shot without changing chokes out. Useful on the sporting field.
This means you can alternate between which choke/barrel is used first without having to physically switch the chokes out

Just remember, you need to fully release the trigger before the 2nd barrel will fire.

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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:22 pm 
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Lmillery2k-
Whichever barrel you shoot first, you should then get the other shot. If it's not giving you the second shot, it should go to a gunsmith. It might just need to be cleaned.
Traditionally, you shoot the lower barrel first; it has the more open choke. Before interchangable chokes, shotguns were made that way, the idea being that you shot more first shots than second shots, so if any barrel got hot it was the lower one, which was farther from your sighting plane. That way heat waves wouldn't blur your vision.
Most modern hunters don't get to shoot at enough birds to have that problem, but in the good old days.............or if you're a really lousy shot, it might matter.


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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:42 am 
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You'd have to shoot the absolute piss out of an o/u to get heat waves rolling off it. Holy cow. I've had a couple of 500 round days and the darn thing (my 686 SE) was nowhere near hot the entire time.

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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:59 pm 
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If I'm by myself and shoot about 50 rounds from the top barrel (goes pretty fast), I can easily see the heat rising off the barrel of my 686WOS. It's very annoying. If I use the bottom barrel, the fore end iron gets pretty darn hot.


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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:20 pm 
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Thanks everybody for your replies, sorry I took so long to reply back.
I am taking it to a gunsmith when the season ends Feb1, it seems to be a mechanical fault.
thanks again,
to Raven1, I have always wanted to visit your great state sometime, never got the chance when I lived in Colorado, will try to stay in touch, drop me a mail sometime. lflannery@topmail.ie

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Lorcan Flannery
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 Post subject: re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:03 pm 
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lmillery2k, since it is an inertial trigger if you are using light loads the trigger may not reset. I shot with a guy who reloaded them awfully light. Not having it going bang when shooting doubles is annoying. :)

good luck with the gun.

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 Post subject: Re: 686 Onyx Barrel Selector
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:24 pm 
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Caution: If you ever change a stock on a Beretta S686 make sure their is a coller/stop on the stock blot. The stock blot will travel into the trigger/inertia block SST and bend the hell out of the boxlock system, trigger etc.
Beretta dont warm you; Midwest Gun Work dont either. Your gunsmith will love ya$$$$. Beretta fails to explain it in their owner manuals. Inother words you got SCREWED!




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