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 Post subject: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:02 pm 
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Took my 12ga AL390 Gold Mallard out yesterday for dove opener. Got rained on a little and went to clean it at the end of the day and make sure no water got inside the fore end or other places I didn't want it. Exterior wiped down and bore snake no problem. Went to remove the fore end cap and I could not budge it. Had not cinched it down tight when I started and I thought after it cooled off it would be easier to get off. But no go. Got out the channel locks this morning and with a little effort got it off. No problems inside, but I re-lubed it just in case for today. Also put some lube on the pin protruding out the back of the fore end cap in case it froze up. Never had this cap stuck this hard before. Is there something I should be checking or did that pin just freeze up on me.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:04 pm 
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Loosen it right after you're done shooting.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:06 pm 
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JD-Man wrote:
Took my 12ga AL390 Gold Mallard out yesterday for dove opener. Got rained on a little and went to clean it at the end of the day and make sure no water got inside the fore end or other places I didn't want it. Exterior wiped down and bore snake no problem. Went to remove the fore end cap and I could not budge it. Had not cinched it down tight when I started and I thought after it cooled off it would be easier to get off. But no go. Got out the channel locks this morning and with a little effort got it off. No problems inside, but I re-lubed it just in case for today. Also put some lube on the pin protruding out the back of the fore end cap in case it froze up. Never had this cap stuck this hard before. Is there something I should be checking or did that pin just freeze up on me.

Any thoughts or insights appreciated.

Thanks,

JD


Keep it well lubed at all time. Snug the cap down from time to time while shooting. Back the cap off a little before putting it away at the end of the day. Pretty much the same process I use for choke tubes. Keep 'em lubed. Snug 'em down when using. Loosen 'em up before putting gun away. Works for me.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:42 pm 
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Why is it that fore end caps are the scourge of semis? It seems like they either get stuck or get loose.

I know the AL390, AL391 and A300 Outlander caps have internal parts that need to move, so be sure they are clean and well-lubed. I have never had my AL390 Silver Mallard cap get stuck in place, but I have had the ones on my AL391 and A300 get stuck. I keep forgetting to pick up a cheap strap wrench at Harbor Freight to keep in my shooting bag...

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:33 pm 
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Typically on both my 390 & 391 I will screw the cap on tight and then loosen it three clicks. I am told the heat of the barrel when shooting causes expansion and makes the cap hard to remove. I typically shoot trap with mine and it surely gets hot. My three click rule and cap lubrication has not failed me yet.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:52 pm 
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desmobob wrote:
I know the AL390, AL391 and A300 Outlander caps have internal parts that need to move, so be sure they are clean and well-lubed.


The greatest offender is the 391, not the 390. https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=79775

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:51 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
The greatest offender is the 391, not the 390. https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=79775


An excellent reading recommendation for 391 owners.

I have Seamus' book. His Beretta semi-auto knowledge is certainly impressive. Haven't seen a post from him in a long while...

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
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Seamus did an outstanding job covering the 391. Really, really good. There were some family health issues a while back.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:24 am 
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I hope all is well with him and his loved ones.

Stay healthy,
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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:38 am 
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Get the Briley cap for a 391, no more issues. Easier to take apart clean and lube. Don't think Briley makes one for the 390, not listed on the Briley site.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:45 am 
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The forend may have absorbed some moisture from the rain and swelled a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:05 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
Seamus did an outstanding job covering the 391. Really, really good.


Randy is correct. I have used the 390/391 post from Seamus many times. I have it bookmarked in case I forget something.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:58 pm 
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Thanks for all the replies. I will keep an eye on the cap and keep it lubed.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:11 am 
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Briley does make a cap for the 390 also.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:23 am 
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Illini Shooter wrote:
Briley does make a cap for the 390 also.

Could you please post a link to that 390 cap on the Briley site? I only see A300, 391,A400 and Extrema. Beretta shows 2 different part numbers, 390 and 391 don't interchange.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:28 am 
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Call them. I bought one at Nationals last year for a 390. They had to bring it from the shop the next day for me. They still have them just not a big seller because of the age of the gun. They may run out some day and not make more but stormy said they had plenty.


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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:23 pm 
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There's really nothing wrong with the original 390 magazine cap as long as you keep them lubricated and loosen them up occasionally. Of course, if you want a "weighted" cap, that's a different story.

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 Post subject: Re: AL390 question
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:01 am 
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That's good news. I may have to give Briley's a call. Thanks.




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