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 Post subject: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:21 pm 
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I recently bought a Joel Etchen Special 687 28/410 combo. I like the gun and have been shooting sporting clays with it.

But today when I got home and was cleaning the gun I noticed the mid bead was gone.

It’s not a big deal as I don’t notice it when I’m shooting, but the gun came with one and I want to replace it.

I’m not going to send the gun back for this, what I’m wondering is the mid bead pressed in or is it threaded. My old eyes can’t tell.




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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:35 pm 
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Lost the mid bead out of my 686 (about 1.5 yrs old), it was threaded...

Believe this is the part: https://www.berettausa.com/en-us/bead-mid-rib-2-2x-45-391-dt1o-12-20-competition-/c54550/


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:39 pm 
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Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:26 pm 
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Mine did not go in easy, and I took needle nose pliers wrapped in tape and still marred it up. I was wondering if they use a special tool to get it in?


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:31 pm 
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Probably. But a tiny, tiny drop of loctite will help lubricate the threads too...


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:34 am 
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First do the install with the barrel off. Use tweezers padded with tape. I used blue thread locker, no more problems. The two biggest culprits knocking these off is a gun rack or gun case/slip.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:28 pm 
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Love the Etchen guns, especially the combos.
Had the same problem with the beads.
I believe that I bought replacements thru Cole's and maybe Brownells also has them.
Learned easy trick to replace this bead.
First find one of the old school wooden pencils with the barrel eraser.
use a pin to make a hole in the center of the eraser.
Push the bead in the hole with threads out.
Now you have the pencil to act as a tool to hold and insert and screw in the bead.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:49 pm 
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oldbirdhunter wrote:
Love the Etchen guns, especially the combos.
Had the same problem with the beads.
I believe that I bought replacements thru Cole's and maybe Brownells also has them.
Learned easy trick to replace this bead.
First find one of the old school wooden pencils with the barrel eraser.
use a pin to make a hole in the center of the eraser.
Push the bead in the hole with threads out.
Now you have the pencil to act as a tool to hold and insert and screw in the bead.


That sounds like an excellent method! Will remember that one for next time.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:18 pm 
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oldbirdhunter wrote:
Love the Etchen guns, especially the combos.
Had the same problem with the beads.
I believe that I bought replacements thru Cole's and maybe Brownells also has them.
Learned easy trick to replace this bead.
First find one of the old school wooden pencils with the barrel eraser.
use a pin to make a hole in the center of the eraser.
Push the bead in the hole with threads out.
Now you have the pencil to act as a tool to hold and insert and screw in the bead.


I ordered a replacement from Beretta. When it comes in I’ll give this a try.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:04 am 
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The mid-bead on my 694 was too proud from the factory. I used a pin vise to screw it further in and it worked perfectly.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 8:33 pm 
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Brownell's sells a tool specifically for installing these bead sights. Had the mid bead fall out of the rib on my Sharp Tail Target and I'm too darned old to try and deal with holding one of those tiny little beads. It actually made it rather easy and I did use a bit of locktite as a lubricant. BTW, ordered a Beretta bead at the same time as the tool so I now have a CZ shotgun that actually has "some" Beretta parts in it.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 2:18 pm 
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Got the bead from beretta, used a little locktite and the pencil eraser. Used a pair of pliers to snug it down a little.

I removed and replaced the one on my 410 barrel while I was at it. Hopefully they will stay put now.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 5:28 pm 
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And today I got a bead from Etchen. I emailed them but didn’t hear back, so I went ahead and ordered from Beretta. Could have saved $14. Now I have a spare.


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 Post subject: Re: 687 mid bead
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 6:14 pm 
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Driving down to Ligonier, PA this Friday to pick up the JEG 687 SP III 410/28 gauge combo. Will be taking both my 12 and 20 gauge 686's along so I can match the figuring and color on my current stocks. Note, the 12 gage has a really old NOS 682 Gold E stock and the 20 has a 687 EL stock mounted. Both have adjustable combs and I expect I'll install a Grado comb kit on the new gun just like I did with the 20 gauge.

Anyhow this post has triggered me to add to the note listing guns that appear to match to ask if they can locktite the mid beads on the new barrels for the gun I select. While I could do this myself the Arthritis in my thumbs makes doing something like this more painful with each passing month.




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