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Author:  hennigm4 [ Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:19 am ]
Post subject:  Browning Silver Hunter cocking difficulties

Hello, just bought a 20 G silver Hunter for my SO. Gun fits her great, one small problem..The charging handle is very hard for her to pull back, it is very small and the spring tension is high. Does anyone else have or had this problem? Any solutions?

Thank you,

Mike

Author:  Rollin Oswald [ Thu May 14, 2015 9:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Browning Silver Hunter cocking difficulties

Mike,

You might get more responses if you also post your question in the Shotgun Gunsmithing forum above.

Author:  VTHokiesDuckHunter [ Thu May 14, 2015 9:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Browning Silver Hunter cocking difficulties

I'd shoot about 100 rounds of fairly hot/heavy loads through it. (You - not her). And make sure you clean it good first.

Author:  Ulysses [ Fri May 15, 2015 8:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Browning Silver Hunter cocking difficulties

hennigm4 wrote:
Hello, just bought a 20 G silver Hunter for my SO. Gun fits her great, one small problem..The charging handle is very hard for her to pull back, it is very small and the spring tension is high. Does anyone else have or had this problem? Any solutions?

Thank you,

Mike


My first suggestion would be to remove the recoil (action) spring and clean it thoroughly and the tube it runs in. Then lubricate it lightly with lightweight gun oil. I'm assuming that this recoil spring is in the buttstock as it is on most autoloading shotguns.

Also clean the inside of the receiver thoroughly and lightly lubricate it, especially the bolt rails.

Finally, I would look for an enlarged bolt handle. This would make it easier to get hold of for retraction of the bolt.

A bit of practice might help also since it is a somewhat awkward motion for someone not used to it. Perhaps bracing the butt of the gun on her upper thigh or hipbone area while retracting the bolt would help. I see some guys doing the same (bracing) thing when retracting the bolt.

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