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EHCRain10
November 2, 2007, 03:38 AM
while reading a post about cowboy action shooting, it was mentioned that you could slicken up the action

is that possible with all pump actions (ive got an 870, 2 500's and an escort)
if so, what would be the best way to go about doing that, without visiting a gunsmith, and would it effect the long term life of the gun?

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mljdeckard
November 2, 2007, 04:50 AM
When you're talking about cowboy shooting, they usually mean Winchester '97s. (I think.) They limit them to two rounds, they start with the breech open, load one in the chamber, and one in the magazine. Close the action, one shot, quick pump, second shot. This is a substitute for a side-by-side.

Slickening up the slide on an old gun and a modern pump aren't exactly the same thing. I found on my 870, just shooting a few thousand rounds loosened everything up. My dad has two 97s, one has been restored, with new springs and finish, the other is pounded to snot. The restored one is much smoother, and you can hear all the distinct clicks and springs as you work the slide.

Dave McCracken
November 2, 2007, 10:06 AM
Work polishing. As mentioned,a couple thousand rounds smooths things up nicely.

Am doing some polishing today. Watch for new thread later.

ATAShooter
November 2, 2007, 12:37 PM
I shoot Trap with a Model 12, so you can amagine the workout and dirt I accumulate. I can't use alot of oil for the obvious. Go to Lowe's and get some Teflon. Disassemble yor pump gun and clean it well so that the steel is dry. Take a qtip and apply this teflon to all metal to metal moving parts. TRICK !! - let dry for 2 hours before reassembly. Re assemble and it will be slicker than a minnow's tool. Plus, being a dry lube, it dont cause a gunk up.

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foghornl
November 2, 2007, 12:53 PM
"Work Polishing" as Mr. McCracken mentioned is the best way.

What has helped my pumpguns (Maverick 88 & Mossberg 500A) was to field strip those guns, and use a tiny bit of RemOil on the pivot/friction points of elevator, catridge & shell stops.

32 Magnum
November 2, 2007, 02:47 PM
ATA,
Thanks for posting the info on the Teflon lube - I gotta get me some of that! I can think of a couple dozen uses for it.

Pump Gun Pimp
November 2, 2007, 02:53 PM
I like the teflon too.
I use it on the internal action parts, but still use oil to wipe down externally. I like due to I don't get gunky stuff like I did with oil inside the receiver. Just use it sparingly, a tad goes a mile. Make sure you shake it good. It is like lighter fluid (naptha) with teflon in it. Then the lighter fluid dries and leaves straight teflon.

EHCRain10
November 2, 2007, 03:02 PM
so it sounds like it would be a better to spend my money on a few cases of shells and some boxes of clays?
i have no problem doing that.
Thanks for the advice

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