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Citori top lever sandpapering my thumb!

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Nathaniel Firethorn, May 17, 2005.

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  1. Nathaniel Firethorn

    Nathaniel Firethorn Member

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    Hi, all,

    After three rounds of trap last night, it wasn't my shoulder that hurt, it was my right thumb from breaking the gun 75 times. The top lever is really a little sub-ergonomic for me. Is there anything that can be done to improve the ergos?*

    Thanks,
    - pdmoderator


    * Yeah, I know, buy an 870/Benelli/1100/Purdy/[shotgunname]... :neener:
     
  2. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Send it here and I'll test it out. Or bring it, it's not that far to here from Freehold.

    Seriously, my guess is it will work in a bit and then be easier on your anatomy. New Berettas are kinda stiffish. Try a thin leather glove for now.
     
  3. Nathaniel Firethorn

    Nathaniel Firethorn Member

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    Freehold? I'm about 45 minutes from Freehold. Nearer to the Коммунистический партия Headquarters in Prisstown, where the deer wear condoms and the low-hanging branches have nose scars.

    Maybe I'll take an old deerskin motorcycle glove and cut off the trigger finger.

    Thanks,
    - pd.
     
  4. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Hmm, got married in Manapalan. As for a glove, golf gloves, they tell me, work well for protecting the hands.

    HTH....
     
  5. sm

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    That Citori is defective - send it to me and I'll see if anything can be done about it kinda doubt it, I'll check it just because anyway :D

    With use it will smooth. Gloves are not a bad idea. You could try using a brass shell casing or similar and seeing if burnishing helps. A brass rod polished, think similar to an Awl, worked gently , slowly and such will burnish without taking off the bluing. You just want to accelerate the normal wear is all.
     
  6. HSMITH

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    Let everyone you know shoot the snot out of it. A Citori is unreasonably tight right out of the box, and it takes 30K rounds or so before they act somewhat civil. I have had 3 of them, well two and a 425, and got rid of all of them mostly due to them being so freaking tight. When you need both hands and one leg to break the gun open something is wrong. To some it equates to quality and fine fit, to me it is just a PITA.
     
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    I was born in Farmingdale; when it WAS a Farmingdale. I have an ex who is a judge in your parts, haven't seen her in 35 years but our son says she is still killing herself with drugs :rolleyes:
    I like my Citori skeetgun, put since it's a .410 I don't have that problem! :neener:
    I was back at my old family homestead outside Farmingdale last Aug. it still is 5 acres of paradise surrounded by Yuppie estates instead of chicken farms! I saw a few BIG deer there when I visited at sundown, they were out near the woodline in the cranberry patch. I didn't see those when I grew up there! :confused:
    Anyway I left in 64, never to live there again as the gun laws were beginning to suck even then. I moved to "free" California, where I carried free until the goldang liberals took over in the late 80's! :cuss:
     
  8. crackerjack

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    You may want to try lubing if action and lever is stiff. I'am in process of breaking in new side / side it is very stiff, also cleaned and lubed my citori and it made a tremendous difference. I applied a very light coat with a q-tip of Wilson gun grease to all acessable metal contact areas and shooters choice FP 10 to top lever and let it soak in while working. It made a word of difference my citori doesn't feel like the same gun after lubing it this way, is much smoother and easier it had plenty of oil before . Another possibility is to apply a small felt furniture type pad with the sticky back to top lever to protect thumb, easily removed and cleaned up .
    Hope it helps
     
  9. Hawk

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    Nice thing about clays is you won't have any trouble racking up enough rounds to smooth the action up considerably.

    My "new last year" Beretta was, as the man said, "stiffish". Getting it worn in is fun. I get curious as the field models seem just as stiff - just using one during dove season could leave it acting like gymnasium equipment for several lifetimes.
     
  10. 45auto

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    The Brownings I have, as well made as they are, are a bit "edgy". I suspect because they are machine made. They could use a bit of dehorning so to speak.

    But, I have one 425 that was very tight. A well qualified smith that works on O/U's took a file to it and 5 minutes later...much better.
     
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    The Brownings I have, as well made as they are, are a bit "edgy". I suspect because they are machine made. They could use a bit of dehorning so to speak.

    But, I have one 425 that was very tight. A well qualified smith that works on O/U's took a file to it and 5 minutes later...much better.

    Short of that, some oil down the top lever and perhaps some lub where the locking lug fits into the bbl lugs.

    Good luck
     
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