Double barreled shotgun top break lever question

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  1. orpington

    orpington Member

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    What would cause the top lever on a barely used side by side shotgun to be substantially to the RIGHT of centre?
     
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  2. denster

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    It is new. Oh a high quality double the lever will be to the right of center. After a period of use it will close to near center as it wears in. it is the way it is supposed to be.
     
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  3. jaguarxk120

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    Over time the parts wear-in or mate together. The top lever will move to the center just as denster has said.
    On a used gun if the lever is far over to the left, you know some action is needed.
     
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  4. orpington

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    That’s what I thought, but just making sure.
     
  5. Cvans

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    It's when the lever is left of center that you need to be concerned as the gun is showing signs of wear.
     
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  6. orpington

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    Yes, that’s what I’m aware of. Most the time you see them a bit to the right of centre, but this one was considerably more than I had ever seen before.
     
  7. 12Bravo20

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    And isn't just SxS shotguns either. This goes for any break action shotgun even if it is a single shot or O/U.
     
  8. entropy

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    I dare you to find the top break lever on my Ljutic. Or an, Alfermann, Seitz, Bowen, or DeVault. :D
    These all have locking systems that are actuated by either pulling a button in front of the trigger guard back (The Ljutic; it is actually the front of the locking block.) or pushing the whole trigger guard back, or the back of the trigger guard up.

    I like watching people try to figure out how to open my Ljutic when they look at it.

    Oh, and the H& R Toppers have a latch button next to the hammer you push down.

    Then there's the older (usually European) break opens that have an underlever or side lever.
     
  9. 12Bravo20

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    @entropy you own some oddballs then :p Most of my break action shotguns have a center lever on top. Now my old Savage 20 gauge as the lever on the side of the receiver.


    All kidding aside not all break actions have a lever on top of the receiver. But for those that do, it is common for them to point to the right.
     
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  10. Appalachiannative

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    I've seen neat old stuff like that. I've seen a side by side where you open it by pushing one of the triggers backwards. Seen one where a metal piece on the bottom of the fore arm swings to the side
     
  11. jaguarxk120

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    The Ljutic is not old, but rather one of the top trap guns made.
    Joel Etchen Guns Just sold one for $8500!!
     
  12. Appalachiannative

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    Oh! Learn something new all the time. Only guns I've ever seen where opening isn't self evident are vintage or antique
     
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