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Help installing bead sight.

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  1. jogar80

    jogar80 Member

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    I have a winchester 1300 and i bought an unventilated barrel for it for HD. I have cut the barrel down to 18.5" and squared up the end pretty nicely. Now I just need to install a bead sight but I have no idea how to center it! Any suggestions?
     
  2. Steve C

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    Go to YouTube and search for installing shotgun bead sight. This link shows you one way to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Di4Q8guco

    Unless you have the equipment this may be one of those things that the cost of the tools is equal to or more expensive than paying a Gunsmith to do it for you.
     
  3. Black Knight

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    Save yourself the trouble and take it to a competent gunsmith. It will be money well spent. The key is finding a competent gunsmith because now a days anyone can call themselves anything but it doesn't mean it is so. There are a lot of gun butchers out there so be careful.
     
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    You might want to look into one of the XS front sights, they have some that epoxy on a plain barrel.
     
  5. Dirty Bob

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    Last time I did this, I tied a thread around the original bead and tied/taped the other at the breach (it's a single shot hammerless). I marked the bead location before making the cut in the barrel.

    After making triple-sure gun is unloaded (you could remove trigger group as a precaution), you could put a thread down the top of your barrel and receiver with the ends taped with masking tape. Now you can lightly clamp the gun in a padded vise and look at it carefully from both ends. The human eye is good at centering things, especially if you can step back a bit.

    Mark your bead location and check again to see if it looks centered from both ends, from above, etc. I got drill bit and tap as a set from Midway, IIRC. I bought the replacement bead at the same time. I don't suggest re-using the bead. You don't know what its threading is, and it's hard to discern with such a small object.

    Make sure to clean up the hole after drilling and after tapping, being very careful not to mess up the threads. Check to make sure your bead's shank doesn't protrude into the barrel. I'd use a file to shorten it, if needed, and I use a tiny drop of blue Loctite on shotgun bead threads.

    All my best,
    Dirty Bob
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Ever do it again, center it in the new location before you cut the barrel off.

    Wrap a doubled strand of fine wire or monofilament line around the bead and stretch it back over the center of the groove in the top of the receiver.

    Then mark the new location with a center punch between the wires.

    It will be as perfectly centered as the factory bead was centered.


    Oops!
    I was thinking & typing while Bob was posting!

    Sorry Bob!!!! :eek:

    rc
     
  7. jogar80

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    Throwing a line down from the bead is a great idea.... Now i know, lol. I guess for this one i'm just gonna have to eyeball it
     
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  8. KCJ

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    Buy a cheap "snap on" fiber-optic sight off E-Bay which is designed for a plain barrel and use it as a jig. Snap it on your barrel and adjust it to where it looks right, notice that the front of this sight has a V notch which normally fits around the bead and will later be use to index the bead. Rap the barrel with a piece of masking tape and make a witness mark on the tape and the sight base. Go out and fire it. If it is right on, then check the witness mark to be sure the recoil didn't move the sight and use the V notch to position your punch for drilling. You can twist the f/b sight side to side if needed, just remark the location before test firing. Hold the f/b sight back from the muzzle about 3/8".

    Hopes this helps.
     
  9. jogar80

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    I think im gonna try that!
     
  10. Dirty Bob

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    KJC, that was a great idea! Well done!

    Bob
     
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