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  1. If you find some then they will almost certainly need fitting and rimming . Is it just a case problem ? Or do you mean that the case does not eject clear ? Some guns for reasons no one has ever explained just dont seem to like some cartridges .
  2. There are a couple of ways that any gunsmith can do for you quickly . It can depend on if it has been tightened before or not as to which . Loose forends can lead to loose actions , ejection and cocking problems .
  3. What is the problem? Broken/worn ? Is it the extractors or the slides ?
  4. Could be they need taking out and cleaning to get rid of dried oil .There is also cam with a small spring and plunger behind the cocking rods that lift the hammers . These can get gummed up or rusty so need to be cleaned . This why guns need be serviced occasionally to get at all the small bits you cant see .
  5. Doubt if it has anything to do with springs . Could be the tripper in the forend , as you say the cocking rod sticking or wear/ burr's on the extractor end , a loose forend etc For those who dont know . Beretta extractors are under constant pressure from the springs so they will always " lift out" to their full extent when the gun is opened . When fired the trippers will effectively hold the extractor down till the camming point when it will slip allowing the springs to throw the extractor out . The problem may well be the trippers are holding back when they shouldn't so the problem lies in finding why this is happening . Had it come to me and that there was no obvious fault seen , the first thing would be a full strip and deep clean , esspesially of ALL springs and plungers in the forend and cocking train as well as the ejectors .
  6. You could try asking at your local Berretta dealer .Who should in my opinion carry a range of simple spares . Even if they dont it should be no problem to check against a new gun .
  7. Possibly gun control .A right hander shooting left to right crosser will push the gun into the shoulder as he swings . Right to left it is frequent that the gun subconsciously is pulled by the fore hand away from the mount anchor point so actually increases lead without realising it
  8. Why do you think its the extractor ? Is it broken or badly worn ? Have you tried taking it out and cleaning the recess ,the spring is OK and checking there is no build up of carbon in the niche in the barrel ? A not uncommon fault .Are gas ports clear and all every thing else OK inside ,recoil spring etc etc I only ask as with all autos they sometimes develop faults that are not obvious and sometimes just a bit of muck in the wrong place can cause problems .
  9. Reason the stock has cracked is in my opinion that is short grained wood that should never have been used .I can only assume that as it has a large bore hole though it was deemed OK . Wood moves when worked so I guess this stock was over tightened when fitted ,causing undue pressure thus the split along the gain . This could be the other way , in so much the wood has shrunk and come lose so the shooting has had the effect of hitting the head of the stock and causing the short grain to separate and split Just one of those things unfortunately that I have seen before on guns of all kinds . My opinion based on years in the trade , stocking guns as well as being involved with buying and selling stock blanks in quantity
  10. Have you tried Gunmark [GMK] ? If not how do they compare to say those of AyA ?or other Spanish guns . A gunsmith will be able to advise you on this . They will also need to be fitted to ensure correct lifts and ejection and will probably need chambering or rimming cutters to finish .
  11. Realise its a typo but to ask what "joke" system is used made me laugh . It is my long held opinion that although multi chokes can be a slight advantage to some ,they are and have been for years a good way of extracting money from the pockets of shooters . The promise that this choke or that choke will vastly improve your shooting , when it has been long proven that you must learn where you gun shoots and how you use it , each being different . That you need to find which cartridge suits you and your gun then stick to it .Again choosing a cartridge to suit the shooting you are doing . I have seen to many people who have spent to much on ad on's they dont need and have not improved their shooting ,. Too many glowing articles in magazines about wonderful new gargets/improvements that have nothing to do with large ad's on the next page .Not to mention gunmakers desperate to sell you a new gun that you dont need with the promise it will be so so much better than the last gun they sold you with the same promise . Rant over and a happy Xmas to all and I hope Father Christmas brings you the present you want ,be it multi chokes or a decent bottle of Scotch [far more use IMHO 😁😁😁]
  12. How long is a piece of string ? Webley 700's are mostly decent guns but like all other British made goods they did suffer from production problems and some in the late 70's were not as good as the might have been . Like all guns they had their strengths and weaknesses and like all guns of there type they did need to be maintained . In general the basic 700 had fairly plain wood , but that had the advantage of strength so you dont see many with broken or replaced stocks but forend woods did occasionally split or come loose , not a big job for someone who knows what they are doing . Look for one with as much original finish as possible [ colour hardening , some did go out with brushed actions but these were mainly for export ] with clean bores as close to proof size as possible , Webley made a lot of guns in 27" as standard and would have left the factory with 1/4- 3/4 or 1/4 & 1/2 choke ,with a 14& 5/8" straight hand stock , guns made to specific order could have had any combination of choking and stock dimensions including half and full pistol hands . Barrel lengths were made in 26"/27"/28" and 30" , possibly 29" to order but very rare ,most had a concave ribs but were also made with raised flat file cut or engine turned ribs , again to order so not at all common . Churchill ribs were fitted to 25" and 26" barrels . They were made in 12, 16, 20 and 28 bore , 12 and 20 the most common 16's and 28's in the minority . Webley would within reason make any combination to customer request so there were some odd guns made , a boarder line engraved , 12b 30" full pistol ,beaver tailed forend with a raised file cut rib and blacked action , comes to mind .They were made in 3 grades 700 the basic , 702 more engraving , better wood and stocked with panels and points , 701 beaded fences , full cover engraving and much nicer wood . Specific customer orders may have been/had a variation on these so a 700 with 701 wood or 702 engraving were not uncommon for example . You may also see numerous Webley made guns bearing the names of other makers in various guises , scroll or scalloped backs , rounded actions and engraving styles the main give away is the top lever where the lever is inlet into the boss . I agree about price differences but I think that will depend on the dealer as well as the specific gun so shop around . Good luck in finding the gun of your dreams , its probably out there but finding it may be the problem .
  13. Best recommendation is to throw it away . I doubt that you will get a tread file suitable and unless you can find someone with a die of the correct thread then you risk further damage to the choke as well as to the threads in the barrel .Unfortunately I've seen quite a few barrels with the internal treads damaged for people attempting to either adapt chokes or to " repair " threads . II would suggest taking advise from a professional
  14. The gun is not an economic proposition to do more than light bore of the barrels dependent on its current bore size and wall thickness. Sad but I have scrapped quite few guns in similar condition as not viable to sell or make good . Multi choking can only be done if there is sufficient wall thickness at the muzzle and if the rest of the barrels will be accepted for proof which they are much more strict about now than they used to be also bearing in mind it would summitted as or at the same pressures as a 2&3/4" chamber .You also have to take into account the soundness of the lumps and ribs as well as the joint . To be honest I doubt if you could get it sleeved for less than £1500 . Shouldn't say this but personally would just shoot it with light loads , but of course as an ex gunsmith I feel I must advise that the gun is potentially unsafe and should not be used .
  15. What I would call dressing the muzzle . Something you did to new barrels . This in fact just going round the edge with a fine cut file and the inside with a scraper or very fine half round file if required .
  16. All a mater of opinion . Every Perazzi I have handled felt numb and clubby to me .I'm sure the stock could be altered to suit but to compared to other off the self guns they do not suit me .
  17. Plank is a little harsh .Thats the description of a Perazzi .
  18. Having held one I think thats very much a matter of opinion . They did feel/handle like their German/Austrian counter parts which I guess comes down to dimensions and weight distribution .
  19. They are based on the " Merkel "/German design . There were always rumours that the AyA was built by Merkel , that AyA bought barrelled actions from Merkel or that AyA were making them for Merkel . Gun makers over the years have copied , modified or adapted others designs as do most other industries . Good examples are the Kemman / Perazzi , Browning/Miroku, Berretta /Galazan AR ,SKB/Webley and just about any sidelock and Holland and Holland . The Coral is not a Merkel or vice-versa ,the parts are not interchangeable as I have been told on numerous occasions .They were mostly well made but suffered for over complex single triggers and out dated design . The gun mentioned , a double trigger should be OK . They were always expensive new but I dont think their second hand values held up in comparison . I dont know for certain but I always suspected it was a gun made with the idea that a more traditional design would appeal the the northern and central European market.
  20. Not trying to drum up work for my fellow gunsmiths , well may be a little bit , but like all mechanism's guns do need to be thoroughly cleaned every once in a while . Prowler mentions a Miroku that " doesn't fire the second barrel occasionally" . A vague description that could have several meanings or causes .If the fault isnt obvious and on a brief examination no major problems such as very loose actions or forends , no broken strikers for example then have to consider the inside . It may have nothing to do with the possible build up of gunge in one of the striker wells / dried up oil in the trigger piston/rust in the sear springs/ a combination of old oil and dirt in the inertia block , etc. It may be a worn striker , a weak or damaged spring or any one of several possible reasons . It may be that a deep clean is all that is required . A strip and clean should mean a full strip the gun to its component parts , some single trigger units best left alone . I started by washing off in paraffin to remove excess grease and oil if very dirty or oily , then using an ultrasonic cleaner to get all the rest clean . When all the parts were clean and dry check for any rust or roughness on plungers, signs of damage or wear on springs and strikers before assembly using only light oils and only greasing heavy bearing surfaces . Barrel bores would be polished to remove any leading or powder build up in the chamber cones , multi choke threads cleaned and chokes checked for build up of leading , not uncommon ,and damage . The gun would then be checked for function and timing . Point is a full clean can often solve a problem and or give warning of possible future problems such as weak springs , worn strikers ,worn threads and loose axel pins to name but a few .
  21. AyA parts were certainly up till I retired in 2016 , readily available for most of there range although not for some of the pre 19070's guns , due to changes in design to make component parts heavier /stronger , tumblers and ejector hammers a good example . All the parts came machined but needed to be fitted and finished , some required more fitting than others unlike mass produced Berettas or Miroku's About the only part that needed no fitting were the box lock strikers .Even so it made repairs much cheaper and quicker ,an hours fitting rather than several hours making then fitting .
  22. This question is one I have been asked many times and the answer is -It all depends -. OK I take the points raised above that AyA like many companies went through a bad patch when the guns were not as well built or finished as they might have been .There was an ongoing problem with sidelock strikers that was resolves 10/12 years ago and yes there are common problems with all AyA's that come down to they way they are made , but should not be any problem if the gun is well maintained . That said I maintain that they were a better gun than several other Spanish guns although some were better finished , Arazabagalaga , were notorious for uneven and having thin barrel walls . So yes you have to pick your guns ,look for ones that have as much original finish as possible and show the least signs of wear . Comparing to a London or Birmingham made gun is difficult , age , maker , amount of use the gun has had will all be factors and is difficult to tell .Generally if looking at middle range guns and second grade sidelocks , say Evans or Cogswell for example , you may find a good original gun that has had little use . There are also an awful lot of spiffed old knackers . As much as it hurts to say it in latter years I found that I was recommending people who wanted a side by side for moderate to heavy shooting , to seriously consider a new or recent AyA No2 , which if well looked after should give many years of service , having seen AyA's built in the early 60's still in regular use and in very good condition . The one advantage the AyA has over many British guns is the 70mm chamber , some say they are heavy and do not handle as well as a " classic English gun , which may be true but how many people have actually handled a brand new British built gun to compare ? So yes in general AyA's are not as " nice" as their British counter parts .They are not as well made or finished as the equivalent British gun would have been in its day and yes I would own and use one were I a shooter and of course you can get most parts , springs etc should you need them cheaply .
  23. After the creation of East Germany the 3 Companies of Haenel , Merkel and Simson were combined . The shotguns all based on what we can call the basic Merkel design . The Simson branded guns were the basic range usualy plain guns with boarder lie engraving and plain wood . Higher grades were branded/sold under the Merkel name . They are all the same gun . The single triggers were similar to that of Westley Richards and were/are over complex and did cause some problems . This was frequently manifest in the fact that they did not work well with light trigger pulls . All these guns made under the GDR government suffered for the same problem of lack of investment ,sticking to traditional methods of manufacture and designs that were long out dated . They were not alone in this and you can see a direct comparison with Webley and Scott in the UK . As a result the build quality was not as good as it should have been . It worked when it left the factory attitude and men who had lost pride in their workmanship under management that just wanted the product out of the door . I did see quite a few of theses as I did warrantee and repair work for Viking so got to know them quite well .I also worked for Webley in the latter years so saw first hand how once great companies can decline through inaction and complacency .
  24. All I can say is it does .I dont no why , its something I've seem many times
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