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Last weekend, shooting sporting clays for a Boy Scout fundraiser, my wife's shotgun failed to automatically select the second barrel (top), for the 2nd shot a few times. Given they're about 15-20 years old, I'm guessing the trigger, barrel selector, etc. needs attention (clean & lube).

Is this something somebody reasonably talented with tools can handle, or leave it to a pro?

I imagine there are a lot of fiddly little parts in there.




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I once had a model TSS (trap shotgun), its was many years ago. If i recall it wasn't terribly hard to change the leaf springs, do a thorough cleaning and even to replace the selector rods etc.

I used to shoot Trap a lot when we still had the Miramar facility here in San Diego. At one point I sent the shotgun in for a total overhaul/tuneup to Guns Unlimited in Omaha. They were awesome. They did a beautiful job and the price was very reasonable. You might give them a call.
 
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I once had a model TSS (trap shotgun), its was many years ago. If i recall it wasn't terribly hard to change the leaf springs, do a thorough cleaning and even to replace the selector rods etc.

Unfortunately, I've been able to find exactly zilch on-line about detailed take-down/strip/cleaning/lube.

Dropped a message to SKB a couple three days ago. Nothing heard yet.

It's kind of annoying. I expect to be able to perform my own routine maintenance on all my own firearms.

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At one point I sent the shotgun in for a total overhaul/tuneup to Guns Unlimited in Omaha. They were awesome. They did a beautiful job and the price was very reasonable. You might give them a call.

Might maybe. First I'll check with a local place that's been around so long they were the ones that built my dad's .30-06 hunting rifle from a surplus 1903A3.

Thanks for the lead.




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I know this isn't perfect and its in Japanese but it shows you the major components of the SKB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkrxyg6KMNw
 
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Originally posted by m.tenenhaus:
I know this isn't perfect and its in Japanese but it shows you the major components of the SKB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkrxyg6KMNw

Thanks!

Encouraged by that, I did some more research. It seems O/U shotguns are more-or-less mostly alike. Found "Episode 115: Cleaning an Over Under Shotgun - Part One" and "Episode 116: Cleaning an Over Under Shotgun - Part Two."

Then took a look at Step One of Part 2: Removing the butt pad. On my wife's shotgun that'll be no problem. The screw holes are readily visible. (And have been abused.)

On mine: No such luck. Butt pad is a Pachmayr "Old English" butt pad. Everything I've read says I should be able to find a pair of tiny slits in the butt pad, one about 1-1/2" from the top and the other about 1" from the bottom. Nope. I even put on a pair of high-magnification inspection lenses and went over the centerline of the thing, from top to bottom, pressing outward both side-to-side and up-and-down.

So I've no idea how to get my butt pad off.




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i've had some screw access slits that were well camouflaged but they've always been along the midline axis of the pad. Try applying a little soapy water to the surface of the pad and then run a phillips head screwdriver down the middle of the pad from top to bottom slowly. i bet you'll find the little slits.
 
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i've had some screw access slits that were well camouflaged but they've always been along the midline axis of the pad.

All I can say is they did a fine job of camouflaging them, then. Because the magnification of the lenses I used yesterday is so high the focal distance is about >< far away.

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Try applying a little soapy water to the surface of the pad and then run a phillips head screwdriver down the middle of the pad from top to bottom slowly. i bet you'll find the little slits.

I'll give it a go. Thanks for the idea.

I've got something even better than a Phillips-head screwdriver, though: Fids. Think of them as being like very large, very blunt sewing needles Smile They're used in rope splicing.




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I have owned several of these guns. I know enough about them to not screw with the internals myself. If you need a gunsmith I suggest sending it over to Doug's Gunsmith Shop in MN, he does great work.

http://dougsgunsmithshop.com/


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