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Unread 07-14-2020, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Splinter to Beavertail conversion

Hi,

Not sure if this is the correct forum for the question.

Novice when it comes to this, what is involved with converting a splinter forend to a beavertail on existing barrels ?

I have a reproduction set of barrels with a splinter forend that I want to have accept a beavertail forend from another reproduction versus having the barrels chokes modified.

Thoughts and input welcome !
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The beavertail forend should fit in place of the splinter quite nicely.
I have a 28 ga Repro with a beavertail forent that fit perfectly on my other 28 ga. Repro which came with a splinter.

It would never be possible between two original Parkers... or certainly improbable.




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I tried swapping the two, the beavertail will go on, but the lever will not fully set back into the wood
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The repros are pretty consistent in manufacture from gun to gun. So for the most part you should not have any major issues. But each case can potentially vary.

I have found that the Steel Shot Special guns and the Sporting Clays Special guns have barrels that are a bit wider overall than the standard repros. So BTFE fitment can be an issue on those guns.

But it sounds like you are headed in the right direction. The forend lever not seating down is likely due to minor adjustment being needed in the area of the forend lug/toggle key engagement. One or the other needs to be reworked some to get the lever to fully seat.
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The forend lever not seating down is likely due to minor adjustment being needed in the area of the forend lug/toggle key engagement. One or the other needs to be reworked some to get the lever to fully seat.
But not to the extent that doing so will cause a loose fitment problem with the original splinter forend.





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But not to the extent that doing so will cause a loose fitment problem with the original splinter forend..

Correct. This is where the toggle key being reworked will do the trick. Not the lug. If the lug is left alone, both forends can be used on that set of barrels.

The toggle key would have to be removed from the iron and gradually reworked until it fits. That is, once it is confirmed that the wood is not causing the hangup. Remove the forend iron assembly from the wood and install it on the barrels. If it will not seat with the toggle engaged, then the toggle needs to be reworked. If it does fully install, then the wood needs to be reworked.
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Dean & Brian,

Thanks for the info.

Recommendations as to who can do the job ?

I have the 3 T's, no time, tools and certainly not Talent for this !
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