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Dry firing a SxS Shotgun

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Reb 56, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Reb 56

    Reb 56

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    Just got back from the gunsmith after having the barrels cut down to 18.5'. It's a SxS Stevens 311. He told me to never dry fire it without snap caps to avoid damaging the firing pins. Any truth to this?
     
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    Thanks for all the help.
     

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    Thanks just didn't think any center fire weapon needed snap caps.
     
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    cdog533 Zombie Killer

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    From what I understand, the way a double works it CAN damage the gun if you dry fire it too often. So his advice is correct.

    You can google it.
     
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    Snap caps are cheap insurance when dry firing.
     
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    Let me make sure I understand this....A gunsmith, who you trusted to perform work on your shotgun due to him being a professional in the field, advised you to use snap caps when dry firing your shotgun. Yet, instead of taking his advice, you come and ask a bunch of yahoos on the internet?
     
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    I did order some snap caps just thought some one on here could explain what would cause the damage to the firing pins if they didn't contact anything.
     
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    My buddy picked up an old beater sxs and it had been dry fired so much that the hammer had peened the part of the frame that stops it from going farther forward on one of the barrels.
     
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    Thanks that's the answer I was looking for.