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My Browning self-destructed Saturday morning.

I was at the range, practicing offhand getting ready for Quigley, and all of a sudden the rifle wouldn't stay cocked!

As I raised the lever, the hammer would not stay back but would follow the the breechblock to the down position. Even when I tried to cock it by hand, the hammer wouldn't stay back.

I took it home, sprayed the action with carb cleaner, re-lubed it, adjusted the trigger screw, etc. - nothing worked. As I close the lever I can look into the bottom of the action and see the "parts" (the sear, I suppose, and whatever the other parts are called) sliding right past one another.

The trigger is the factory trigger which has been re-cut by a gunsmith and used with a lighter trigger spring. I worked great for about 6,000 rounds. Recently, I had one or two accidental discharges, so I adjusted the trigger pull to be a bit heavier. I also noticed that occasionally, a shot would go off with a much lighter than normal pull on the trigger.

Luckily, I have another rifle I can use for Quigley, but what options do I have for the Browning? Has anyone heard of that set trigger sold by "Boomtown" (I think that's the name - they advertise in Black Powder Cartridge News). If the trigger parts are worn, can they be safely recut?
 

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Thanks, Coldspring.

Now that you mention it, it does make more sense that something (like the sear spring) broke. If it was the trigger wearing-out, you might expect it to malfunction gradually - like having the hammer drop sometimes, and stay cocked other times.

How do you install the sear spring? I tried to remove the trigger by first removing the stock through-bolt, and then trying to drive out the pin in the middle of the action, but couldn't get it to come out.

I know I took the trigger out myself originally, but I just can't remember how I got it out! Am I supposed to completely remove the buttstock first?
 

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Thanks for the info, guys.

Now that I'm back from Quigley, I'll start looking at it.

I ran into a friend at the Q and he told me about someone in California who sells a kit to take the Browning completely apart. It consists of a somewhat- "L"-shaped piece of hard plastic which you place underneath the lever, and then close it. This serves to take the tension off of all of the springs. Then it is a simple job to drive out the two pins, and remove and replace the breechblock.

My friend has it and assures me it is easy to do!

I'm going to get it and give it a try.
 

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TexasMac I know you saw this on the other site, but I'll post it here for others on this site who might want to see it:

John E. Stepp
26687 Dersch Road
Shingletown, CA 96088
530 - 365 - 7036

My friend who bought it said the price was $25.
 
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