VIDEO: How to Install a Full Length Magazine Tube on a Shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Amsdorf, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Amsdorf

    Amsdorf New Member

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    I purchased a full length magazine tube from CarrierComp, a titanium tube, for my M4 Benelli and installed it yesterday. With the right tools, and with enough patience, doing it was quite straightforward. But you have to get over the fear that you are going to ruin your receiver when you start blasting away with the heat gun. In fact, unless/until smoke starts to come out, you have not heated it up enough.

    Hope some may find this video useful if they decide to install a full length magazine tube for themselves. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plyygSbCYc8&feature=vmdshb"]LINK TO VIDEO HERE.[/ame]

    I can't say enough good things about the quality of CarrierComp products, the fit and finish are truly superb. Great folks, Kip and Marcy, own/operate the business.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Great video. Did you have to change out anything on the barrel? May I make one suggestion? Strap wrench ;)
     

  3. msup752

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    I did the same thing almost 2 years ago. They make a great titanium tube.
    It does need to be heated until after the smoke rolls out and then some. I used grippy foam to grab the tube and twist it. It is the grippy stuff that people line drawers with, open can lids or put under carpets.
    Of course I had to replace a few other parts to make the tube legal.
     
  4. Amsdorf

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    msup, yup, you got it. "Grippy foam" sounds like a good idea.

    Yup, I've got enough USA parts to make it all kosher under 922r.
     
  5. RemFire

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    Do you not think heat is always required if you can apply enough torque?. I wondered about a modified ER40 collet chuck and correct sized collet.
     
  6. mountainman13

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    Heating it is a good idea. You wouldn't want to torque the frame. There always different ways to things of course.
     
  7. Amsdorf

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    If you do not heat it up you won't be able to loosen the Locktite the factory uses and if you try to wrench it off, you have a high chance of messing up the shotgun.

    Do not try to do it without applying heat as in the video.
     
  8. msup752

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    I used a butane jewelry torch and it took several minutes to heat it up. It will discolor the finish while it is hot but after it cooled, there was no problems with the finish.
    Use heat, do not try to torque past the LocTite or a very expensive gun can be damaged.
    The Comp Carrier tube matches the original finish perfectly.
     
  9. RemFire

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    Thanks, just bought a cheap butane torch. But if it wouldn’t have turned without modest effort then I wouldn’t have gone any further until seeking more advice.

    Mine is a Hatsan so not as expensive to goof up, but they are very similarly made to the Benelli by the looks of it. I will be removing the flange type piece which holds the fore-end in position as I think that should help with access etc.
     
  10. mountainman13

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    Be very careful with the torch. It'll mess up your finish real fast.
     
  11. RemFire

    RemFire New Member

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    It was only £9 and ok for other jobs so do you think I'd be better with an electric one for this?.
     
  12. mountainman13

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    Probably. Less chance of doing damage. The torch would probably work but I would hold it way back and use a heat sink and expect it to take longer. The heat gun you can get right up in with and it won't generate enough heat to do damage. It's good for other projects too. I always heat parts before blueing.
     
  13. Amsdorf

    Amsdorf New Member

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    Definitely use a heat gun, not an open flame.
     
  14. RemFire

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  15. Amsdorf

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    Congrats, you'll enjoy it.