View Full Version : HELP! I broke my bead!

July 13, 2002, 07:51 PM
I bought a Meprolight tritium bead front sight for my Remington 870. I have removed beads on Mossbergs with NO trouble at all, so I figured I could do the Remington as well. Grabbed me a pair of pliers and went to turning on the factory bead............Wahlaa........Broke it flush off on the first try!

Is it off to a gunsmith or can this be fixed with some more of my "highly skilled home gunsmithin"?

July 13, 2002, 08:47 PM
The newer Remington's seem to have a brazed on bead, so they snap off when you try to unscrew them.

I'd suggest filing off the broken stub, (if any) center punch it and drill and tap a new hole. A good home hobbiest should be able to do this with the proper sized drill and tap.

July 14, 2002, 08:11 AM
I say all things happen for a reason. :D Get yourself some ghost ring sights put on your 870 and praise God. :cool: www.wilsoncombat.com

July 14, 2002, 09:40 AM
Ghost rings have a place, but my shotgun will never be fired at more than 15 yards so the tritium bead will serve me better.

July 14, 2002, 12:06 PM
Never? Never say never my friend. :cool: What if your called upon to hit a target thats 100 yards away with a slug? What if you need to hit something further than 50 yards away in order to save your life? Never say never. You just dont know what awaits you out there. :rolleyes:

July 14, 2002, 07:32 PM
Your right about not knowing what awaits you "out there" .........which is why I have an AR and an AK. I wouldnt take the shotgun outside the house, so for all of my uses the bead works wonders.