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So I recently picked up a Beretta A400 Xtreme- It had not been loved before me- it was seriously dirty as hell. Despite that, my buddy and I decided to take it out to the trap range and it performed well. I got home and took it apart and gave it the full service. I noticed some light surface rust on the bolt, it came off no problem with hoppes gun medic and the shotgun is in great shape. However, I noticed 2 minor pits in the bore- I couldnt tell if that is how it supposed to look like, but I assume not. I tried to illustrate with markings what it looks like in the pictures- appears to be two ‘slits’ st the bottom of the bore. Can it be repaired or is this normal for a beretta?

Additionally- I was hoping someone would know how to touch up the finish? Could a cerakote specialist help with that? I do not want to touch it up with a rattle can.

Lastly, the butt pad is disentigrating- this appears to be a common issue on Beretta guns- it went through a few waterfowl hunts and the screws on the rear are totally rusted and stuck. Any advice on how to remove? Was considering sanding down the butt pad first- but any thoughts? I have a replacement and screws on the way. Everything else on the gun is all good!

Does anyone happen to have or know a good gunsmith near Lynnwood, WA?

Thanks!

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Jeebus...just when I thought my A400 had been through hell.
I got it for a great price. Im seeing why now. But oh well- hopefully I still come out on top. The action functions incredibly well and despite being dirty as all hell- she ran through 50 clays with no problem.
 
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Looks like a well used hunting shotgun. Good for the person before you!

Honestly that bore picture doesn’t look like there is light at the end of the tunnel so I cant tell what exactly you are looking at. All other cosmetic issues are from use and definitely give it character.

If it was mine I’d ask the prior owner for the duck count and notch the stock accordingly.
 
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The pitting in the chamber and rust on bolt is due to saltwater/brackish water wetted shells sitting in the chamber. My bet it is wasn’t cleaned and oiled after every outing. I would get some steel wool in there on a cleaning rod tip and chuck it into a cordless drill and see if it will polish out. I would keep a light coat of grease on the bolt and chamber for further corrosion protection.

The rusted buttpad screws are a problem. I would dremel blade cutaway the ratty buttpad until the screws are exposed and soak in kroil then vice grip the buggers and rotate them out. Order new screws and new pad.

Overall, that shotgun is well used and needs an overhaul. At some point you may need a new barrel And matching cerakote.
 
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If you are just looking to touch up the finish wear, tape off the spots and rattle can it. Otherwise, re-dipping is in order since that is what the original finish is. You could save some time and money and look at the products offered at gunskins.com.
 
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The pitting in the chamber and rust on bolt is due to saltwater/brackish water wetted shells sitting in the chamber. My bet it is wasn’t cleaned and oiled after every outing. I would get some steel wool in there on a cleaning rod tip and chuck it into a cordless drill and see if it will polish out. I would keep a light coat of grease on the bolt and chamber for further corrosion protection.

The rusted buttpad screws are a problem. I would dremel blade cutaway the ratty buttpad until the screws are exposed and soak in kroil then vice grip the buggers and rotate them out. Order new screws and new pad.

Overall, that shotgun is well used and needs an overhaul. At some point you may need a new barrel And matching cerakote.
Thanks! So I got to work last night and was able to remove all the rust with my copper brush. Action is like butter again and well lubed in CLP. New butt pad and screws have been ordered! Hopefully can get her ready before the season in a few weeks!
 

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