MAINTENANCE

OVER & UNDER / SIDE BY SIDE

On BERIKA® shotguns, maintenance has been reduced to a minimum, but that minimum must be performed to ensure safe and reliable functioning and a longer service life for the shotgun.

WARNING: Do not attempt to make repairs to any firearm without proper knowledge or training. Do not alter parts or use substitute parts not made by BERIKA®. Any alterations or adjustments that may be necessary to the operating mechanism should be performed by the Manufacturer or by its Local Official Distributor.

WARNING: At the end of a day of shooting, clean and lubricate your shotgun. At the end of the hunting season, or annually, have your gun completely cleaned, including internal mechanisms, by a competent gunsmith. Proper periodic maintenance is important for the reliable functioning of any firearm.

WARNING: Before cleaning, make sure the gun is unloaded. Keep the chamber open.


WARNING: To minimize the possibility of damage to the screw-in choke inserts and the barrel threads, it is recommended that a set of choke inserts be kept correctly tightened into the barrel at all times, including storage and cleaning. Cleaning the barrels without the choke inserts in place can push dirt and other fouling into the barrel threads, which will interfere with proper installation of the choke inserts.

1. Disassemble the firearm.

2. Clean the bore with care by passing a cleaning rod with a cotton patch coated with gun oil to remove combustion residues. If necessary, use a bronze brush. Also include the chambers in your cleaning operation.

3. Run a clean dry patch through the bore to remove oil residues.

4. Lightly oil the inside of the barrels with a clean cotton patch coated in gun oil.

5. With similar procedure, clean the internal face of the action body (especially around the firing pin holes) and lubricate lightly.

WARNING: Do not pour lubricant into the firing pin holes.

6. Clean and lubricate lightly the mechanism of the fore-end iron and relative hook of the barrels.

WARNING: The hinge pin area is a very important mating surface. The receiver and fore-end iron are subject to very high loads. Improper lubrication of these components can cause seizing of parts or malfunctioning of the shotgun. (The areas to lubricate are indicated by the arrows on Photo). Before using this shotgun, make sure that lubricant is present as instructed.

7. Clean with care the external surfaces of the gun to remove any trace of dirt, sweat and fingerprints. Apply a thin film of gun oil with a cotton patch.

WARNING: Use lubricants properly: you are responsible for the proper care and maintenance of your firearm. Do not apply excess oil. Accumulation of oil attracts dirt, which can interfere with the functioning and reliability of the gun.

WARNING: Excess oil and grease obstructing the bore - even partially - is very dangerous when firing and may cause damage to the shotgun and serious injury to the shooter and bystanders.

WARNING: Never spray or apply oil to the shotshells. If the shotshell charge is affected by the lubricant, it may not be ignited, but the primer firing may push shot into the bore where they may be lodged. Firing a subsequent shot into the obstructed bore may damage the gun and cause serious injury or death to the shooter and those nearby.

WARNING: Once disassembled, the firearm (barrel/fore-end and receiver/stock) should be stored in the supplied case or box. Before storage, always check the conditions of the gun and its case or box. Make sure that they are perfectly dry. Moisture and water could cause damage to the shotgun.

WARNING: Do not store a shotgun in a leather scabbard. Leather attracts moisture even though it may appear to be perfectly dry. Moisture results in rust.