I have been asked in the past why I change both ejector springs on a shotgun if only one is sticking, so this is a quick post to show the difference between new and old Beretta 686/687 ejector springs and plungers.
The new springs and plungers are at the bottom of the image and there are four because this job was two matching 687 12 bore shotguns and you can clearly see the difference in length between old and new however look closer at the old springs and you will see bright areas on the coils, this is where the springs have deformed and started to compress ultimately leading to sticking ejectors. In my experience if one spring has gone the other is not far behind and the last thing you want is to be fumbling with a stuck case with a dozen birds above your head. Also you ill see a significant difference in the speed and trajectory of ejected cases when using an old and new spring so I just swap the pair and save the owner from potential problems at a later date.
Why swap the plungers at the same time, well they are usually worn so best to bin them and do the job properly.
On a separate note I found some of these the other day. Sloes, the fruit of the Blackthorn which is my best friend at this timer of year as I use the fruit to make Sloe Gin and now have enough Sloes to go with three bottles of Gin. Hopefully they will be ready to drink around this time next year.
There is a downside to the Hawthorn and the scientific name gives it away ‘Prunus Spinosa’ – It is prickly stuff and a nightmare to deal with if it is in your way when you are brush beating and I can think of a couple of places with some particularly prickly specimens awaiting the tired Beater at the end of the day.