My wife got me a Stoeger Coach Gun for Christmas and I'd like some opinions with a problem I'm having.
Basically, the bolt that screws the stock into the trigger housing, or "tail" as it is referred to in the owner's manual, keeps loosening after about 16 shells through the barrels.
I think the problem might be that the maximum amount of torque that is allowed to be applied to the bolt is 5 ft. lbs.
I have a torque wrench on the way to me from Amazon.com since all the torque wrenches I could find locally didn't register any less than 10 ft. lbs.
But do you guys think think that it could just be badly designed?
Putting the cap back on the toothpaste, I'm guessing, would take about 2 ft. lbs.
Anyway, my bigger issue is what would be the fix? I don't want to lay out shipping costs to Stoeger which I'm thinking would be about $50 if all they are going to do is tighten the bolt for me.
I spoke to a customer rep at Bernelli, Stoeger's parent company I guess, and she told me to put Loc-Tite on the bolt.
If I were to do that I'm facing at least two potential problems. I run the risk of some of the Loc-Tite coming off the threads and getting into the trigger mechanism - most notably the safety mechanism that is only a hair away from the bolt when tightened. Also, I don't want the bolt to become permanently attached. How the heck would I get to the trigger parts if the gun had to be repaired?
When I bought up the latter to the rep she informed me that they would just heat up the bolt to loosen the Loc-Tite.
I'm thinking she isn't aware the the bolt is inserted about eight inches into the stock and then completely encased in the trigger housing. To say nothing of the fact that you're going to have to put a lot more than 5 ft. lbs. of torque to get that bolt out.
I love the aesthetics of the gun. Beautiful to look at but for the moment she's more show than go.
I'm going to be ticked off to the high heavens if I have to just make this a safe queen.
Thanks for your time.