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Old 08-07-2023, 3:40 AM
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Default Any lever smiths in the IE?

I have a 1894 I?d like to get tuned up such as making the action more slick, debur the loading gate etc. anyone in the IE or OC that?s known for working on lever guns?
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Old 08-08-2023, 2:31 PM
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If you can work sand paper and a file you can do this. It ain't that hard.

first thing to do is "Chamfer the Chamber Mouth." Removing that sharp edge will enhance the feeding of Lead Boolits greatly.



Next, Take the lever out of the gun and file a .030-.040 radius on the tip of the Snail Cam. The exact size doesn't matter as long as there is a nice radius that won't dig into the bottom of the lifter. This will eliminate the "Dreaded Marlin Jam!" Sorry the picture sucks!



Then Radius the Top Edge of the Hammer so it passes smoothly under the Cam on the Bolt in both directions..




Then install a Brownell's Spring Kit which has new springs for the Hammer, and Trigger.

Just doing these simple things will enhance the smoothness of your rifle Dramatically.

To avoid getting pinched by the Loading Gate don't push the round all the way into the magazine each time. Push it in with the "next round." When you get to the last round push it in with another round and then pull that round back out. NO pinched fingers. But the loading gate can also be enhanced by breaking the inside sharp edges with a smooth File and then finish with some 400 grit WOD Sandpaper.

Hope this helps. I've only done this to about 25-30 guns so I know it all works, and Ruger is doing all these things to the new guns except the lighter springs You don't want lighter Springs on a gun used for Dangerous Game.

There are other fine points that can be done but these get you the most improvement with the least amount of work and possibility of screwing something up.. Then you just go out and run about 500+ rounds thru it to break it in real good !!!. The gun should feed any style of Lead Boolit or Jacketed Bullet as fast as you can run the Lever.

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Nice info.��
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You might give 2AZone a call. Their gunsmith might be able to help ya.
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Thank you for the descriptive how-to, Mr. Buchanan.

I have looked at this video as well but I?ve not had the guts to take a dremwl to my rifle. Your instructions sound more reasonable.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvf3WkKaJuM
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Please Note: a Dremel Tool is not a "Gunsmithing Tool!"

If you have one don't use it on guns.

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