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1873 Winchester Dust Cover Spring Replacement
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I have an 1873 third version that I inherited and it was missing the Dust Cover and all parts associated, I found most of the parts at Homestead Parts and I have tried installing the new dust cover spring, the manual I purchased does not specify which direction to install the spring. I have tried both directions and regardless I cannot seem to get the Dust cover to slide over the new spring. any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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The spring is installed with the curved end pointing forward and up so it rides on the bottom of the dust cover. Check to make sure your dust cover slides on without the spring first. It might take some fitting to get it to smoothly slide on. It then should slide on and then you put the stop and screw in. To get it off you have to use a punch or screwdriver to depress the spring once it gets caught in the screw hole. If its the spring that is stopping it from sliding on then you got bad parts.

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Ok not sure I totally understand pointing spring to the front of the gun as the curve on the receiver points to the rear of the gun.

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Just incase I was told wrong here is my Serial number 201100B

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Sorry told you wrong, the curved part of the spring points to the back and up.

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Howdy,

Hopefully this question, same topic will get a reply. Just purchased a 1873 3rd Model. Missing dust cover and had broken cover spring.

Problem is with replacement cover and spring. Have positioned the spring with the curved tip up and down. Neither work as the tip of the spring prevents the cover from sliding forward? I would think the bowed part of spring would go up allowing the curved end to slide up and down the bevel in the opening. Seems like the spring is a bit too long? Measures 13.3 mm.

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The spring goes in like my last post. The spring points to the back and points up. To put the cover on you slide it on up to the spring and then push the spring down with a small screwdriver blade then it will get caught in the screw hole and you push it down again. The spring drops into a narrow groove at the back of the dust cover to keep it in the closed position. Some repo dust covers I have seen don’t have the groove in the bottom.

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Bob, thanks for the reply.

Have tried to depress the spring to allow the cover to slip on but no luck. It will not depress enough. Just enough of the tip catches on the edge of the cover to block it.

Not sure if it has any effect, but thickness of broken piece from old spring measures 0.2mm. (Maybe compressed by screw?) New one 0.3mm.

Will keep at it. Answer is there somewhere.Confused

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From looking at the pictures the spring looks like its too long and will not depress because its hitting the receiver. What is the length of the spring?

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Howdy,

This one looks to be 12 or little over?

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You are most certainly correctConfused

One I have measures 13.3 mm.

Don’t know if my hands are steady enough to try and shorten it. Have the necessary tools.

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Carl,

Those measurements are in the ball park, I have one that is 12.5mm and a thickness of .5mm. You can tell if it works before you slide the dust cover on. It has to be able to be depressed so its flush with the top of the rail. If you can’t get it to go flush you have to modify it.

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Bob, thanks again for your advice.

Shortened the spring from 13.3 to 13.0. Re-arched it a bit to get better contact with cover. All is well now. Cool

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