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June 22, 2022 - 7:16 pm
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Can anyone tell me how to compress the main spring (flat), to get it into the slot on an early 1886?

And does the receiver need to be modified to replace the flat spring with a coil spring update?

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June 22, 2022 - 10:45 pm
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  zebra,

 First back down the strain screw, then hook the spring to the hammer stirrup and slide the back of the spring into the notch, once started you can tap it to the center. If the tension is to strong you can use a taped up jawed channel lock to get it started, I use leather to prevent scratches.

 I have no idea what a “coil spring update” is. I have never seen an original Winchester 1886 with a coil hammer spring. T/R

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Sometimes a small clamp may compress the spring just enough to get it started. Once started just tap it into place.

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