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1894 Loading Problems, circa 1899 manufacture
November 14, 2013
11:14 am
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I have an 1894 that I refinished because of gross neglect and rusted beyond any value. I had to draw file almost everything except rear sight. I have loading problem in that the cartridge will not be picked up from the carrier and pass through the cartridge guides not allowing it to go into the barrel. Carrier and cartridge guides appear to be ok and spring works. I could not remove cartridge guides because the screws were too badly rusted. I don't want to just start replacing parts. Any suggestions on what to look for? Serial number indicates manufacture of 1899. Refinished looks great. Thanks, Don

November 20, 2013
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Are you saying the cartridge will not fit between the right and left cartridge guides but the carrier pivots like it should when the lever is worked??

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November 20, 2013
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The cartridge just will not come up on it's own between the cartridge guides. The cartridge is just resting or suspended on the lifter. no problems with friction. the rifle seem to just be a little out of time. thanks for the reply.

November 22, 2013
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My guess is that the tip of the lifter spring is worn and not allowing the lifter to come up high enough. Let us know what you find.

November 22, 2013
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That's what I am thinking. Thanks

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