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fitting a rplacement toggle carrier lever
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Sirs,  I recently acquired an old Winchester 1873 in parts.  I am trying to get it back together.  I have an original cam and a replacement one that came with it.  Seems to work ok with the original, but when I add the replacement on the other side the gun gets real tight just before closing the lever.  How do I fit this?

I appreciate any advice and help.  Thanks

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Try adjusting the set screws on the bottom of the receiver.  One is for the lever spring and the other one is for the carrier spring.  The one on the left is for the lever and the one on the right is for the carrier.  These 2 set screws were never intended to be any tighter than necessary to hold the lever from drooping and for proper operation of the carrier.

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Send me a picture of the replacement cam in the lever.

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1873man said
Send me a picture of the replacement cam in the lever.

Bob  

[Image Can Not Be Found]Thanks for the reply, but I cannot figure out how to attach a pho to this?

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Brad Foust said

[Image Can Not Be Found]Thanks for the reply, but I cannot figure out how to attach a pho to this?  

Send the pictures to Bob at the email he lists below the picture of the cutaways.

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Chuck,

The problem Brad is having is the repo toggles he is trying to use are too long causing the bolt to press hard into the barrel, not a lever cam issue.

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Chuck,

The problem Brad is having is the repo toggles he is trying to use are too long causing the bolt to press hard into the barrel, not a lever cam issue.

Bob  

Thanks Bob.  Do you have a picture of a lever cam removed from the lever?

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No, since its not a cam issue there is no need and he didn’t remove the cam.

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No, since its not a cam issue there is no need and he didn’t remove the cam.

Bob  

OK, how do you remove one?  Even the catalogs don’t show a picture.

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Chuck,

You tap them out from the right side. The cam has a pin integral to it and is flush  with to the surface of the lever.

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Thanks Bob.

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Here’s a few pics for those who’ve never seen the inside of a 73 receiver with the side plates off & toggle links exposed.

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   Hi .  Just a note for those making up old Winchesters [ especially 73s ],  is to make sure that you have ALL the parts, and they are in good safe condition.

          Old toggle links stretch and crack,  and small parts get lost.    A very important part in the 1873 is the firing pin retractor.  Its easy to miss if you are 

          new to 73s,  and besides doing its job, it stops the firing pin blowing out the back.   It can slip over the hammer, and guess what’s behind it ?.

          Part of the fun is bringing these old guns back from the dead, but just be careful.          Eric

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