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Loose barrel band fix
May 1, 2019
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i have a 1907 SRC 30WCF with gaps on both sides of the rear barrel band (possibly due to the wood fore stock shrinking & drying out after after 112yrs). Any suggestions on how to get rid of the gaps, if there is a way. I know it’s minor but it bugs me. 

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May 1, 2019
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Wood expands/shrinks in width not in length...

May 1, 2019
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My experience with forearm on rifles is the wood shrinks in length. I can shuck the forearm fore and aft.

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May 1, 2019
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I would agree with that. The gaps are width related. Wish there was a fix. 

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May 2, 2019
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AG said
I would agree with that. The gaps are width related. Wish there was a fix. 

AG  

As far as a forearm goes the width is actually from the top to bottom.  The sides are actually the faces of the board.

 

Bob, we are just going to have to disagree on this one.  Usually if the forearm can be "shucked" back and forth there is a problem. 

May 9, 2019
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I noticed today the fore end on my 1907 SRC 1894 is not as wide as my two other 1915 SRC’s. Can anyone advise if there was a change to the fore end size or when. This is not from shrinking or drying out. It’s very noticeable with them side by side imo. 

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May 10, 2019
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AG said
I noticed today the fore end on my 1907 SRC 1894 is not as wide as my two other 1915 SRC’s. Can anyone advise if there was a change to the fore end size or when. This is not from shrinking or drying out. It’s very noticeable with them side by side imo. 

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Can you post photos?  I have a hunch that the wood has been sanded causing the poor fit/gaps in the barrel band.

May 10, 2019
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The wood is original condition. Will post shortly. 

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May 10, 2019
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May 10, 2019
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Either the barrel band has been replaced with the wrong one or the wood has been sanded or replaced. Wood would not shrink by that amount. But from looking at the picture of the three guns side by side,  It has a totally different profile when compared to the other two.

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May 10, 2019
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Thank you Bob, deerhunter, & Chuck. I never noticed until I placed my SRC’s side by side. I may have to accept it was sanded down. I don’t think ordering pre DOM 1907 SRC barrel bands in hopes that I find one that fits is feasible.

I wondered if forged versus milled barrel bands were different in width or height possibly. The journey continues. 

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May 10, 2019
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If you have a dial caliper of some other way to measure the width accurately compare the widths of the forearm at the barrel band on all three.

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May 10, 2019
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I don’t have that capability but I was just looking at all 3 butt stocks and the 1907 is a bit narrower than the other two. I can’t imagine someone sanding the fore end and butt & matching them almost perfectly. I do appreciate the help & suggestions here. I’m puzzled & might have to live with the gaps ugh!

AG 

May 10, 2019
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How is the wood to metal fit where the forearm and butt stock meet the receiver, tangs, and butt plate?  Posting a few pics of those areas would be helpful.

May 10, 2019
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Fits good deerhunter, no gaps or rises. Here’s the pics. E4158814-A28E-4DF6-BA84-336963D5F85D.jpegImage Enlarger73893997-37EB-4981-8B6F-F9506001FC9F.jpegImage Enlarger

May 10, 2019
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AG,

That forearm has been sanded heavily. The forearm to receiver fit tells it all.

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May 10, 2019
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After looking at it now I have to agree Bob. Well not sure if $500 was a bust but other than the sanding and barrel band rear gaps, it shoots well & has the period correct sights. 

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May 12, 2019
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I don't think you paid too much.  Heck, in parts alone it is worth more than that.  I would try to find a new forend.  The most difficult thing is finding one that matches the look of the stock. 

May 12, 2019
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Thanks Chuck. Ya a matching or close used fore end will be a challenge. 

AG

May 12, 2019
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AG,

Post pictures of the stock. If the forearm has been sanded down I would guess the stock was to. If thats the case you would be looking for a matched set.

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