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November 13, 2022 - 7:57 pm
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Hello to all, just thought Id write in about my latest endeavor as it’s pouring rain and really affecting my deer hunting right now. Damn it!! Although my son got his first white tail on Friday morning, couldn’t be happier. Anyway just replaced the firing pin on one of my 86’s. I have to say it was an experience. The gun in question is a very nice 45-90 with an extra heavy 30″ barrel and had a broken firing pin. Really made me sad that i could not shoot it. So, I called Bob Knapp up here and he forwarded me a new one. Nice gentleman he is. So today I decided to fix it. What an amazing piece of work they are. not really complicated but very intricate. Needless to say disassembly is not that difficult, but, reassembly is where the talent lies. After a couple attempts that left me with a bolt that would not close , I realized the ejector was hanging up and wouldn’t let the bolt run home.. Any way Long story short got the old girl fixed up and passed muster! Gave her a quik test fire and it was fun to shoot a 130 year old gun! think I heard her say ThankYou.

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November 13, 2022 - 9:31 pm
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Nice story.  I’ve never attempted to take an 86 or 92 apart.  Re assembly can be a lot of fun?  Especially when, in my case, I really don’t know what I’m doing.  I have had a couple similar experiences though.  Get her wet she’ll dry out.

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Well Chuck, I can say this , I had no choice, no smiths here were i live. But…. I can do it now! maybe Mark Douglas is hiring! lmao!

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oldcrankyyankee said
Well Chuck, I can say this , I had no choice, no smiths here were i live. But…. I can do it now! maybe Mark Douglas is hiring! lmao!

  

Haha!  I’ll send you all my ’86 work in the future.Laugh Mark

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oldcrankyyankee said
Well Chuck, I can say this , I had no choice, no smiths here were i live. But…. I can do it now! maybe Mark Douglas is hiring! lmao!

  

I know there are two important qualifications to working on old Winchesters. Knowing when to seek help and knowing when to put  everything up and walk away. These guns were around long before we were. They can wait until we know what we’re doing or find someone that does.

 

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TXGunNut said

oldcrankyyankee said

Well Chuck, I can say this , I had no choice, no smiths here were i live. But…. I can do it now! maybe Mark Douglas is hiring! lmao!

  

I know there are two important qualifications to working on old Winchesters. Knowing when to seek help and knowing when to put  everything up and walk away. These guns were around long before we were. They can wait until we know what we’re doing or find someone that does.

 

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Truer words were never spoken. I would have to ask and wait…

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You  Tube  has  assembly and  disassembly  videos  for most any gun  you want  to take apart. i learned the trick  to reassemble an 1886 there.

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Thats nice. Good to know

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