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Model 74 Magazine tube nut?
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December 1, 2022 - 8:24 pm
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How do you remove this thing.

soaked it in Kroil, but it won’t budge.  I see two small notches in the lower rim of the nut opposite the underside of the butt plate.   Is there a pin that I can’t see?

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Hi George,

There is no pin as far as I know.  The nut has the 2 “notches” you describe which requires a spanner socket to remove the nut without damage.  They are usually on fairly tight and the threads are very fine.  I had to make a proper sized spanner socket to make the job easier, it is simply a standard socket the same diameter as the nut that I milled down and left 2 protruding tabs to engage the notches in the nut.  It still says “Craftsman” on the side but I think I voided the lifetime warranty 😉

Without a spanner tool they are a bear to get apart without damaging anything.  I guess my question is why do you need to take it apart?

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George,

After thinking about it I realized you may be able to use a tamper resistant spanner bit if you can find one the right size.  Might be easier than making your own spanner socket.  They look like this – 

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Thanks JWA. Maybe I’m confused. I just bought this rifle a short time ago.  I’m trying to separate the magazine tube from the butt plate.  The original butt plate is quite rusty and pitted. Otherwise the gun is in excellent condition.  I purchased an excellent OEM butt plate to replace the pitted one.  My understanding is that the nut needs to be taken off to separate the tube from the butt plate.  If this is correct, I don’t see how I could use a spanner socket with the tube still attached.  I must be missing something…

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Hi George,

The socket slips over the tube but to be clear I will take some pictures when I get home tonight to illustrate.  

Here is the tube diagram, it does not show anything except the nut, tube and butt plate.

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That would be awesome!

I’ll check back tonight.

Thanks again.

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That would be awesome!

I’ll check back tonight.

Thanks again.

  

Keep soaking it in Kroil in the meantime, if the butt plate was rusty it is likely the threads may be rusty also.

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JWA said 

Keep soaking it in Kroil in the meantime, if the butt plate was rusty it is likely the threads may be rusty also.

  

Will do…

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