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1897 Model 1894 Forearm removal
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December 4, 2021 - 9:53 pm
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Hello,

 I must openly admit I’m predominantly a 16 Ga. Double guy looking for advice.   I am helping a neighbor clean up some rust damage on a 1897 model 1894 with 26″ octagon barrels.  I want to remove the forearm but it can’t get past the ‘stepped’ dovetail forearm cap lug.  The magazine tube seems ‘locked’ (rusted?) onto the dovetail clamp 4″ from the muzzle.  How does one remove the magazine tube?

I’m familiar with, and a believer in Rule 1!  That is – ‘Do no harm!’

Thanks for any ideas.

 

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Did you get the pin driven out of the magazine support ring? Also, have you backed out the screw on the bottom of the magazine tube just aft of the end cap?

My suggestion is to apply some penetrating oil (my favorite is Kroil) to anything that you need to turn (screws, magazine tube, etc.), and let it sit overnight before attempting any disassembly.

Bert

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Bert,

That’s the real tiny pin in the dovetailed bracket, right?

Thanks for your reply.

 

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I believe Bert is referring to the magazine tube retaining pin which is located on the magazine ring. It’s a small pin about 1/16″ in diameter. Drive it out from left to right. The “dove tail” bracket you refer to is the forearm hanger in which the forearm cap screws to. On the very front of the magazine tube (muzzle end) there is a screw that holds the magazine plug in, This screw also needs to be removed. Keep your thumb depressing the plug as you remove the screw, if you don’t the plug and magazine spring may “launch”.

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Make sure you lube and carefully clean the magazine tube bands.  Any grit under one of these will scratch the entire length of the tube.

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Bingo, Gentlemen!  Thanks for the advice!

 

J.

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