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3 Screw Forearm
January 15, 2021
9:59 pm
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I disassembled the forearm and am unable to get the left screw to tighten or catch the threads.  It doesn’t seem like the screw with the escutcheon goes down far enough to catch the threads (and Im dont believe it did before either).  I’ve tested the threads without the forearm and then screw in fine to the action slide.  I also loosened the other two screws to make sure it had enough play so that the screw could line up.  Other than trimming out the forearm screw hole/lip ever so slightly so the screw can go farther down into the hole, any other suggestions?

January 15, 2021
11:27 pm
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What gun?

January 15, 2021
11:57 pm
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Tedk said
What gun?  

Sorry 1897, dob 1903.

January 16, 2021
1:35 am
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I was able to take a tiny amount of metal off the escutcheon with a fine file, and now the screw is able to catch the threads. I didn’t want to modify the wood since that is much more expensive to replace.

January 28, 2021
11:05 pm
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Well, it looks like the action slide screw hole is stripped (top 2 screw grooves are messed up).  Can you tell me what size the three Action Slide Handle Screws are?  I might have to try to find a slightly longer screw, or something like a small helicoil to fix the boogered up screw hole.

January 29, 2021
4:32 pm
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Or if anyone had any other ideas? It’s a tricky screw hole to work on.

January 29, 2021
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AH said
Or if anyone had any other ideas? It’s a tricky screw hole to work on.  

I am not even sure which screws you are trying to repair… pictures would really help.

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January 29, 2021
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AH, does your serial # have a C?  I’m guessing that it does and the 3 screws are to hold the slide handle onto the action slide?  Hopefully someone knows the thread pitch and MAYBE you could chase the holes.   If not you may have to either buy a new action slide or thread a new larger hole?  Ebay can be your friend.

January 29, 2021
7:54 pm
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Bert H. said

I am not even sure which screws you are trying to repair… pictures would really help.  

Sorry, it is a C gun. The three screws that attach the wood forend onto the action slide.

January 29, 2021
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AH said

Bert H. said

I am not even sure which screws you are trying to repair… pictures would really help.  

Sorry, it is a C gun. The three screws that attach the wood forend onto the action slide.  

I have never removed the slide-handle stock on any of my early production Model 1897s, but I imagine the threaded holes are relatively shallow due to the thickness of the steel on the end of the slide bar.  I doubt that a heli-coil can be used to repair a stripped hole(s).  I would try what Chuck has suggested, retapping/chasing the holes.  That stated, I do not know what the thread pitch (tap size) is that you will need.  My recommendation is to take it to a local gun smith and let him repair it.

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February 15, 2021
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I spoke to a reputable smith in my area that works on antiques and old firearms.  After looking it over, he suggested to weld over the stripped out screw hole, file it down flat, and then drill/tap it. He said he could do it for $80 and a two month wait, or I could do it for about $10. 

My father is a welder so he welded up the hole.  I filed it down flat, then I drilled and tapped with a 5/32 drill and 10-32 NF tap. This size drill/tap fit the original screws perfectly.  I definitely see why Winchester changed the foregrip from the 3 screw design.

Hopefully this info will help someone else out, as I had difficulty finding exact info on the screw size and pitch. 

February 15, 2021
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I spoke to a reputable smith in my area that works on antiques and old firearms.  After looking it over, he suggested to weld over the stripped out screw hole, file it down flat, and then drill/tap it. He said he could do it for $80 and a two month wait, or I could do it for about $10. 

My father is a welder so he welded up the hole.  I filed it down flat, then I drilled and tapped with a 5/32 drill and 10-32 NF tap. This size drill/tap fit the original screws perfectly.  I definitely see why Winchester changed the foregrip from the 3 screw design.

Hopefully this info will help someone else out, as I had difficulty finding exact info on the screw size and pitch.   

The screw type forend cracked and the screws loosened and cut your hands.

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