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Model 97
March 11, 2021
10:12 pm
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Just acquired a Model 97 and took it down for cleaning.  Everything was pretty good except the magazine feed tube.  I just shoved a cleaning rag in from the bottom and it was pretty dirty.  Probably hasn’t been cleaned since 1931.  Can I just take off the end cap pull out the spring a clean it out that way?

March 11, 2021
10:15 pm
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Yes, that is how it is done.

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March 11, 2021
10:17 pm
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Thanks Bert.

March 12, 2021
12:38 pm
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Bert, The two cap screws come out easily, but the crossbar that is used to twist the mag tube is captive.  It does not want to pop out.  It has what appears to be an internal sprocket.  Any tips on getting this piece out.  It does not appear that the cap will come off without its removal.  Don’t want to force anything on something that’s older than me.  Thanks for the help.

March 12, 2021
4:05 pm
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The pin needs to be tapped out… see this video – https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=winchester model 97 magazine tube disassembly&docid=608017388921620553&mid=D91396C24280D09A3224D91396C24280D09A3224&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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March 12, 2021
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Got it.  Thanks for the help.  That end cap does not want to come out.  I put a little oil in there and I’ll let it sit awhile.

April 1, 2021
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Just discovered this thread.  Try using a narrow screw driver to compress the locking spring.  I tried it and it also helps when reinstalling the pin.  RDB

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