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?
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.
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
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
January 27, 1992