This is a rather lengthy question because I feel it necessary to provide some background.
I bought a featherweight Model 50 from a friends estate. He regularly used this gun for trap shooting but rarely cleaned any in his collection. One night the stock came loose, and I mean off, the gun being held together by the closing spring, the barrel extension having come loose. I corrected that, re-assembled the gun and we put it back into service until upon closing during a trap shoot the moving parts slammed together hard enough to force the barrel forward, as a wedge it seems, forcing the receiver to crack at the forward ring.
I swapped some of the choice parts into my old standard model but cannot get the closing spring adjusted. The Winchester manual states to lock the bolt open, screw in the closing spring plug enough to allow about 1/8″ rearward motion of the open bolt to prevent parts jamming. I cannot seem to get that movement. Whatever I do the bolt holds solid. My actual question is whether anyone has any information from Winchester to explain what is happening? I’d really appreciate an answer to this dilemma so the gun can be used.
For background my name is in my email address and I’m an Endowment Member of NRA.
Thanks for your time.
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