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Re: removing barrel

Posted by John Gross on Sunday, 19 September 2010, at 11:39 a.m., in response to Re: removing barrel, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 19 September 2010, at 10:15 a.m.

Instead of removing the barreled action from the wood, I would suggest that you remove the wood from the barreled action.

The way you do this is, after following the advice already given (barrel bands, tang screw, cock hammer, etc.), wrap your hands around the stock/barrel/receiver as you turn the gun upside down, trigger guard pointing straight up. Lay the barreled action on something very soft, such as an old pillow or folded up blanket. Then, gently lift the stock straight up and in most cases the barrel and receiver will separate from the wood by their own weight and lay safely on the pillow/blanket. If, as you lift the stock, you fell the barrel and receiver are "stuck" to the wood, lay it back down on the pillow/blanket (TG still pointing straight up) and GENTLY tap on the barrel and wood with a soft mallet or the palm of your hand, and again lift the wood straight up.

It actually takes less time to do this than it does to write it out, and will prevent those all too common chips around the tang area.

John Gross


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