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Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 10:42 p.m., in response to Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor, posted by William Corn on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 9:47 p.m.
They were threaded together, but from the general description of the condition of your gun you might not be able to get them apart.
A suitably padded (with sheet brass) LARGE crescent wrench (plus pipe cheater) can be used to grip the action, but the barrel needs to be held by friction alone. A MASSIVE vise is a necessity - from there you can try grooved lead or hardwood blocks with rosin, leather pads, etc. Soaking the joint for a few weeks with a solvent such as Liquid Wrench or Breakfree may help, as might SLIGHTLY heating (more like warming) the front of the receiver with a propane torch.
The wrench must be applied to the front of the receiver. The block can be present, and in fact serves to protect the ears, but the extractor MUST be removed!
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