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Lever Guns

Discussion in 'Long Guns' started by DaveinCT, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Tom396

    Tom396 .30-06

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    You mean that changed, over time?! It seemed that the round was in the way and that it would never change. Take care. Tom Worthington
  2. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    When the bevel on the loading gate is just right as you push it in with the tip of a bullet it shoves the previous cartridge forward into the magazine tube.

    Until I got this straightened out on my .30-30 it was very difficult to load.

    If you pushed one round in until the loading gate closed behind it you couldn't get the next one in.

    To load it I had to let that round catch the gate on the rim, then start to shove the next one in but not until the gate closed!

    Now that I have adjusted and got it broken in it will push that round forward and you can load another.

    This of course is absolutely impossible with a gun that has a rod.
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  3. Tom396

    Tom396 .30-06

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    Ah ha. So if I am understanding you correctly, the trick is to make sure each cartridge goes far enough into the magazine. Once in far enough, the magazine will not allow the cartridge to come back. Is that pretty much it? Take care. Tom Worthington
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  4. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Yes, I push them in until my thumbnail stops against the receiver and the rim of the cartridge is captured between the receiver and the spring loaded gate.

    It will hang there as you push the second cartridge in behind it.

    I don't have to do that anymore, as the loading gate is smoothed out enough now that it doesn't hang up on the rim of a loaded cartridge.
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  5. Tom396

    Tom396 .30-06

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    I see what you are saying. This is how I have been loading the gun. However, that doesn't fix what I was getting at.

    Lets say I load 11 rounds, and then begin shooting. I fire five rounds. I then want to top off the magazine with those 6 rounds still remaining in the magazine. Can't do it. Have to wait until the magazine is completely empty to put anymore back in. I didn't know that was the case, because I have never owned a lever gun before. Take care. Tom Worthington
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  6. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    It took me a while to understand what was going on myself, because the Mossberg .30-30 was my first lever gun as well. Until I did I didn't really like the loading gate very well.

    But once that loading gate is right you can push it in and it will shove the previous round forward into the tube a bit.

    I struggled with this for the first 100+ rounds. I just didn't understand that the gate was defective and it needed to be corrected.

    I believe I scraped it with the tip of a HSS Twist drill, shaving down the burr, and then dressed it with the Arkansas oilstone.
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  7. Tom396

    Tom396 .30-06

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    More data. I can add rounds if the magazine has very few rounds left in the magazine. If it is anywhere near full, the gate will not even press down (open). I mean not even a little bit. Take care. Tom Worthington
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  8. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I did trim the follower off about 3/8" because it was working like a valve in a bicycle pump.

    It went out much easier than it went in, because the cupped tail was swelling.

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