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Old 01-07-2017, 04:55 PM   #1
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We got a bunch of snow, so I decided to break my Marlin 60 down for a thorough cleaning. It went pretty good, except I bent the recoil spring trying to put the bolt back in. I straightened it as good as I could, and put it back in. I've got a new one on order, but I'd just like to know if the bent one will hurt the gun? If not, I'll leave it in and replace it the next time I break the gun down.

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We got a bunch of snow, so I decided to break my Marlin 60 down for a thorough cleaning. It went pretty good, except I bent the recoil spring trying to put the bolt back in. I straightened it as good as I could, and put it back in. I've got a new one on order, but I'd just like to know if the bent one will hurt the gun? If not, I'll leave it in and replace it the next time I break the gun down.

What do you guys think?
Hey I did that once too. Failed to cycle properly until I replaced it.
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We got a bunch of snow, so I decided to break my Marlin 60 down for a thorough cleaning. It went pretty good, except I bent the recoil spring trying to put the bolt back in. I straightened it as good as I could, and put it back in. I've got a new one on order, but I'd just like to know if the bent one will hurt the gun? If not, I'll leave it in and replace it the next time I break the gun down.

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Prolly fine, especially if it has a guide rod inserted into it.
If so, it's prolly OK to just leave it in and save the new one.
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Prolly fine, especially if it has a guide rod inserted into it.
If so, it's prolly OK to just leave it in and save the new one.
Thanks. It had a kink at one end and a bend at the other. After I straightened it, I put the kink on the guide rod side. It seems to hand cycle fine, but it does seem to have a little drag. When the weather breaks, I'll go out and try it out.

I hate tearing any gun down the first time. Even though lots of guns got things in common, they are usually just different enough to cause a problem.
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We got a bunch of snow, so I decided to break my Marlin 60 down for a thorough cleaning. It went pretty good, except I bent the recoil spring trying to put the bolt back in. I straightened it as good as I could, and put it back in. I've got a new one on order, but I'd just like to know if the bent one will hurt the gun? If not, I'll leave it in and replace it the next time I break the gun down.

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Depends on the gun. It's a crap shoot. Sometimes it won't affect it at all. Sometimes it's hosed. Only way to tell is to shoot it.

Frankly, though, just replace the spring and not worry about it.

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The design is almost the same on the 795. I did the same thing and it still runs great.

I also removed the metal shavings, polished the bolt, and deburred the feed ramp on my 795 before shooting
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Thanks. It had a kink at one end and a bend at the other. After I straightened it, I put the kink on the guide rod side. It seems to hand cycle fine, but it does seem to have a little drag. When the weather breaks, I'll go out and try it out.
I'd lock the slide back for a week or so, maybe until you can shoot it even. It will help smooth over that spring a bit, where it is curved or kinked.
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My brother has a Marlin Model 60 he hadn't taken down, possibly ever. The slide was very sluggish. Before I broke it down I googled it and found a you tube video. Good step by step process. I kept it bookmarked cause I don't have a Marlin 60 and don't know when he'll ask again.
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Thanks to all that replied. It finally stopped raining - then snowing - then raining again long enough to go out and try it out. I ran a bunch of federal Hi-velocity through it, and it worked just fine. I ran the first few slow, and then a bunch rapid fire. Not a hiccup. I think I'll just keep the extra spring for later.

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The design is almost the same on the 795. I did the same thing and it still runs great.

I also removed the metal shavings, polished the bolt, and deburred the feed ramp on my 795 before shooting
I couldn't believe the amount of metal shavings inside mine. There was also quite a bit of wood shavings from the woodwork floating around in there. You'd think Marlin would do better than that.
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