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Old 12-24-2018, 11:18 AM
6 Ring 6 Ring is offline
 
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A tight recoil plate is what you want. There is a method for assembling a carbine if the recoil plate has been removed.
Put the recoil plate in the stock not tight but it can just move.
Put the B/R in the stock. You should have to hit the butt plate with the palm of the hand to get the receiver lug into the recoil plate. If the receiver flops into the stock and recoil plate, the recoil plate is too loose.
Now with the receiver in the recoil plate, little or no crack and they are straight with each other, tighten down the recoil plate screw. Not dog tight or all you will do is crush wood under it.
If the B/R comes up when the recoil plate screw is tightened down, bump it more into the recoil plate. This is a good thing, you have a tight recoil plate.
Now, the recoil plate is in line with the receiver. On some stocks, if the recoil plate is just tightened down with out the B/R in it, there is a little wiggle room in the wood and the recoil plate and received cannot be in line with each other. On some worn carbines, you can pull the barrel and the receiver goes in and out in the recoil plate. This is way too loose.
Now with the recoil plate tightened down, remove the B/R.
Now put the B/R back in. The barrel should be about a half an inch +/- above the stock nose. This tells you the recoil plate is tight enough and will hold the receiver when it goes all the way in. As said if the B/R flops in the recoil plate and stock is too loose.
Now this the important part, with a little pressure squeezing the barrel to the stock nose with the left hand, hit the butt plate with the palm of the right hand to seat the receiver lug into the recoil plate. It may take several hits to seat it. On a very tight recoil plates, I have had to hit the floor with the butt plate, bang the stock down several times to get the receiver into the recoil plate. Your recoil plate is too tight only if you can not get the receiver lug into the recoil plate by beating the butt plate on the floor. I have had some very tight recoil plates and it took several floor hits to get it in, but I have never had one too tight.
Once the B/R is in the stock "NO" pressure should be needed to put the HG and band on.

Now what happens went the B/R is assembled, with pressure pushing the barrel down as someone stated above. First you are crushing wood under the recoil plate and the first or second shot with seat the receiver lug into the recoil plate all the way and the point of aim will change.
Hitting the butt plate should be required every time to get the barrel into the barrel channel of the stock each time the B/R is removed from the stock.
If the recoil plate is removed, the whole thing has to be done again. Aligning the recoil plate is a important part of carbine assembly. If there is any "pressure" on the barrel from the band, like holding it down, as the barrel heats up the point of aim will move.

Last edited by 6 Ring; 12-24-2018 at 03:07 PM.
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