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Old 07-24-2021, 09:27 PM
PloughMud PloughMud is offline
 
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Default M1903 Barrel Band Retaining Spring

This is stuck “down” and the band slides freely over it. Do you just push it out via the hole on other side of stock? Is there a correct spring to replace and if so any risk of unnecessary stock damage in doing so? It’s an S marked stock on front but otherwise a beautiful USMC M1903 stock…
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Old 07-24-2021, 10:26 PM
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use small pin punch to push it back so the band is captured.
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Old 07-24-2021, 11:59 PM
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You must have a high quality pin punch or you will muck up the job. Try ebay to buy the correct small punch.
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Old 07-25-2021, 01:18 AM
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You can get a small Craftsman pin punch at Lowe's. Be careful when punching out the spring because the pin punch is notorious for slipping off the head of the band spring pin and embedding itself in the wood. Once removed, you can carefully bend the band spring pin if necessary and restore the band spring protrusion. But first, re-seat the band spring back in the stock and be sure it's not wedging itself in the slot. If so, then you'll need to widen the slot a little.

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Old 07-25-2021, 07:32 AM
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A small diameter nail set with a concave face works best for starting the pin out. An alternative is to dig under the tip and pry it up. Any damage is hidden under the band. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:56 AM
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Thank you, sirs! Will give it a shor
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Old 07-25-2021, 03:25 PM
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Had this happen once . . . .
On a “whim”, I tried this . . . .(didn’t think it would work, but . . .)
With a THICK piece of leather (3/8”) held against the off-side, I whacked the leather with a hammer . . . .”Sprong-g-g!” . . .out popped the trailing edge of the spring!
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:06 PM
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If there are any signs of rust on the spring proceed with caution. I have seen rusted spring and the pin will not move.

Also using the back of a exacto knife blade or dental tool carefully clean out the area above and below the spring as dirt and grime gets packed in and will hold the spring down.
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Old 08-02-2021, 01:16 AM
Fenris_Bane Fenris_Bane is offline
 
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This is stuck “down” and the band slides freely over it. Do you just push it out via the hole on other side of stock? Is there a correct spring to replace and if so any risk of unnecessary stock damage in doing so? It’s an S marked stock on front but otherwise a beautiful USMC M1903 stock…
These band springs are basically the same design as was used on US Military firearms since 1795. There are some basic reasons the band spring is "stuck".

1) The band spring has rust on it and isn't free to move because the wood is holding the spring because the rust can make it wider than the slot.

2) The slot has swollen or is too narrow for the band spring. It also might have some "splinters" of wood from the slot interfering with the spring.

3) The spring is cracked (broken) usually near the pin.

They can be easily removed. Just be careful driving them out because you might spall the wood especially at the pin end. This is caused by the stock wood friction with the spring as it is being driven out.

Clean the spring and slot and test it to see if it moves freely in the slot. Do not try to add more tension on the spring by bending it away from the stock. You can break the spring of the weld at the pin.
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:36 AM
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Another reason for band springs sticking is due to accumulation of oil and crud in the slot.

After removing the spring, carefully clean it out with some solvent and then check to see if it is still tight. If so, it may be due to the wood having swollen from over oiling. Also check to see if there were any dings or dents in that area which may have affected the slot.

If either is the case, take a small flat file and carefully chase the sides a bit to make them more smooth and even. Clean the spring and check for fit and movement in the slot.
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