August 2, 2001, 02:18 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new to the firing line, although I have been reading these posts for quite a while now. I just purchased a Marlin 1894P .44 mag. and after taking it to the range, I noticed the forend developed a little play fore and aft. I also own an older Marlin .444 that had this play, but tightening the receiver screw in front of the lever seemed to have cured it. I pulled the forend off the 1894 and saw the play between the front of the forend and the forend cap trunion. I shimmed this area with a couple of wood slivers and reinstalled the forend cap. All the play is gone, however, is what I did a legit fix? Or would I be better off sending the gun to Marlin. Is a little play normal in a lever gun? Thank you for your help in advance!