I think you're right about the locktite, I'll give the heat gun and steel wool a try. I've always had a thing for lever guns ever since my Pre '64 Model 94 was stolen. This one just feels right, the action is super smooth and I doubt it's had very many rounds through it based on the look of the bore. I just priced out some brass to load for it and it seems it'll be more cost effective to buy ammo and reload those cases. Anyone with an older 336 have any suggestions as to what shoots well in their rifles? By the way, when did rifle brass get to more than $1.00 ea.????? I guess it's been a while since I priced brass.