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Old February 8, 2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Stevens 511 S/S-barrel removal

I've had for a number of years an inexpensive s/s 12 gauge Stevens. On this particular gun you cannot take off the fore-stock so you can remove the barrels from the action. I did it once but it is a lot of work. Is there a fairly easy way to modify this shotgun so you can take off the fore-stock and remove the barrel in a normal manner? Thanks.
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Old February 8, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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The forearm doesn't just pull off like my Savage/Fox???
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Old February 9, 2011, 11:21 AM   #3
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You can take the forearm off but there is a steel rod that keeps the barrel on the action- I never saw anything similar. In any event I was wondering if there was some sort of an easy modification so I could take off the barrel for cleaning. Like a lot of cheap s/s guns the action sort of springs shut a little from a low hammer problem so...if I can modify to take off the barrel I'll then fix the low hammer problem so the gun opens fully and stays that way.
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Old February 9, 2011, 11:57 AM   #4
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That's your hinge pin - take the forearm off, then use the lever to open the action - the barrels should come right off in your hand
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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No, this steel rod runs lengthwise under the barrel. I have taken the barrel off the gun following a diagram but it was a PITA. On a typical s/s you pop off the fore-stock open the action and take off the barrel.
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Old February 10, 2011, 07:44 AM   #6
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Speculation on my part, as I haven't seen your gun, but it sounds to me as tho you have removed the forend wood, possibly by removing a screw or two, and left the forend iron in place. The forend, if it doesn't have an external latch on the bottom side, snaps into place with a spring loaded latch of a couple different designs. The forend on these is removed by pulling downward on the forend, and some are pretty stiff, a good thing. I suggest since you have removed the wood, try putting a screwdriver between the barrel rib and the "rod" that you spoke of and pulling downward gently. I bet the "rod" pops off the stud it is snapped on to and you can reinstall the forend iron into the wood and leave it there. Goatwhiskers the Elder
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Old February 10, 2011, 02:06 PM   #7
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It cocks different from a regular 311- total different design- there is a rod surrounded by a coil spring. You can depress the spring and then slide the rod sideways and take off the barrel- lots of work. That's why I was wondering if there was some sort of quick fix.
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Old February 10, 2011, 03:06 PM   #8
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That's the only way I know of, you remove the ejector spring/rod after you take the forend off.

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Old February 10, 2011, 05:39 PM   #9
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Learned something new. Goat
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