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Old September 14, 2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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On a tube-mag Marlin of mine, the tube goes through a hole in the socket that the action screw screws into. The cylindrical socket is dovetailed into the bottom of the barrel, but is a loose fit. If I tighten the action screw too much, it pulls down in the dovetail and bends the mag tube slightly. Then the magazine tube rod binds and cannot be removed for loading. I wonder if this might be happening with your gun. I have pondered how to fix this, and think maybe the best would be to remove the magazine tube and then, using a small round file, enlarge the tube guide hole of the screw socket on the barrel side. Then the binding of the tube would be lessened when the action screw is snugged. Along with this I would probably J-B weld the socket in its dovetail as I can't see why it should be loose and feel it is an assembly flaw in the rifle. And a pretty dumb one, at that. I suppose I could send it to Marlin and ask them to fix it, but I don't want that hassle.
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