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Old October 29, 2020, 12:20 PM   #11
Join Date: January 4, 2012
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The hard lever movement of the 88 is normally, but not all ways associated with metal surface scoring at the hammer contact to bolt belly where the hammer is in full pre load condition. once the bolt moves forward far enough to be no longer in contact with the now cocked hammer, the action goes into battery smoothly. It doesn't take much metal scoring to create drag on this fast camming bolt over lever design. In summery, remove the bolt and trigger assembly from the action and closely examine the hammer face that glides against the bolt under belly. polish it smooth and its corresponding rub marks on the bolt belly. clean & lube all movement contact points and reassemble. One thing to note is the metal surfaces on these parts are their very hardest at their surface, once the original surface is worn away, the metal under the surface is softer and so its "stickier" when pressure contact is made as a rub between 2 parts like whats described above. Active gun parts are hardened much like a grade 8 bolt. harder on the outer surface but softer as you go toward the center. This gives the part its durability and safeguard against cracking. Most of the time, once this 88 hard lever condition starts, it will never be as smooth as it was when new despite a heavy lube job. You can make it better to varying degree but most times not exactly like new. Unlike is sister gun, the 100, the 88 is a pretty decent action. The 100 was designed to self destruct with super flimsy action bars that will crack and break with use. Winchester made an extra run of these action bars before they discontinued this brain fart of a design. By the end of the 1980's, all those replacement action bars were gone from stock. Good luck with your 88.
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