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Old February 2, 2021, 10:10 AM   #1
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.30 Carbine decisions

I have a M1 U.S. .30 Carbine for which I have ordered (and received), a complete spring kit and a bolt assembly/disassembly tool. The Carbine had no problems, functioned (notice I did not say "ran") ...I just wanted to be prepared for any minor problem if it should manifest itself.

I swapped-out the recoil spring and noticed the new spring was longer than the old one and it took more force to collapse it to get it into its orifices in the gun, despite being labeled as "standard". The old spring showed no signs of being cut...both ends had the closed and flat ends one would expect from an unaltered spring.

At this point, I think I will order a replacement extractor inasmuch as it seems to be the most likely part to fail in the future.

What I cannot decide is, if I should just swap out the present springs and the coming extractor or just keep the new springs (other than the recoil spring), in reserve until if and when they malfunction and are actually needed.
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