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Old December 25, 2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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Marlin stainless model 60 question

I took my late sons Marlin model 60 apart to clean it this evening. I bought the gun used for him, he shot it a lot then moved to a 243 and and the 22 sat.
I bought the gun used and this is the first time it had been taken apart by me. Apparently the PO bent the slide recoil spring in the past and when I tried to put it back in it only bent worse.
To get it in I did a little off hand engineering and cut one coil (the bent one) out of the spring, put half in the slide half over the pin that sits against the rear stop. Then pushed the pin into the front half on into the hole in the rear of the slide where it goes and installed the block.
I reassembled the rifle took it outside and ran 14 rounds thru it. It shoots fine ejects fine feeds fine just like before.

My question is is one coil being cut out in the middle of the spring enough to make the gun unsafe damage it etc. Both halfs of the spring are held securely inside the block and pin is in both halfs.
As I said I cant tell any difference in the gun at all. But Im no gunsmith either so checking here. Thanks
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Old December 26, 2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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With 180 views and 0 replies I assume nobody knows the answer to my question or my question was worded so nobody understands what I asked.
I suppose I will order a new spring while keeping the rife at its post by the bedside alongside the 12 gauge and the 45.
It isnt a plinker or a everyday shooter, more a keepsake and in a pinch HD weapon so I assume it will be ok as one of our HD weapons until I can get a spring in for it.
Thanks anyway
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Old December 26, 2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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Probably not a problem but a spring doesn't cost a lot .For your own peace of mind get a new spring.

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Old December 26, 2012, 05:03 PM   #4
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I'd second that. In the meantime, it's not going to be dangerous, most likely. However, I'm not an engineer. If it were mine, I'd be ok with it as a temp. fix, but I'd get a new spring ASAP.
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Old December 26, 2012, 05:14 PM   #5
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As long as the two pieces stay butted together it will be ok.
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Old December 26, 2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Aha, you've discovered the trick.
Mine has been like that for years.
One of these days I might put the new spring in, but it works just fine with two halves.
And there's a limit to one's patience.
Don't sweat it.
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