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Old April 12, 2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Bent Marlin 60 Recoil Spring

Has anyone "un-bent" one sucessfully?

Anyone know where to get one without paying $7 S/H?
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Old April 12, 2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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I could go into a post about metalurgy and how once a spring is kinked it can't be unkinked, but based on my experience with a Marlin 60 with a bent main spring.....

Pay the 7 dollars S&H. My father, machinist for longer than I have been alive, had the same bent spring problem. He paid the 7 dollars S&H and considered it a bargain.

A bent recoil spring in a Marlin 60 will cause failures to cycle like nobodies business.

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Old April 13, 2013, 05:20 AM   #3
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I bent one in my 60ss. I straightened it out because I wanted to shoot that day. I bought a new one but have not put it in yet. That was several thousand rounds ago.
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Old April 13, 2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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Re: Bent Marlin 60 Recoil Spring

Nope... I just waited until I needed a bunch of stuff from midway... Their shipping is only like $4... Might as well replace a bunch of springs and the buffer if it is older...
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Old April 14, 2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Sounds like the recoil assembly...

was inserted into the breech bolt reversed and bent the spring.
Get a new spring, may need to call some shop but one will have it, and reassemble correctly.

You could try and re-straighted the spring but need to re-temper.
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Old April 14, 2013, 10:30 PM   #6
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Those springs can be cold straightened, but it requires a lot of patience and some experience. It is probably better to pay the tab, and buy a buffer or two at the same time.

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Old April 15, 2013, 10:21 AM   #7
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The kink will always cause trouble.
If you don't have a new spring, you can get by with cutting the kink out and just using the two halves of the spring as one.
It works pretty good and much easier to reinstall.
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Old April 15, 2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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I went ahead and ordered one from Midway. I might try the 2 piece spring deal when I get the replacement.
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