870 bolt - firing pin/spring question ('55 Wingmaster)


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9mmMike
November 29, 2004, 07:57 PM
Howdy,
I have a '55 Wingmaster with a broken firing pin. I ordered a new pin and spring from Numrich and it is here in front of me.
When comparing the old combo to the new, I find this:

1. The new firing pin has a longer area for the spring. The seat for the spring is further towards the rear of the gun.

2. The new spring is a little shorter than the original spring.

3. The firing pins are the same length.

If I put the bolt together with the new pin and spring, the pin is very softly sprung due to the combination of a longer area and shorter spring. If I use the new pin and the original srping, it is stiff. It is moveable and looks like it will strike a primer but I am leary of mixing the parts.

Is there a concern for a firing pin spring that is too soft?

Does this make sense?

Thanks,

Mike

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Jim K
November 29, 2004, 10:22 PM
I will only say what I would try, since I don't want to give advice that could create a problem. I would try the stiff spring and test the gun to see if it works OK. I think it probably would.

I don't see anything in the GPC book about there being any change in those pins nor do I recall any. You might call or write to Remington and order parts from them, giving the serial number of the gun; they would know if there were changes where GPC might not. You can always return the parts to GPC if they have not been used.

Jim

9mmMike
December 8, 2004, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the suggestion.

Check out this post by simmonsguns. It was very good intel.

http://www.thehighroad.org./showpost.php?p=1394694&postcount=8

Mike

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