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taking apart action on remington m-48

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by tech, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. tech

    tech Well-Known Member


    I just bought a m48 and got the barrel off but how do you remove the action from the reciever. Any help would be appriciated.

  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    I'm going to move this thread to the Gunsmithing forum - you're more likely to find the information you need over there.
  3. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Try NRA's Rifle & Shotgun disassembly book, or a similar book by DBI.
  4. tech

    tech Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, I will check that out.

  5. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    It has been a while, but I'll try. First make sure the hammer is cocked, then drift out the pins that hold the trigger group and remove it from the bottom of the receiver. Then push the bolt back a little and pull out (hard) on the operating handle and remove it. This should let the bolt, locking block, bolt carrier and the recoil spring struts come out to the front. Unless necessary for cleaning (if the gun was dropped in water or something like that) don't remove the butt stock or the recoil spring. Try to keep the shell latch in place until you can see how it fits.

    I don't recommend taking down the trigger group. Leave the hammer cocked. If the group needs cleaning, dunk it in a cleaner (there are a number of good ones) and slosh it around. If you must disregard this advice, work in an area where pieces won't get lost, as they have a habit of flying away.

    BTW, since you have the barrel off, check the position of the friction rings. Unless you know how you want them, reassemble the same way. That gun is an updated version of the old Model 11 (Browning Auto 5) and the friction rings are critical to proper operation.

  6. tech

    tech Well-Known Member


    What are the friction rings? There was a small ring under the grip.

  7. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Hi Mike !

    I think Jim was thinking about the model 11 Remington and not the 48 when he mentioned the friction rings . The M - 48 should have just one bronze friction ring that fits on the front of the magazine tube between the barrel lug and the action spring. The older M-11 , like the browning A-5 had a multiple piece system which has to be assembles correctly for proper function. The rest of his tear down instructions sounds fine to me. If you need any nore assistance I can e-mail you some info. Good Luck ! Keith
  8. tech

    tech Well-Known Member


    Thanks, you hit the nail right on the head, one ring right above main spring. I am going to pull it apart this weekend. Thanks all!

  9. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Thanks, mnrivrat, you are correct. As I said, it has been a while.

    Tech, a minor point, but in a gun the mainspring is always the spring that causes the gun to fire. It may be a hammer spring, or a firing pin spring, but the general term "mainspring" applies. I did check the Model 48 diagram and see I made some terminology errors as well. The spring in the buttstock that acts on the slide (what most call the bolt carrier) is the action spring. The spring in the foreend is the recoil spring.

  10. tech

    tech Well-Known Member

    Thanks again Jim. It is nice to have such great resources. I sure am glad Al Gore invented this here internet!


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