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Auto 5 owners... school me?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Col. Harrumph, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Col. Harrumph

    Col. Harrumph Member

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    Does your gun's buttstock slide on easily, so that the stock screw inserts freely? Or do you have to force the stock to jam up against the receiver before you insert the screw? The blind hole in my gun's stock... the one that houses the bolt-return spring... is drilled a little short, so that the spring plug bottoms out before the stock is fully on.

    It's hard to believe this slipped out of the factory unless it's supposed to fit this way. But if it is, why?
     
  2. Rudolph31

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    I’ve never seen that problem before. It’s possible that the original Action Tube (the spring housing) broke off and was replaced with one that’s a little too long. Prior to 1958 the tubes were threaded in and were weak. The later tubes were silver-soldered in place. Art’s Gunshop has some excellent videos on the subject. And they replaced one for me.

    https://artsgunshop.com/

    I guess you could lengthen the hole in the stock a little, or shorten the tube with a file.

    Incidentally, the most common stock fit problem is one that’s too loose. Over time the bolt hole gets elongated. The solution is to send it to Art who will drill it out and cement a hardwood plug. Then with a special jig re-drill the hole. Pretty simple, but without the jig the chances of getting it right are slim.
     
  3. Col. Harrumph

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    Thanks Rudy, looks like a useful site. But there's no obvious link there re. gunsmith services. As you're both in MO I guess you were a walk-in?
     
  4. Rudolph31

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    Yes, it’s an hour drive. But guys send their Auto-5’s to Art from all over the country.
     
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    Art's is known as the 'go to' for A-5's.
     
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