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Old 08-19-2008, 02:01 AM
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I wanted to remove my stock (after taking out three screws) on my Featherweight for a basic trigger adjustment and noticed the wood to steel fit was very tight indeed. Even with a good rap, the action would not separate. Is the action bedded or do I have just a good tight fit? How does a gunsmith separate it? Any special tools? Also, do most remove a scope as well or just leave it on..mine is a Leupold. It's truly perfect, so I want to go easy on it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:57 AM
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I can say that on all of my pre-64s that are factory original, it's just a wood/metal fit (i.e. no bedding material), and after removing the screws, things come apart easily.

A few years back when USRA announced that they were closing the New Haven plant, I went out and bought a new one, just for the sake of having one of the last ones made there. When I went to take that one apart to lighten up the ~8 lb trigger, I struggled to get the stock off. It almost didn't even seem to loosen up its fit after removing the action screws. It seemed to be bound up in the recoil lug area, so I was able to slowly "rock" it out--pulling apart back in the trigger area, then pulling up at the forend tip, and after a good while, it finally came apart.

The culprit? The recoil lug cutout in the stock was filled with a semi-soft epoxy of sorts that managed to keep an iron grip on the recoil lug. When I put it back together I had to push the stock back onto the action with a bit of force as well, and upon trying to take them apart again, it was the same gig all over. But by then I knew what to expect.

It shoots sub MOA, so I guess whatever that stuff is, it doesn't hurt any.

I can't say if there's any special tools to remove it, but I can't imagine how you could do anything but be patient and pull them apart.

For how little time it takes, I'd remove the scope, especially since you may have to manhandle things a bit to get it apart, if it's anything like mine was. Just remember to get to the range and check your zero after it's all finished. (I don't take the scopes off my pre-64s, as they come apart easily.)


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Old 08-19-2008, 08:35 AM
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Did you check the barrel tension screw near the forearm of the stock?
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:29 AM
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Kdub, if I am remembering correctly, the pre-64 Featherweights did not have the tension screw like the other models did. And I don't believe any of the post-64s, Featherweight or not, had the screw. So, that shouldn't be an issue for him.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:55 AM
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BTO...Many thanks on your experience with the latest model 70's. You were exactly right. The confidence you gave me worked out and I got the receiver/barrel removed. I also used a simple wooden dowel rod thru and under the rear receiver lug and gripped it upwards while applying downward thumb pressure on the wood stock; however, when pulling up on the forearm of the barrel, I could hear the epoxy pull apart. It took several patient tries like you suggested.
One new thing that I discovered was the clear epoxy left under the double nut and single nut around the trigger, that required an Exacto knife to clean out the screw for readjustment. I guess the lawyers for the USRA boys wanted to make it clear what was done should there be a misfire. I left mine closer to 4 lbs because I could see the issue of sear trigger engagement being really light, and to eliminate some slight creep. Since it's a .270 WSM magnun, having a 4 pounder that's crisp is fine, without even breaking it in.
Oh by the way, an immediate test firing put my loads closer together; however, I was surprised that my previous zero required a six inch windage adjustment after remounting. Once again, many thanks for your input.

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:04 PM
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tko--Glad to hear that things worked out for you. I know I was quite worried when I was first tearing mine apart, afraid that something would break before things freed up.

I, too, had to chip off a gob of epoxy from the double nuts when lighting up the pull.

Those were definitely lawyer guns at that point, but aside from that issue, which is now corrected on mine, I am quite happy with it overall.

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Old 09-11-2008, 09:26 AM
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Stock removal

Another trick I have used is to put the whole kit and kaboodle in the freezer overnight - shrinks things up a bit and sometimes helps with the removal - had to do that with one and rap the barrel with a broom hand to get it loose -scary- anyway use this fwiw - jb
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