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    Magazine Tube Dent Removal

    Ok, obviously not XCR related, but I thought someone might have a suggestion. I just bought a nice Marlin 1895SS in 45-70 and discovered a small issue when I tried to load it.

    Apparently someone over-tightened a screw or smacked the magazine tube against something at some point, because there's a small ding in the tube. Not much, but it binds the follower and prevents the last round from being loaded.

    I've tapped the follower through a few times but I don't think that's going to do it as I can't tell any difference. Any suggestions on how to remove that?



    That guy, he said I should be oblong and have my knees removed. But I don't trust him, he plays the banjo.

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    Buy a new tube?? Or, the tubes are thin....could you heat it with a propane torch and send a wooden/brass dowel down the tube? Probably will screw up the finish though.
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    Yeah, it's such a small ding, it rubs me the wrong way to not at least attempt to fix it first.

    The ding is under the hand guard, so any alteration to the finish might not be visible. I guess I could see if I could find something just the right diameter to force through it.



    That guy, he said I should be oblong and have my knees removed. But I don't trust him, he plays the banjo.

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    is the ding at one end or in the middle? you might be able to push a drill bit through it and take the dent out

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    This might be a crackpot idea........does the round catch, or just the follower?.. if it was just the follower, could you relieve a small "notch" in the follower that would allow it to clear the ding protrusion?...
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    It's about 6" in from the end. And it's a pretty big tube, I don't know about getting a perfectly sized drill bit that big.

    It catches the follower, but there's no guarantee that the follower wouldn't just rotate where it would catch again if you cut it.



    That guy, he said I should be oblong and have my knees removed. But I don't trust him, he plays the banjo.

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    I was wondering if it would just rotate...Hmmm

    I was thinking of something kinda like the wedge that holds the handlebars on a bike(inside the fork tube)......Or even something like a wedge anchor, that spreads and expands as you tighten it...

    Kinda long shot though to find the perfect thing like that



    E.T.A. how deep in the dent/ding?
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    I would try Sean's idea with the heat and dowel.Name:  pound.gif
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    Steel round stock the diameter of the follower with one end clamped in a stout vise. Work the dent out a little at a time with a light hammer while rotating the tube back an forth on the round stock.
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    Ok, it actually went better than I had feared, it just took a lot of patience. And a few reassembly/disassembly cycles.

    I had some thick wall Al tubing and I just slid that inside the tube as the anvil. Then I pseudo randomly pounded the outside with the plastic end of a small hammer. This got it moving pretty quick, but it was still sticking some.

    I had to go over it a number of times to get it to where the follower would always slide through smoothly.

    Now I just need to go shoot this baby! One of the advantages of the caliber at the moment is I was able to walk into Academy and walk out with 6 boxes of ammo. Not cheap (even normally), but it's there.



    That guy, he said I should be oblong and have my knees removed. But I don't trust him, he plays the banjo.

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