I've never taken apart a lever action before but i'm thinking it could be something to do with the ejector & that it's pushing it towards the right of the receiver. Once I get inside it I'm sure I can figure it out. Till i can really look at the interior I don't plan to shoot it anytime soon. Given it's age I don't plan to just load and shoot till I'm completely sure it's in working order.
Make sure and give us updates after you repair it and try it out.
Will do Golphin!
Once i get some tools I plan to jump right into it. I have a rifle up for sale locally & on Gunbroker so once that sell's I'll be setting up a little workstation to properly work on the gun. It's been a dream since i was a kid to be a gunsmith, this way I can enjoy it as a learning hobby.
I had found this website after purchasing the rifle & it has a build project that really amazed me on how a worn out gun can be brought back to life. It goes through 9 parts for the complete project but it's well worth the read.
As far as the bolt not lining up with the rear of the receiver, it does not look like it can go any further forward from one of the other photos. I'd check the headspace, although my experience with Model 93 rifles is that they all seem to be on the excessive side, although it hasen't made much difference in the two that I've owned.
If that bore is toast, that 38/55 option really sounds good to me. I might add that a scope on that old rifle kind of sounds blasphemous to me. A good tang sight might do just as well for you. looking forward to the results of your project.
Last edited by Scharfschuetze; 02-24-2019 at 11:06 PM.
Keep your powder dry,
Thanks for the tip on the headspace tip Scharfshuetze, after reading up on it for the 30-30 some people will only resize the neck when reloading and have the shoulder help with the headspacing. . Although I'm still going to wait till I get this bolt out before I fire any rounds through it. Your right that there isn't any more room to go forward on the bolt, I was more worried about the rear having extra material sticking out. But after looking at other 1893/93's it seems that's normal. I had a crazy idea before that the bolt was swapped out with an older model.
I just ordered a Brownell's screwdriver bit set to work on the rifle, some of the screws already show's damage from a previous owner using the wrong tool. Once i get my hands on them I can figure out why the bolt is being canted out under the ejector spring. I took a picture to give an idea of how much.. I'm able to push it in & make it flush but the tension it's under makes it come right back out. I'm guessing the bolt may have some premature wear from not being cleaned properly, if that's the case i've already located a bolt online to replace it with.
Spot on with the neck sizing Dirt Wagon. As i only shoot cast bullets (Lyman 311041) though mine, the pressures are pretty low and and neck sized cases chamber several times before needing to FL resize. The 170 grain Lyman (with gas check) at 1,800 fps really shoots well in mine, even out to 200 yards.
Keep your powder dry,
I've been looking at cast bullets & came across these to try out first. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/82...eck-box-of-100
I also have a Savage 170 & 340 that both shoot 30-30, so even if the barrel in this rifle is shot out then I can use them up in the others.
* Update *
Just received my screwdriver set today & finally cracked open the 93 & cleaned all the gunk out that I couldn't reach before. Took a few pictures to show what I found & some of the crude I dug out. I purchased some sand paper and polished up the lever that contacts the bolt to help smooth it out. It all came apart pretty easily but the screws were filled in with years of dirt/oil that needed to be cleaned out to fit the screw heads in properly.
Just some of the stuff that I was scraping out with a small tool.
Areas that I polished, tried to clean up the side of the lever that had some pitting but decided not sand that much off.
IMG_20190306_160038466.jpg IMG_20190306_172602886.jpg IMG_20190306_152020666.jpg IMG_20190306_172610755.jpg
Locking bolt was nasty.
Ejector spring has a curve to it on the base which is different from others I've seen online. May be the cause why the bolt is just slightly pushed out on the lower half.
Mine IMG_20190306_163041972_2.jpg One I found online Marlin ejecter spring 1.jpg
With the bolt out I was able to take a better look down the barrel. Seems the rifling near the muzzle is mostly gone but by the chamber it appears like it's good.
Last edited by Dirt Wagon; 03-06-2019 at 06:54 PM.
As it's not a collector grade gun, if you want to keep it, I'd rebore it to 35-30 or 38-55, D&T and scope it to make a nice shooter.
Last edited by 1936SECOND; 09-02-2019 at 11:57 PM.