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The load gate screw on my 91xxxxxx series 336ss chambered in 30-30 keeps loosening after firing only a few shots...plinkers or full power, doesn't matter. The load gate then will want to twist up or down often preventing the next round in the tube from sitting properly/squarely/centered. Sometimes, this means that the carrier doesn't pick up the next round when the action is cycled.

The load gate spring tension is perfectly fine...is there a known reason why that screw keeps backing out or why the gate wants to misalign?
 

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Jech I'm sure no expert on this but it sounds to me like you need to hit that screw with a dab of lok tite and snug her down again, then let her dry. Should solve your problem.

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MontanaMan said:
Jech I'm sure no expert on this but it sounds to me like you need to hit that screw with a dab of lok tite and snug her down again, then let her dry. Should solve your problem.

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Indeed.
 

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Its a pretty rare one to act like you describe really. They do loosen up on ocasion & when they do it can cause problems, but usually tightening them up solves it. The normal troubling screws are the lever & lifter screws because theres parts rotating on them. At any rate a little loktite should do it for you.
 

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Take the loading gate out and lay it flat on a table or other flat surface and make sure it's not twisted from one end to the other.

Have seen a couple that were twisted and they acted like you describe. Twisted them straight and tightened them down and no issues since.
 

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