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Been enjoying my 1894 in .357 for a while now and finally took 'er down to detail strip level (took the bolt, hammer, lifter, trigger plate, etc. out of the receiver) yesterday to get everything nice and clean. I did not really monkey with the magazine tube much though. I took the end cap, spring and follower out but left the barrel/stock bands on so the fore-stock and tube stayed on the receiver. The screw that holds the tube cap goes into the slot in the barrel is noticeably crooked and its hard to say, but the tube may be *slightly* to the left of the barrel.

I never noticed if this is what it looked like before because I never looked at it real close. Could this be something I caused or has it always been like this and I simply didn't notice?

Hopefully the pics help, but I know it may be hard to tell from pics, it's more obvious in person.
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It appears to me that the plug screw may be too long, pressing up against the bbl. Try backing off the screw several turns and then look at it, if it gets any closer to the bbl. you may have to cut a little off the screw. On the 44 cal. guns I have the mag tube almost touches the bbl. and the plug screw doesn't extend the mag tube that much. Good luck with it.
 

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just plain bill said:
It appears to me that the plug screw may be too long, pressing up against the bbl. Try backing off the screw several turns and then look at it, if it gets any closer to the bbl. you may have to cut a little off the screw. On the 44 cal. guns I have the mag tube almost touches the bbl. and the plug screw doesn't extend the mag tube that much. Good luck with it.
I think JPB is right.
If the tube isn't hanging at 6:00 o'clock, just rotate it after loosening the band and plug screw.

Tom
 

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It appears that there is a slot machined into the bottom of the barrel for the end of the screw to sit in.

You think I should just loosen things up and try to center it? I'm wondering how crucial it is to have it centered, since I doubt I'll be able to get it exact, even if I move it. Thanks for your help.
 

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It appears that there is a slot machined into the bottom of the barrel for the end of the screw to sit in.

You think I should just loosen things up and try to center it? I'm wondering how crucial it is to have it centered, since I doubt I'll be able to get it exact, even if I move it. Thanks for your help.

Loosen things up, and center it to your eye.

Tom
 

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Tomray said:
Loosen things up, and center it to your eye.

Tom
Tom is right, as usual, once you get it loosened up and into the slot, it will basically center itself.
 

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You guy's made me look at my '02 1894SS...what I found and never noticed before.
My tube was un-centered as well. The more I looked, the more I found. The forend cap was pressing on the mag tube's left side, the tube plug screw was way long and digging into the barrel. Out came the tools and these were corrected. Then putting it back together, I noticed the forend wood had a very tight fit to the barrel, so I sanded to relieve the pressure and sealed it back up with tru-oil. Now the only thing touching the barrel is the forend cap and front band, and all still snug but free of any stress points.
The rifle shot 3-4 inch groups at 100 yards before with commercial jacketed ammo, I wonder if this will improve. Time will tell.
 

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Ya that's what I was thinking. It may have shipped like this but I never noticed it, because I never had a reason to look this closely.

Glad we figured it out. Thanks again for the help guys.
 

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Glocker, that is how mine looked when I finally looked close. I did not ask or think to loosen the screw. I sent it back to factory and they said the band and band screw was replaced. It looks correct now so I am happy. Hope you can adjust yours rather than send back.
Keith
 
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