New Model 8 owner with dating question

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Mazer
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New Model 8 owner with dating question

Post by Mazer » Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:20 pm

Hi all!
Just picked this Model 8 up from a friend. It is in very good condition! But I have a few questions!
The stock looks like an 8A grade, but the checkering doesn't look factory.
The butt pad I've seen on these before...but can't find if it is something that came with it or was a later add on.
Finally, the manufacturing date:
Under the receiver is an F at the top, then the serial# 26,5XX with a K with a circle under it.
Doing some digging on this site looks like the "K" is an inspection mark?
The F seems to say it was made in 1937, but the serial# looks like 1911-1912...not sure which to go by...
This one is in 35Rem caliber and I'm going to go shoot it a little later this afternoon!
https://i.imgur.com/PIvURil.jpg

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Re: New Model 8 owner with dating question

Post by Mazer » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:58 pm

Well, just got back from the range, looks like light strikes on the primers...tried 3 different types of ammo, not a single "bang". So going to have to take the rifle all the way apart and get the bolt and firing pin apart...see if it is either gummed up, or I need a new firing pin!
Cheers!
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Re: New Model 8 owner with dating question

Post by Phyrbird » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:35 pm

Be sure to check for mushrooming of the firing pin or the bolt carrier. They can wear over years of strikes. I always pull the bolt back half way & release the hammer to relieve the springs on my Ladies. That also prevents a dry fire on the firing pin.
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Re: New Model 8 owner with dating question

Post by Mazer » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:12 am

Phyrbird wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:35 pm
Be sure to check for mushrooming of the firing pin or the bolt carrier. They can wear over years of strikes. I always pull the bolt back half way & release the hammer to relieve the springs on my Ladies. That also prevents a dry fire on the firing pin.
Thanks! I'll do that! I have been watching a few "youTube" videos on dissassembly and reassembly....we'll see how it goes when I actually attempt this!

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