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Stix 08-23-2009 05:17 AM

Peening Dovetail action hold down thread base
Hello, i was wondering if it would help accurize my new Marlin 982VS-CF .22 magnum rifle if I peened the dovetail action holdown thread base that slides into dovetail on barrel to keep it from sliding around? If so what is the proper peening technique?

stalkingbear 08-23-2009 12:58 PM

If it's loose enough to where you can slide it easily, I'd peen it. Take the base out, strike it (dovetail) lightly with a brass hammer on both "sides" (front & rear), then drive it back in. Make SURE you don't peen it too much & to get the base centered properly when you're done. It would also help to CAREFULLY use a bit of glass bedding.

Stix 08-23-2009 11:45 PM

Thank you for reply stalkingbear, i will go ahead and peen it and reinstall after my paint job is fully dry.

robocop10mm 08-24-2009 01:23 PM

I prefer to use a center punch and peen the flat under the dovetail not the ears. This method is generally more controllable, the ears can be resistant to movement and then bend drastically. Cosmetically the center punch method is invisible.

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