I know what the problem is, I know what needs to be done to fix it, but for the life of me I don't know how to acomplish it
I have a 22 y/o Remington 11-87. It worked perfectly, until my Dad shipped it to me at my new duty station. The action is locked forward. Attached is the exploded parts schematic from Remington, so I will give a brief description of a part and its number, to help clarify the issue.
Model 11-87 ZoomView Parts Schematic
After pulling off the Buttstock (80) and the trigger assembely (84), I found the problem. There are two 6" rods (56) which are supposed to connect the bolt carrier (13) to the recoil spring (3) via the "guide tube"? (7). However, due to some rough handling during shipping, the ends of these rods (56) have found their way into a 3/4 inch dimple in the back of the reciever (68), where the rear end of the bolt carrier (13) is supposed to go after firing.
I know I need to pull the ends of the rods (56) back down into the tube (7), but there is a lip between the two cavities that I cannot get them past. There seems to be a ramp leading the other direction that the ends took to get where they are, but it is a flat wall going the other direction.
I am not afraid to pull the gun apart to its individual components, and I can see how I would fully dissasemble it from where I am if everything was where it was supposed to be, but I can't get it any farther. I have tried everything I can think of, but I'm stumped. I don't want to take it to a gunsmith (pride, and I can't really afford it on a PFC's pay), but I will take advice from anyone with an idea what to try or where to go from here.