Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > D-I-Y Projects
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-30-2022, 07:33 PM   #1
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default Vintage savage 29b .22 repair and minor restoration

I bought this off of @Draco recently. He said it would not fire every time. The most consecutive shots he had ever got out of it was 9. I like old stuff and fixing things.

Initially i was not having many misfires but then they became more frequent. However the most pressing issue i was having was that when the slide was in the rear position nothing was restricting more than one bullet from coming out of the mag. I disassembled it and found the bullet stop to have just enogh wear on that I thought it might be unable to restrict feed anymore. I made a new one out of a large washer because it was the closest material i had to the 3mm thickness of the original part. I intentionally made it a little too wide and it would not allow a bullet past it at all. I then filed a little off at a time until it allowed a bullet to feed. Once it got it there, the feeding problem was solved. The slide rides directly against this part. The magazine spring tension moves it over into a slot in the slide as the pump is moved back. Once past that slot, it moves back into position. Over decades of use, the slide wore it down out of spec. Pic of new part i found online included. To be continued.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-30-2022, 07:42 PM   #2
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default

Next was the misfire issue. Like the cartridge stop, it showed some deformation on the end that i thought might possibly have made it too short. I welded a bit of additional material onto it and ground it back to shape. The misfires actually got worse at this point. They were maybe 10% before. Now they were about 30%. In retrospect i figured out that there is much more travel designed into the firing pin than is needed. It would have to wear down about 1/4" before not functioning due to length. I noticed that the pin was only striking the very outer edge of the cases. I got to looking at it and the pin was riding high in its slot. It is not fully contained so it has the ability to not be in ideal position if ther is any slop in the area it is contained in. I welded a tiny bead onto the top side and then ground it down a little at a time until it fit back in the slot. This extra material forced it down into the proper position. No more misfires. Very nice case strike indents. Unfortunately i did not take any pics of this process. I will say i was pretty shocked at how crudely made the firing pin was. Maybe it had been worked on before? Who knows.
I also managed to break AND lose the spring that returns the firing pin, so i made a new one from what the hardware store had.

To be continued.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

Last edited by LeanMachine; 11-30-2022 at 07:54 PM.
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-30-2022, 07:46 PM   #3
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default

When i first got it i thought the finish on the bottom metal and trigger assembly was very odd. Then i realized it was the same as the stock finish. No idea if it came like that from the factory or if someone did it along the way. I stripped it off with a fine wire wheel and reblued it.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-30-2022, 07:49 PM   #4
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default

The top part of the front sight was broken off. I welded some material into it and then ground it to shape. Unfortunately i removed too much material in the dialing in process. Not sure if i will just buy another one or weld on this one again.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-30-2022, 07:52 PM   #5
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default

It is a super cool old gun and i really enjoyed getting to figure out how it worked and how to fix it. Im going to kill a pile of squirrels with it. I also sanded the visible side of the bolt to pretty it up a bit.

If anyone has cool old firearm that is in need of some love, i would sure like to talk to you about taking it off your hands.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-02-2022, 08:22 AM   #6
LeanMachine
Ten Point
 
LeanMachine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton, tx
Hunt In: east texas
Default

Forgot pic from after stripping but before blue.

Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
LeanMachine is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-04-2022, 09:37 AM   #7
bassmatt72
Pope & Young
 
bassmatt72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Belton TX
Hunt In: Any place I can.
Default

Cool!! Good work figuring out the issues and coming up with a solution.
bassmatt72 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com