Posted - 12/29/2006 : 2:48:50 PM I used some info I got from an article on the Winchester/Miroku 1892 hammer and trigger mods by SAAJim http://web.tampabay.rr.com/jimstags/win1892/index.htm and from other members here on the board about modifying the rebounding hammer on the Winchester/Miroku 1886's.Also from the thread on Winchester/Miroku 1886 misfires http://leverguns.sixgunner.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23355&whichpage=1 I have been getting misfires from light primer strikes and it was time to castrate the rebounding hammer and fix the terrible trigger pull. This fix does wonders for the action and makes it run much smoother. I have also been looking at different info on field stripping the 1886 but have not found much except out a firearms disassembly book. It always helps me to be able to look at pics when first doing something so I ordered an AGI video on the 1892/1886. I already have a good understanding of the 92 but there is enough differences in the 92 and 86 I wanted to see the video. IMO dont waste your money. The video basically says the receiver is longer and deeper and that the 92 is a baby 86. It mentions nothing or shows nothing about the carrier stop and the different procedure to get to and remove the bolt pin.So I'm working on a pictorial for field stripping the Winchester/Miroku 1886 but havent got it done yet. On to the hammer modification.
- STEP ONE:
Remove the upper and lower tang screws and pull buttstock off. The upper tang screw goes all the way through and screws in the bottom tang. The lower tang screw is a wood screw.
With the buttstock removed you can see the Hammer Strut and mainspring. The culprit is the lower leg of the Hammer Strut pushing against the the hammer causing it to rebound or bounce back.
- STEP TWO:
With the action closed pull hammer to rear and remove the receiver (hammer) screw. You may want to captivate the mainspring before removing the receiver (hammer) screw. This coil mainspring is strong and may fly to the next room if not held in place. You can use a paper clip or similar item to hold the mainspring in place.
- STEP THREE:
After removing the receiver (hammer) screw, open the lever and pull the lower tang straight back out of the receiver. At this time the hammer will drop out as well. Pictured below is the hammer and lower tang assembly.
Take the mainspring off the hammer strut.(Be careful, as this spring is strong and under tension)
- STEP FOUR: MODIFYING THE HAMMER STRUT:
You want to cut off part of the lower leg of the hammer strut so it doesn’t touch the hammer when the hammer is all the way down. I cut it off to approximately here and rounded off and polished the lower leg to remove any sharp edges where I cut it. The top leg of the hammer strut was already polished from the factory so I left it be. At this point the rebounding feature is GONE!
As far as the mainspring goes I chose to cut a few coils off to lighten it some. If you do this it is best to go slow and have a replacement spring handy just in case. I cut three coils off the mainspring but did so in two different tear downs and it works great with no light primer strikes. Again if you elect to do this it is best to go slow.
- STEP FIVE: REASSEMBLY
An easy way to captivate the mainspring for reasembly is to install the hammer in lower tang out side the receiver then insert the reciever (hammer) screw into lower tang, then allow the hammer to fall as far forward as possible and insert the spring and guide into the lower tang.Pull the hammer back compressing the spring. Once the mainspring is captivated pull out the Reciever screw out of lower tang.( thanks for the tip Griff!) Also I found it easier to look at the end or back of the receiver when putting the hammer and lower tang back in to help line up with the carrier. I used a punch to help line up the hammer, carrier, and inserted the receiver (hammer) screw. This modification helped tremendously in smoothing the action, and lightening the trigger pull.
- Heres the finished product.
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Edited by - Hobie on 01/03/2007 12:49:00 PM
Posted - 12/29/2006 : 2:53:52 PM I was too busy patting myself on the back after I got it back together, and didnt notice this. AARRGG!
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