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How do I get the mag spring out of a 1400?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by milkmaster, Jul 23, 2007.

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  1. milkmaster

    milkmaster TS Member

    May 24, 2007
    My brother bought a nice looking 20ga Winchester model 140 from a fellow redneck while sitting at the local diner. The worst enemy of this gun was overlube! Oil fogged the area when we ran a couple of rounds through it behind the restaurant. So...He gave it to me for cleaning. Being the loving younger brother I am, I agreed and plan to shoot it just a little before he gets it back For those of you who may be worried, the diner is out in the county and has a turkey shooting range used in the winter out back.

    I went online and found a manual for a 1400 which seems to look the same. About two rags wiped the oil out of it for inspection. I disassembled the gun completely except for the mag tube spring assembly. Specifically, I easily removed the gas system from other end of the mag tube. Those of you who know the 1400 and other Winchester shotguns will remember and would recognize the plastic stop that releases the bolt after loading and also holds the stored shells into the magazine. I see these broken occasionally on used guns. Well this one isn't broken, and I don't want to break it. The manual doesn't address it and it isn't obvious to me how to get the mag spring out to clean the tube. IS their some sort of trick to it?

    Any help is appreciated.
    Murfreesboro, TN

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  2. jaydee

    jaydee TS Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    The spring is removed from the front of the tube, not through the mag end.

    The gas plunger is connected to the bolt by two rods in a "wish bone" type assembly. The joined end of the wishbone is connected to the gas plunger by a pin on the top side of the mag tube. To access the pin you must remove the barrel. The pin will be under some pressure from the spring. Insert a dowel, screw driver or whatever is handy and will fit into the front end of the mag tube and depress the gas plunger enough to remove the pressure on the connecting pin. The connecting pin just snaps in so with the pressure released you should now be able to snap it out. Some gentle prying with a screw driver or pulling with pliers may be required.

    With the pin removed, slowly remove the dowel, screw driver, whatever from the mag tube until the pressure on the spring is released. Any quick moves now and you will be watching gas plunger and spring as they fly in a gentle arc to the other side of your work area!

    You can now remove the plunger and spring and clean to your heart's content.

    Reassemble in reverse order.

    If you want to completely remove the wishbone so you can clean it and the points where it enters the receiver, proceed as follows:

    With the wishbone still disconnected from the gas plunger, remove the trigger group. You will be able to see where the rods connect to the bolt. The rods just snap in so they can be disconnected from the bolt by some pressure toward the botton of the receiver. Once disconnected, move the bolt to the rear position so that it remains disconnected. Slide the wishbone forward and out of the receiver.

    Good luck.
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