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Just a simple tip I did with my winchester western trap machine. I bought a small rubber plunger for a sink. You know about 3 1/2" diameter and drilled a hole in the center so it would go over the tension bolt. The cup part of the plunger is going over the spring and the base is toward the front nose cone of the trap machine. This way if the spring breaks it might save the nose from being broke by the shock.

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Steve... Original Winchester handsets came with a large rubber "donut" washer that fit over the spring tensioning bolt between the spring and the nose of the trap to accomplish the very same thing. Winchester was well aware of the consequences if that donut was not there... Just an FYI... Dan Thome (Trap2)
 

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Never knew that there was supose to be one there. Wonder if there are any pictures of one out there. I have not seen it listed in the parts list, but I could be missing something too. I was reading the info from westernretro and they suggested to use one of the old gromets from the top arm. Those being so small I was out looking for a beefy bushing and spotted the plunger and thought hey this would be great. Has to be better than nothing. I sure don't want to have to start welding the front nose cone because of something that could have been prevented.

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I have a bunch of rubber cushions made up for this purpose. They're about 3 x 3 with a hole in the center for the X42 mainspring tension screw.

Ian Brotherston Western Retro Products
 
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