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    Re: Savage model 29

    A more detailed inspection revealed both the barrel shank and receiver bore are not round but egg snapped.Not wear though as the blue is still evident. Shank is .624" top/bottom but .618 " side to side.
    Receiver is .625" side to side and .630" top/bottom.

    I think .003 steel shim is what I'll try first ,maybe some retaining compound.All of which can be easily removed.

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    Re: Savage model 29

    Pat since your going to modified it somewhat, why not just order a octagon blank. That's what I did with my Stevens side lever , which is also a takedown !

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    Re: Savage model 29

    Van, this barrel is too nice not to use it.Just a poor design on an otherwise solid built rifle. I'm really now just thinking cutting precision steel shim to wrap around the shaft .About .003 .That will increase the o.d. to + .006 and should make for a tap together fit. That way nothing is changed structurally.

    One thing that kept going through my mind though was to set up receiver and drill tap on an angle a set screw hole through mag tube hole that will push rearward on pin.

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    Re: Savage model 29

    I like the idea of the steel shim and was wondering the possibility of milling a couple of splines in the wrap to line up with it's counter part into the receiver even ?
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    Re: Savage model 29

    The more I study on it the more resistance I have to alter the parts as far as machining. But you know probably the most rigid repair would be to skim the receiver bore to .640" which is only .010" bigger than the larger part and tap it for 5/8-18 helicoil .
    Then single point thread the shank of the barrel 5/8-18 ,adjust until small amount of torque at shoulder .
    Never to come loose again.

    Might be a little tricky clearing the pin slot so taper pin can install but this would work very well.Shim will be first and if that doesn't suite me will precede to more aggressive measures .

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    Re: Savage model 29

    Sounds like you have a good plan !

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    Re: Savage model 29

    Shim worked perfectly, used .0025" steel shim stock cut precisely to fit the shank . Placed it in place and wiggled the receiver to start it.Then indexed it .Put a little oil on shim stock and tapped it down to seat action.Nice tight fit with no wiggle.Once I drive the pin in should be good to go.Need to fix a crack in handguard before assembling.Hopefully later this week.
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    Re: Savage model 29

    Nice !!
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    Re: Savage model 29

    Success , Rock solid now .Made a domed brass punch to set taper pin just waiting on better weather to test fire .
    By adding the shim on top 2/3 of shank ,this forced the slot side down increasing resistance on taper pin ..So better all the way around .Can't wait to test fire!
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    Re: Savage model 29

    Love it, such a classic look, better looking then the old Winchester 61's, or the Remington 12's !
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