Model 94 Takedown Question
I have an early model (1909?) Winchester Model 94 Takedown in 32 Special with an Octagon Barrel. I took it apart tonight to give it a yearly cleaning and ran into a problem putting it back together. The receiver and barrel locked up perfectly. However, the Magazine Band (Barrel Band?) that slides down the magazine and is supposed to seat itsel inside a cutout on the bottom side of the Barrel (to marry the barrel and magazine)will not seat its self properly. It really appears as if the Band is about 1/64 of an inch too long to seat itself. I must admit I felt like an idiot not being able to have the band fit properly.
Have any of ou ran into this issue? Is there a trick getting the band to seat itself? I would greatly appreciate any advice.