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Old 12-04-2019, 06:35 AM
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I just bought an old Winchester 121 single shot for a project. She has a bright bore, and the trigger is about what you would expect for the rifle, functional. I will post pics later today.

The only issue is that the safety drops when the bolt handle is lowered. I can re-engage the safety and it holds. The striker does not drop when the safety disengages.

I need to get her bolt apart to see if the problem is just a lack of cleaning, But I don't know how.

Anyone have any advice?

Yes I have tried google, no luck.

Any help is appreciated.
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I think you are on the right track - sounds like dried up oil scum causing drag on the safety.

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I just bought an old Winchester 121 single shot for a project. She has a bright bore, and the trigger is about what you would expect for the rifle, functional. I will post pics later today.

The only issue is that the safety drops when the bolt handle is lowered. I can re-engage the safety and it holds. The striker does not drop when the safety disengages.

I need to get her bolt apart to see if the problem is just a lack of cleaning, But I don't know how.

Anyone have any advice?

Yes I have tried google, no luck.

Any help is appreciated.
Try submerging the bolt in some solvent for a day or two.
That should break up any old oil that could be gumming things up.
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Well, first the good news: you guys were both right about the safety, just needed a little oil soak and things went just as they should.

Now the bad news, more of a derp moment on me: when you take apart a rifle that you haven't had in hand for more than twenty years, TAKE PICTURES OF HOW THINGS GO BACK TOGETHER.

I spent a week stripping and sanding the wood, she is on her second coat of tung oil now. and then spent a couple of hours polishing and re-bluing the steel.

Well, after all of that, i forgot how the damned trigger spring and ejector went back in. Took me two hours of cussing and dropping tiny springs.

BUT, she is back together, and looking good. (or she will be when the tung oil dries and the right part is here.) I am just waiting on the proper stock bolt and bushing from Classic Firearms and Parts, and she will be back together properly. I have no idea why bubba decided to smear that red crap all over the wood, it's a beautiful rock maple with grain that absolutely shimmers in bright sunlight.
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for sixty bucks more I could have had a brand new Ruger American 22, but I learned how to shoot on a Winchester 121 single shot. I remember Dad taking me out to shoot off the little bridge at Barkman Creek when I was about four, maybe five.

Sometimes it's not about the money.

Pics to follow when she dries. I'm HOPING to shoot her by Christmas.
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Well, she's dry, and looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

First the before pics:
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And now the AFTER pics:
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I have a vintage Weaver K4 on the way. I'm not really a fan of the rings I have right now, would rather have old school weavers, to complete the look, but that's all I could find right now.

This is the third rifle I have rescued from Time. Better hobby than fishing, for me, and a whole lot more rewarding for the next generation.
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Nice job. I caught the biggest fish of my life with a 721 Rem in 270 W.
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