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Reply: 24E Stored Cocked
Sun Dec 2, 2012 4:48pm

Typically springs only really wear when they are being used: compressed and depressed. When they are static, the wear is usually minimal. I would clean everything up and try and shoot it. If it fires, then great. It should be good to go. If it has light strikes or does not fire at all, then you need to replace the main spring.

It's a powerful and beefy spring, though, so i think you should be OK. The wear on the spring cocked should be similar to if it was not cocked, as the spring is only depressed slightly more when it gets cocked, but is always in a state of being depressed even when the hammer is at rest.

I would take the stock off (remove buttplate, remove giant bolt inside the hole, pull stock off) to get a look at the internals and the springs and watch the action of the hammer. If it looks good after you clean it up, it should be ok.

To clean it, I just blasted gun scrubber everywhere and then wiped it down, then oiled all the springs and moving parts. It was a pretty simple process, which is what I love about this gun, it's so simple!

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