How important is a forend cap screw?

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How important is a forend cap screw?

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This summer I bought a Marlin 444 with a missing for-end cap screw. Now that I disassembled it to give a thorough cleaning (surface rust removal), it seems like having only one screw might affect the bedding relationship of the barrel and fore-end. Is it important to have a screw on each side? Where is a good source or does anyone have spares?

Oh it’s a pre safety and is cleaning up rather nicely. It sure was filthy though
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Re: How important is a forend cap screw?

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It's not a target gun so it won't matter......buts is still nice to have one in there as after time with heavy recoiling it will possibly flex to the one side or worse, the cap and tenon may fly off altogether.......it's a common thread size....I'm thinking a 6-48.....if you have an extra scope ring screw laying around it should work.....going from memory and there's not much of that left anymore so I could be wrong on the thread size. Scope ring screws will have a slightly different head to it but that can be taken care of by chucking the screw in a drill press or a regular drill and holding a file against it to match the head of the other screw......then touch it up with cold blue.

I keep hundreds of screws of most sizes along with taps and dies to make a screw if need be....all guncranks should keep these things laying around....Brownells sells a plastic compartment thingy with many different kinds of screws just for things like that. About the cost of a case of good beer.----006
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Re: How important is a forensic cap screw?

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I got a couple of the Brownells screw replacement kits.

Eventually all the soft steel hex bolts in my scope rings get replaced with Torx screws that are less likely to strip.
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Re: How important is a forensic cap screw?

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Contact Larry Osborn at:

marlingunscrews@gmail.com 208-651-6300

When it comes to Marlin screws nobody has any finer made screws than he has, and at fair pricing.

Be sure to pull the other screw first to make sure the missing screw isn't snapped off in the forearm cap hanger!
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Re: How important is a forend cap screw?

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I have the stocks and mag off. The hanger is empty on the right. I should have some 6-48 screws tucked away somewhere to try. I’d rather have something in there. The hanger isn’t very tight in the dovetail. It seems cinching down on just one side wouldn’t be a good idea
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Re: How important is a forend cap screw?

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The proper screw has a oval head, and usually smaller head than the typical 6-48 gun screw. Hope you have something that also looks like the other side.
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