L61R Disassembly/Reassembly Instructions

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    I have a L61R 30.06 that my dad left to me. The gun is in really nice shape, except that the finish on the stock appears to have been damaged by cleaning solvent. In any event, it appears that a special tool is needed to disassemble the gun, and I would need to know the torque settings etc when reassembling it. Is there a video out there on how to do this, or could someone provide advice on the matter? Thank you.

     

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    What did you want to disassemble? Taking the barreled action out of the stock only requires a proper-fitting screw driver.

    Disassembling any further is usually unnecessary unless there is some problem internal to the bolt. Even then, no special tools are required.

    When placing the barreled action back in the stock I always snug both action screws evenly, then tighten the front screw as tight as can reasonably be done by hand using an ordinary screw driver handle; the rear screw should just remain snug, not torqued down hard. I don't know what this equates to in inch-pounds, kilopascals, or parsecs, but in practical terms it will do what is needed.

    Be sure that the magazine box is properly seated against the feed rails and is not in a bind. Clamping down on an unseated magazine box will bend the bottom metal. Also, if you find horseshoe-shaped spacers underneath either/both front and rear parts of the bottom metal be sure to replace those as you found them. If present, they keep the bottom metal aligned flush with the wood of the stock.
     
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    Steve,

    If by "special tool"......you are refering to the cross-bolt through the side of the stock..........do NOT touch it with any "tool". It is fixed, and not involved with any part of the barrelled action removal.

    Other than that.....what Stone said......especially the part about using a PROPER-FITTING screwdriver.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    If you are referring to the recoil lug crossbolt who's ends are exposed on the sides of the stock, a spanner wrench of the proper size & configuration is required. If you don't have or can not obtain one & are unfamiliar with it's use you should seek the help of a competent gunsmith. Like others said, the stock & barreled action can be separated without removing this crossbolt. With some care & diligence one can refinish the stock without removing the crossbolt, but to eliminate possible cosmetic damage to it's blued surface it is best to remove it. As with all gun work, use hollow ground type screwdrivers that fit the action screw slot properly or damage to the screw heads is guaranteed.
     
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    Just bought a wood stock for my Sako AV in 6.5X55. The stock has those cross bolts as well, probably made for a bigger caliber than the "Old Swede" that I've shot many times in the past.
    Not too worried about stock splitting with this caliber. I have been trying to find a spanner wrench as well and checked with Brownells and Numrich, but no luck. Seems they have them for German Mausers, but not the Sako...
    The stock seems it will fit well, other than a little too snug towards the rear and I dont want to force it. Seems a quarter turn of the cross bolt might open up enough to drop it right in...
    Maybe I have to bite the bullet and take to a gunsmith...
    Any suggestions?
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Exactly!
     
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    Might try finding the correct diameter 1/4" drive socket matching your bolt head and grind away until you have a spanner. Cheap, easy, and quick.
    Luck,
    Stephen
     
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    Loosening the crossbolt will NOT open the inletting further. The crossbolt doesn't hold the stock "together", but rather is in place (tightly) to absorb recoil from the recoil lug. Don't mess with it.

    Instead, if the inletting is too tight then the wood needs to be relieved slightly by removing a bit of it, not "spread apart".
     
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    By all means the OP should remove the 2 or 4 crossbolt nuts. He mentions solvent damaged finish and wants to disassemble the rifle accordingly. On the correct path, not the only. When doing most stock work we do not leave the sling studs in place, nor the bi-pods, nor the barrel and action, etc. I can only think of one occasion when the metal and wood can successfully be worked together, and that is when a metal finish is expected.
    Stephen
     

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