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Slicking Up Winchester/Rossi 92
Roy Seifert

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Disclaimer:  This article is for entertainment only and is not to be used in lieu of a qualified gunsmith.  Please defer all firearms work to a qualified gunsmith.  Any loads mentioned in this article are my loads for my guns and have been carefully worked up using established guidelines and special tools.  The author assumes no responsibility or liability for use of these loads, or use or misuse of this article.  Please note that I am not a professional gunsmith, just a shooting enthusiast and hobbyist, as well as a tinkerer.  This article explains work that I performed to my guns without the assistance of a qualified gunsmith.  Some procedures described in this article require special tools and cannot/should not be performed without them.

Warning:  Disassembling and tinkering with your firearm may void the warranty.  I claim no responsibility for use or misuse of this article.  Again, this article is for entertainment purposes only!

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Following are the steps I performed on my two Rossi’s to slick them up and improve functioning. As we learn, we may have to replace a part or two that we over work.  That's part of the risk of the adventure.  I polished using 400/600 grit wet/dry paper or polishing sticks.  To remove metal I used jeweler’s or needle files.  I stay away from using a high-speed rotary tool because they remove too much metal and can get away from me and cause other damage.

Disassemble the rifle and thoroughly clean all parts

Trigger Assembly

____1.   Polish sides of trigger

____2.   Polish trigger spring and trigger mating surface

____3.   Lighten trigger spring by bending up

____4.   Stone/polish hammer mating surfaces inside the lower tang

____5.   Polish trigger pivot pin

Hammer Assembly

____1.   Polish hammer strut

____2.   Polish hammer sides where they contact the lower tang

____3.   Polish hammer face

____4.   Remove 3-4 coils from mainspring and flatten end, or replace with Wolff 19lb Vaquero mainspring

____5.   Polish hammer pivot pin


____1.   If the carrier is too tight in the receiver, remove some metal from the right side of the carrier.

____2.   Polish both sides of the carrier at the pivot pin holes

Ejector Assembly

____1.   Remove all burrs

____2.   Polish shaft

____3.   Polish all mating surfaces

____4.   Work the ejector spring only if necessary as follows:

____4.1.  Assemble the ejector, ejector spring, and ejector collar and insert into the bolt.

____4.2.  If the ejector protrudes about 1/4” from the front of the bolt, remove 2 coils from the ejector spring and flatten end  (NOTE:  When reassembling the bolt the ejector will lie almost flat with the bolt face.  This is alright because once the finger lever is in place the ejector spring will be under tension.)

____4.3.  If the ejector lies almost flat against the bolt face, do not remove any coils from the ejector spring.

____5.   Polish ejector collar ends

Finger Lever

____1.   Polish ejector collar camming surface

____2.   Polish lever retaining pin (only if necessary). 
(NOTE:  This is the pin in the rear of the finger lever that sits in a detent in the receiver and holds the lever closed.)

____3.   Polish front and camming surfaces of bolt locks

Bolt Assembly

____1.   Polish hammer camming surface on the rear of the firing pin

____2.   Polish hammer camming surface underneath rear of bolt

____3.   Remove burrs and loose metal

____4.   Polish sides and rails.  This is a light polish only; otherwise the bolt will be too loose in the frame.

____5.   Ensure ejector rides smoothly in ejector cutout

____6.   Polish front of bolt lock camming surfaces

____7.   If extractor is too stiff when the bolt closes without a case, remove metal from the REAR of the extractor until there is still a small amount of tension on the extractor.


____1.   Remove burrs and polish bolt rails.  Try bolt in receiver to test for free travel.  Stone and polish any high spots

 When reassembling the rifle, be sure all parts are lightly lubricated.  Too much oil attracts dirt, too little oil causes excessive wear and friction.


   © Copyright 2008 Roy Seifert.