Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

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Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby peterthomas » 10 Feb 2020 21

I haven’t seen this problem searching this site yet, so here goes.

I took down my R92 for a deep clean and the upon inserting the lever for reassembly and closing the action the whole rifle jammed up. The action is stuck shut on an empty case of 38 special and the lever is immobile. It will move towards the tang but I cannot move it to unlock the action. I have tried hammering in the pin that connects the bolt and lever and nothing. I have tried removing it and nothing. I have tried to remove the lever itself but it is completely stuck in the action and will not budge. The bolt is also completely stuck in battery.

The loading ramp isn’t blocking it because it is mobile
in the action with a but of fiddling.

The action went together normally with no unusual resistance.

I really am at a loss and have no idea what to do. I am new to these rifles but I did not think I would have this much trouble simply reassembling it.

It is with a very well-respected gunsmith who is local to my area and he is stumped.

Just to clarify everything, the gun is totally taken down except for the bolt assembly, lever, and feeding ramp. The lever will not come out the way it went in and the bolt is totally stuck in battery. The locking lugs will not lower but they will go slightly higher.

Any input is appreciated.
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Re: Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby Nashville Stage » 11 Feb 2020 08

Another member recently had a similar problem. Take a look here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6521

Several possible causes were discussed, and the problem was determined to be a couple of loose pins toward the end.

This might or might not be related to your problem, but it's worth looking through the thread for ideas.
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Re: Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby stevep1954 » 11 Feb 2020 09

welcome to the forum. good luck with your remedy. the 92's are worth the effort. post pics of the problem area when you get it back form the gunsmith.
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Re: Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby stevep1954 » 16 Feb 2020 18

did it get fixed?
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Re: Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby 73gitane » 17 Feb 2020 01

Hi PeterThomas,

I'm the OP of the thread Nashville Stage gave the link to. I hope you get it fixed soon. I was pretty discouraged when my 92 locked up. When I went through my adventure I speculated a couple other possibilities (it's usually the pin that connects the lever to the bolt) but it turned out to be the ejector spring stop pins. Mine were loose and hit up against the left guide jamming the works. Here's the same picture I posted in the other thread that shows the pins:

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The knurled ends of the pins are on the left side of the receiver (at least on mine) so you might try hitting the loading gate side of the receiver with a rubber mallet to knock the pins back into the bolt just enough to free the action, I had to resort to removing the screw that retains the left guide. When the guide moved a bit it allowed the lever to open enough that I could remove the lug screw and lugs followed by ramp and then removal of the left guide allowing the action to open.
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Re: Need help, R92 lever and action stuck in battery

Postby peterthomas » 21 Feb 2020 12

It is still not fixed. Thanks 73gitane, I will be sure to try that when I am off of work. I have a video of the problem that I need to post here. Just need to upload it somewhere first.
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