I can't speak to what it went through before I got it, but it was painted with enamel paint almost as soon as I got it and has been painted numerous times over the years. Hopefully it's not rusted in the threads. I'll start scratching the barrel,recoil lug and action connections with a razor blade to cut the paint and start soaking it with Kroil or PB Blaster asap and maybe put it in the sun to do some minor expansion/contraction since it's been kept in AC all of the time that I've owned. Ive got an old Weller soldering gun if i need more within reason.Thanks alot all, Paul aka. scpaul44-40, Nicely done work plan. Would you elaborate on this, “Use the recoil lug cutout and the 5/16" bolt through the bottom of the 700 action clamp up the action tight.”?
I don’t understand this step of your work plan. That is, the 5/16” bolt insertion step.