Rob - you have to depress the metal clip (there may be a more technical term) on the right (bolt handle) side of the rifle before the barrel band can move forward. Sometimes you may have to use a tool to push it hard enough (a punch or dull screwdriver). If the band is loose-fitting enough it should slide forward. On mine I have to wiggle the top and bottom of the band forward and back and kind of "walk" it off. I've heard others have to use a wooden dowel and hammer to tap it off.
WILL- Is that for the front barrel band? The rear barrel band seems to have a screw or pin going through it. The head is similar to a machine screw, but is smooth. The other end seems to have been mushroomed out with a punch. Is this configuration the norm? How should this screw (or pin) be removed so the band can slide foward?
Hummm Just looked mine over...the rear band..closest to the reciever to me..ON MINE..has no bolt, screws or pins..just press in the lever type peice o metal on the right hand side (if holding it like your shooting ) and wiggle the band off....I had to use a screew driver on mine when I first took them off ...the forward most band has ON MINE has no pins ect...remove the cleaning rod..and press down on the bottom mettle release lever...I finly had to give mine a wack with a hammer to release due to all the dried cosolin. I took mine apart a few weeks ago to clean up the stock...good luck and remeber you can always se a bigger hammer.
The rear barrel band on one of mine has a hole on each side, as if a pin could be driven through, but it doesn't have a pin. The rear barrel band on the other one doesn't have holes.
Sounds to me like you need to drive out the pin. I'd tap on the smaller end of the pin with a light hammer and punch (I use a little nail that I've filed the point off of). Save the big hammer for when you just give up.
Will- Your advice worked - I was able to drive the pin out and the band slid off. I refinished the stock and it came out great. I was able to re-secure the barrel band with the same pin and it looks like it did before I drove it out. Anyway, thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
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