wooden patchbox spring

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I am building my first rifle and I have a wooden patchbox instaled but like the dumby that I am I bought a kibler wooden pachbox lid thinking the work would be less but scence I had to cut the lid and the box its self is at a different ane the sping that came with it wont work. can I fix this goof
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I am building my first rifle and I have a wooden patchbox instaled but like the dumby that I am I bought a kibler wooden pachbox lid thinking the work would be less but scence I had to cut the lid and the box its self is at a different ane the sping that came with it wont work. can I fix this goof
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Pictures would help.
 

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I'm not understanding what is going on. You have a normal type sliding wooden patchbox lid, and you need a proper spring latch for it?
 

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What did you cut off , the butt stock length , the patch box lid ,or both?? We are still guessing as to what is the problem???????
 

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I had to cut part of the patch box lid off and as a result the spring is to short
 

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Just inlet it farther forward, wherever it needs to be. Easy peasy. If the little bit of extra inletting showing bothers you, you can fit little bits of wood in place and glue them in, so that wood is fitted all the way around the spring.
 

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Just inlet it farther forward, wherever it needs to be. Easy peasy. If the little bit of extra inletting showing bothers you, you can fit little bits of wood in place and glue them in, so that wood is fitted all the way around the spring.
I thought about that but this is what it would look like. Is there a way to fix that
 

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I've installed 20 or 30 of these , but prefer the pointed end spring,but you have a fat square end one w/dedicated screw mounting hole. Assuming the spring has straight untapered sides , the spring can be inlet further toward the front end of the lid until the catch end meats inside edge of the butt plate. Also , the catch lip itself needs to be filed to the same angle of the inside edge of the butt plate , so it will click over the inside edge of the butt plate to lock the spring in place when the lid is closed. Hope this helps...................oldwood
 

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Can you describe what you perceive the end of a sliding wood patchbox w/ spring should look like?? Confused here......
 

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The thumbnail button needs to be angled to match the angle of the end of the patchbox lid. It just has to be forged around.
 

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I would cut the excess shaft to the right length and angle, then brass or silver braze a separate thumb piece on. That is how I make all mine anyway.
 

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Once it's really close (after the forging) you can use a file to get a more perfect angle, and stones to break the sharp edges. Get the button tip location, angle, and offset done correctly (or to your satisfaction) before you inlet it to the correct location though.
 

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You can heat and forge the button as previous posters have mentioned;

Or inlet the spring into the cover at an angle matching the buttplate. The spring doesn't need to be parallel to the sides of the cover to work.
 
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