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Old 01-13-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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Bent Henry trigger spring.

I have a bent trigger spring on my Henry Mare's Leg. The first time I disassembled the gun months ago I found that the trigger spring was bent. I sent a message to Henry CS and got one in the mail in a few days. That was months ago and I have shot it several times since. The trigger has always felt good. So no issues with it working. This weekend I took the trigger out again and the spring is bent again. I think the stock spring is a coil or two too long and gets bent when the trigger is squeezed. There is a hole in the trigger but not one in the receiver where the other end of the spring sits so when the trigger is pulled back the other end of the spring slides. I cut a coil off of the spring and slid it over a pin punch to straighten it out some. It works but I am looking for a permanent fix. I wrote Henry and asked if this is a known issue and if they would send me a half dozen springs. So I can experiment to find the right length. I wonder if our resident Henry guru has seen this and what was his fix?



In this pic the spring and trigger are in the receiver. In the center is the spring in the trigger and just above it there is a scratched area on the receiver.


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Old 01-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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They seem to bend on mine too but like you say it isn't a problem. Do not cut more than one coil off the spring. It will allow the firearm to slamfire if you do. As a safety check load the rifle and point it in a safe direction. With the hammer cocked bang the butt against a post. The hammer should fall but it should not fire. If is does it is unsafe to carry. If you cut one coil off your trigger pull will go from about 3-4 pounds to right at 2 1/2 pounds.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Sir, that is what I thought. I tried a search for this on rimfire central and the Henry forum and found nothing. I guess that very few Henry owners bother to remove the trigger assembly.
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Thanks Sir, that is what I thought. I tried a search for this on rimfire central and the Henry forum and found nothing. I guess that very few Henry owners bother to remove the trigger assembly.
I cut a coil out of all mine. I'm only familiar with the .22 rimfires so the centerfires may be different.
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P.S. don't forget to put some grease on the spring. It doesn't need the lubrication but it helps keep it in place.
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Next question? When you cut off a coil do you cut where the end of the first coil overlaps the top coil. Or the next coil down? I drew a picture of what I mean. I hope it is clear, the end of the wire would be at top right.

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I cut mine right at where the spring ends except down one coil. At first I cut them down one and a half coils but found that was too much. Just think of cutting exactly one coil off.
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Why not replace the spring with a weaker one .
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Why not replace the spring with a weaker one .
I wouldn't know where to find a spring that would be the same size but weaker.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:05 PM   #10
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I have 100's of them or any good gun smith should a good collection of them . There is are ton of things that have springs and small part in them I disassemble everything before throwing anything out , like most auto engine pressure switches have a spring and ball bearing in them . Ball point pens springs .
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You could always ask the "Machinist" to wind you a spring.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:22 AM   #12
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Here is some of mine pick one Any gun smith should these
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I did not see the caliber of this Henry.
22 or what?
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I did not see the caliber of this Henry.
22 or what?
It's a .22lr Mare's Leg.
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An update to this dusty old post.
I sent a message to Henry customer service requesting replacement springs. And asked if they could send me a half dozen springs so I could figure out just how much the spring might need to be cut back to function properly and not bend. Or to see if they were aware that the springs bent and may need to be replaced with a shorter spring. After a week of no reply I sent a second message. Still no reply after another week, so yesterday I called the customer service department and told them about my two requests and explained the issue of the trigger spring being bent. The rep said there was definitely something wrong with the firearm because the spring should not bend. I told him I had been told by other Henry owners that it was common. He was surprised and said he had never heard of any Henry trigger springs being bent from use. He insisted that I return the firearm and sent me a return label. So on Monday I will pack it up and ship it to Henry. Looking forward to seeing what they find out.
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An update to this dusty old post.
I sent a message to Henry customer service requesting replacement springs. And asked if they could send me a half dozen springs so I could figure out just how much the spring might need to be cut back to function properly and not bend. Or to see if they were aware that the springs bent and may need to be replaced with a shorter spring. After a week of no reply I sent a second message. Still no reply after another week, so yesterday I called the customer service department and told them about my two requests and explained the issue of the trigger spring being bent. The rep said there was definitely something wrong with the firearm because the spring should not bend. I told him I had been told by other Henry owners that it was common. He was surprised and said he had never heard of any Henry trigger springs being bent from use. He insisted that I return the firearm and sent me a return label. So on Monday I will pack it up and ship it to Henry. Looking forward to seeing what they find out.
Keep us updated.
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+1....Please do.
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If the spring is the right length then I can think of three things that could be wrong.
One. The hole in the trigger that it sets in must be drilled at the wrong angle.
Two. The hole is too shallow or both shallow and wrong angle.
Three. There should be a hole in the receiver frame for the end of the spring to set in.
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If the spring is the right length then I can think of three things that could be wrong.
One. The hole in the trigger that it sets in must be drilled at the wrong angle.
Two. The hole is too shallow or both shallow and wrong angle.
Three. There should be a hole in the receiver frame for the end of the spring to set in.
I don't remember any hole in the receiver frame but Henry receivers aren't all the same. I know of three different types just for the H001.
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I should be getting my Mare's Leg back tomorrow. I shipped it to them on Tuesday last week. And received a message from them with tracking # yesterday for delivery tomorrow. I don't know what they did there was no info in the message. I hope they give details in a note with the gun. I am impressed with the quick turn around. Looking forward to having a reason to go shoot it. Not that it takes much of a reason to shoot.
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