Mr. Tndeerhunter. Sorry right back. I meant no disrespect. Maybe just reading too much into a blank statement. Maybe I came off wrong, but, you can understand my frustration. I've been working on this gun for 3 days and you offer me advice on cleaning rifles. Not really what I was asking for in my post. I said I would send the rifle to Browning if I couldn't get it back together.
I talked to my dad about this rifle before he passed away from cancer. He was fine with me trading it in on another rifle. He just didn't trust giving it to my other brother's who don't take their weapon apart like me, and because it is unique in design. It lacks a hammer block or safety. I still have 3 other rifles he left that I will pass on to future generations. You see, his greatest memories where of him and his 4 boy's hunting deer and elk, together, for more than 20 years. Nothing meant more to him than hunting with his sons. He was my best friend. The fact that I continue to hunt and pass it along to other members of my family is what matters. This is what was most important to my father.