This is the forearm screw as it should be. Although the photo is not of my friend's gun, the screw seated as well on his gun as on the gun in the ph...
A friend has a nearly antique Stevens Nitro Special shotgun. The screw that holds the forearm stock to the barrel had been bent and it would not seat fully. (See the blue arrow for the location of the screw.) He had been to a gunsmith who told him it was not any standard size and would be almost impossible to replace.
If I had known this project would turn out so well, I would have taken photos as I went. The drawing shows a block of steel about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch square with a tapped hole to receive the forearm screw. My best guess is that the screw was turned partially into this block attached under the barrel of the gun when the gun or the barrel was dropped and the screw absorbed the impact. Anyway, the screw would turn into its receiver only about three turns before it would go no farther. The result was that the forearm stock was loose on the barrel.
Step 2: A demonstration
Since I did not photograph what I did as I did it, I recreated the process with a common 6 x 32 screw and will demonstrate it here. The three nuts on the screw show that it is straight and the threads work properly. I included my watch to affirm I did not simply take before and after photos of this screw only seconds apart. The original screw from the shotgun appeared to be just a little larger than a #8 screw.
Step 3: I bent the demonstration screw
Here you can see the 6 x 32 screw after I purposely bent it about the same amount as the screw from the shotgun. The nut is turned as far onto the screw as it will go now.
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