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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Smith View Post
    Once people realized what they had, the price doubled. I bought mine for $70 or so, but the going price is roughly double that now.

    You might check Gunbroker and get lucky, but chances are that $120 is going to be the best you can find.

    Josh
    Josh, I managed to get one for $100. The stock was really ratty, so I stripped it and gave it a military "boiled linseed oil" finish. The receiver wasn't grooved on this one, so I drilled & tapped it. Used Weaver rail designed for a Ruger 10-22 as the "flat" top of the receiver was slightly rounded almost in the same profile as the Ruger. My firing pin was very sticky and wouldn't retract properly causing feed problems, so I went looking for a new one. Found a pair of them wrapped in paper located in the cleaning kit recess in the stock! I don't remember where I found it, but I picked up a cleaning kit somewhere. Put one of the FP's in that kit and stuck it back in the stock. My extractor, like yours was pretty crappy, so I was extremely happy to find your posts on making a new one. I didn't have to completely craft one, but just reshaped the claw to the profile you show in your pix. What a difference that made. Now, with the new firing pin/ejector and the reshaped extractor, all my feed and ejecting problems have gone away! Like yours, it's a great shooter and actually groups better than an Anschutz 1451ST I had. (Sold the Anschutz and kept the M69.) Sorry for posting this here, but I just joined the forum and can't send you a PM until I've got 15 posts. Jim Sheldon Park City, KS
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    Hi Jim,

    Good work.

    If you want the other firing pin to be serviceable again, just put it on a flat surface and check to make sure it's not bent. Use 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper to smooth each flat side. It will then retract.

    I've located another at the local shop for $140 or so, but this one has all matching serial numbers. I'm seriously considering it as I sold my original.

    Josh

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    Nice .22's. I picked mine up at the Franklin, IN show earlier this year. A little polishing work on the bolt contact areas smoothed it up a bit. All matching numbers and shoots great.

    Apex Gun Parts (online) has a few parts for this rifle for sale. Trigger guard, front sight hood, firing pin, and a combo screwdriver. Not a whole lot of replacements parts out there for these, as stated.

    Cheers

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    There are some old gems that can be found in pawn/gun shops that are a better value, dead accurate, and built to last. The Remington 5 series comes to mind and can be found cheaply. The 510 and 511's that I had were tack drivers. And about $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Smith View Post
    Hi Jim,

    Good work.

    If you want the other firing pin to be serviceable again, just put it on a flat surface and check to make sure it's not bent. Use 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper to smooth each flat side. It will then retract.

    I've located another at the local shop for $140 or so, but this one has all matching serial numbers. I'm seriously considering it as I sold my original.

    Josh
    Thanks Josh,
    I had already figured that out when I put the new one in. It was a stamping and bowed just a bit. Looked like it was home made compared to the new one. I laid it on the anvil, whacked it twice with my brass hammer and polished it with the Dremel and a rubber polishing drum. Smooth as glass now, but the retaining pin slot was deformed so I left the new one in the gun and put the old one back for a template if I ever have to make one.

    Mine has all matching numbers as well and it was the worst of 2 the guy I got it from had. After the stock, firing pin and extractor work plus scope mounting, it's by far the best of the two.

    Like a dummy, I disassembled the bolt before I really knew what I was doing and promptly fell victim to the deadly "sproing". The firing pin spring keeper was looooong gone as I was outside when it happened. Like the extractors, this part is non-existent on the market. Took a piece of 5/16" cold rolled steel and some 3/16" key stock, hard silver soldered the key stock to the chunk of steel, filed the key stock down to the right thickness and carefully filed the safety detent hump parallel to the face of the key stock. Drilled the center hole just big enough to clear the striker pin and BINGO, new keeper. Then, someone sent me a complete bolt so I now have some spare parts.

    I did post pix and instructions on making the keeper over on Rimfire Central.

    I also polished the mating sear/striker surfaces and dropped the trigger pull from a nasty 6.5 pounds down to 2.5 and did the same thing you did - put in an overtravel stop. Trigger breaks like glass now. Amazing little rifles these M69's and almost as easy to work on as a Mosin 91/30.
    NRA Life Member, Certified instructor, U.S. Army Security Agency, Retired.

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