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Old 06-18-2008, 11:22 PM
Allen Allen is offline
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Need help with Benjamin 342

Today I got my grandfathers old Benjamin air rifle out of the very back of the safe to let a friend clear rabbits out of his garden. I have not shot the thing in years and it wont pump up at all.

I know nothing about air rifles and need ideas about what I can do or who to send it to for repairs.

Thanks for any help

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Old 06-18-2008, 11:36 PM
skeet skeet is offline
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Sounds like

The seals have dried out. I know it is probably not the best fix but oil everything..even some down the bore. Some in the air reservoir tube. Gun oil 30 weight or WD-40..especially no WD-40 or any other solvent like that. I fixed an old Sheridan that way. Still shoots good 10 yrs later...or more

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:44 AM
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Definitely sounds like dry seals. I agree with the oil er up and see if that swells the seals to make her shoot again.

If not search the net as there are a few individuals out there that can get her back to her original self.
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