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Failing availability of an authentic Lebel mag tube, one can be fabricated from the appropriate diameter K&S Brass Tubing ( brass, thinwall), Illinois.
They have mailable 3 foot lengths of tubes of several wall thicknesses, in some metric and Mostly Inch diameters from 1/8th inch up to 1inch diameters , going by 32nds and 64ths steps. I have replaced a Kropatschek tube ( 8x56RKrop) with brass tubing found to be a close match, as a Lebel Tube is not much different from a Kropatschek one in dimensions.

And K&S are not expensive either.

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The magazine of the Mle 1886 rifle (Lebel) is drilled directly in the wood of the forend, there is no brass or steel liner, but at the receiver end there is a very short tube holding the spring plug.



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Thanks for the link, its an excellent reference. Does anyone have a close up of the magazine short tube itself and plug, or maybe know where I can find these parts? I have an all matching 1890 dated lebel, and this was all that was missing.
 

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I do not have any of these parts anymore, I must have used my last one in last restoration project.
I do not know of anyone that has any spare parts of the tube system.

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It can be replicated, providing you have a model to copy from, its made of two parts soldered together, the tube itself, choked at one end to hold the spring plug, and an underside "shoe" to lock it in the forend and hook the forend to the receiver.
Here is a drawing from an old 1905 document:



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I thought that it would be a hard part to maybe find. If anyone may have a spare, i will be interested. Would it be possible to replicate the tube by and expirienced machinist? Does anyone have any dimensions?
I do not have a spare, but I am willing to take my Lebel apart and measure the tube, retaining pin and piston. I already have closeup photos of these items. Just give me a little time to get the measurements.
The Lebel's tube is short because in field service it was found that a full-length metal tube like the Kropatschek tube was easily dented and so caused magazine feed problems.
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I have the dimensions, but need to clean up the drawings for the public. Probably do that later today. Do you have the piston as that seems to be more problematic than the tube?
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Any dimensions greatly appreciated. The diagram is about as close as i've come to seeing the dimensions of the part. Thanks again for the photograph and any pics with info you can post.
 

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I would recommend that the part be made of brass for ease of machining and assembly. The tenon could then be soldered to the tube. Otherwise, the steel would have to be tinned first. Not impossible to do, but why go through all that?
 
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