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 Post subject: 308/408 bail springs
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:18 pm • #  
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Just heard something last night about the bail springs on the 308/408 reels.  I was talking with a friend about these reels and he told me that there are two different versions of the spring for them.  One has 4 coils and the other has 5 coils.  He said to find out what one your reel uses, turn it so that you can read the bottom of the head and look for the 4 or 5 as a raised casting on it.  Can anyone add to this?  He also said that they are both a lot harder to put in compared to the 300.


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 Post subject: 308/408 bail springs
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:53 am • #  
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Hi Syd

I dont think the earlier reel with 4 coil springs actually had 4 on the rotor but for sure the 5 coil ones did have a raised 5 on the rotor.

The springs for these are smaller than 300 springs so I guess they can be cosidered a little more fiddly but really I have never had a problem changing them.

Kind regards Roy


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 Post subject: 308/408 bail springs
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:25 am • #  
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Hi Syd,

The bail springs on a 308/408 i find are very easy to replace, in-fact i find them easier than a 300, all practice Syd but just be-careful if the spring is not located properly it will sit between rotor point and the bail-wire mount, the bail screw should always lock off.
On the digit 5 question, the bail Spring changed from a "4" coil to "5" at serial number 560651, the rotating head started having the number "5" cast on it at serial number 702331, not sure of dating the serial numbers at this time but I'm sure this will answer your question mate.

Regards Martin


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 Post subject: 308/408 bail springs
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:04 am • #  
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Hi Martin,

Here's the Mitchell notice regarding this topic:

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This bail spring change took place in the mid 1960s...

Best Regards, Wallace

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