I recently removed the forearm band screw from a late 30s era 94 carbine. The rifle was picking up some rust at the end of the foreatm where it fits into in the forearm socket of the receiver. The gun appeared to be untouched since leaving the factory; I suspect the rust was from the sweat of hands carrying it for years.
I removed the band srew and slit the forearm forward on the barrel and cleaned out the rust and crud from the receiver and end of the forearm. The problem arose when I tried to re-install the screw - I couldn't get it to align up with the treaded hole in the band. My guess is that the gun was assembled when the forearm was new and dry and over the years the forearm had adsorbed moisture and expanded. Since the screw is relatively long and thin it had just deformed or bent to adjust for the expanding forearm.
So the question is - how do I get the screw back in the gun with the least amount of effort and/or changes to the gun?
Anyone have any experience with this problem that can give me some help?