Mitchell 300 advice please

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Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by John Milford » Tue Feb 06 2018 10:36

I've got a 300 (several, in fact) in good, workable condition. However, the one with the best aesthetic appearance makes a soft 'kerching - kerching' noise as the head rotates!

I suspect it might be the baffle plate, but my tentative attempts to fiddle with it have not helped so far

Any suggestions how to sort it please, plus any general tips on servicing and maintenance?
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Feb 06 2018 12:25

It`s def the baffle plate John. I`m delving down into the darkest depths of my memory here, but I can vaguely recall there being a couple of metal "tabs" pressed into the baffle plate which could cause that noise if they were catching somewhere? Check theyve not been bent by accident....as for servicing, theyre as basic as you can get, just oil the bushing on the head, and lightly grease the gears. Teflon bike grease is good for the gears as its very "sticky" and stays put longer than normal grease :madmick:

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Post by davelumb » Tue Feb 06 2018 12:30

Mark's jogged my memory. It could be something like some line trapped under the plate and catching.

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Feb 06 2018 12:44

davelumb wrote:
Mark's jogged my memory. It could be something like some line trapped under the plate and catching.
Yes, that rings a bell (pardon the pun :laughs: ) :thumbs:

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Post by davelumb » Tue Feb 06 2018 12:55

Mitchells were great. All mine got roller bale arms and torpedo grip handles. And there were always two or three bale arm springs in my tackle box for when one snapped!

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Feb 06 2018 13:00

Dead easy to get spares for back then, and easy to fix yourself too :thumbs:

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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by Mike J » Tue Feb 06 2018 13:32

Nice reels its just a pity the head rotates the wrong way, typical Frenchies!

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Post by fergie68 » Tue Feb 06 2018 13:32

I was using one just last week on a old daiwa regal carbo spin I loved them but compared to even a cheapo modern reel now. They are rough.
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Feb 06 2018 13:56

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Nice reels its just a pity the head rotates the wrong way, typical Frenchies!
That was their only real flaw.....if you tried to feather the line at the end of a cast, it would wrap round your finger due to it coming off the spool the "wrong" way :laughs:

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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

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Mitchells were great. All mine got roller bale arms and torpedo grip handles. And there were always two or three bale arm springs in my tackle box for when one snapped!
Ah, the legendary 'Mitchell bail-arm flap'! I had beefed-up springs in my 410's (sadly stolen, along with much of my original gear). They closed like rat traps after I fitted those :wink: I wonder if you can still get them?

Admittedly, 300/410's are rough-feeling compared to even cheap modern reels, but I wonder how many of those will still be usable in 50 years from now?
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Feb 06 2018 14:16

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Mitchells were great. All mine got roller bale arms and torpedo grip handles. And there were always two or three bale arm springs in my tackle box for when one snapped!
Ah, the legendary 'Mitchell bail-arm flap'! I had beefed-up springs in my 410's (sadly stolen, along with much of my original gear). They closed like rat traps after I fitted those :wink: I wonder if you can still get them?

Admittedly, 300/410's are rough-feeling compared to even cheap modern reels, but I wonder how many of those will still be usable in 50 years from now?
Indeed :thumbs: ....same with the old Ambassadeurs....bit rough but last forever. Bet you could probably find some of those springs on Ebay John....

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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

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John Milford wrote:
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Mitchells were great. All mine got roller bale arms and torpedo grip handles. And there were always two or three bale arm springs in my tackle box for when one snapped!
Ah, the legendary 'Mitchell bail-arm flap'! I had beefed-up springs in my 410's (sadly stolen, along with much of my original gear). They closed like rat traps after I fitted those :wink: I wonder if you can still get them?

Admittedly, 300/410's are rough-feeling compared to even cheap modern reels, but I wonder how many of those will still be usable in 50 years from now?
Beefed up spring. Those are the ones. I might still have a couple somewhere.

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Post by piker60 » Tue Feb 06 2018 15:02

Been using Mitchell 306's on TE big pikes recently. I solvent washed the old grease out and replaced. Much better...but nowhere near as good as quality modern gear imho.
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Post by Creek Chub » Tue Feb 06 2018 17:03

If you can't fix it John send it to Mike Traynor at Mitchell Reel Repair, 4 Southdale Drive, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1BZ, he can fix most Mitchell problems and very reasonable. Pretty sure he has the stronger springs too.

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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by keith the piker » Tue Feb 06 2018 23:27

Almost definitely the tabs on the baffle plate - just press them back in. Result!

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Post by John Milford » Tue Feb 06 2018 23:55

Thanks for the advice guys. Job for the morning! :thumbs:
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Post by Mike J » Wed Feb 07 2018 08:48

piker60 wrote:
Been using Mitchell 306's on TE big pikes recently. I solvent washed the old grease out and replaced. Much better...but nowhere near as good as quality modern gear imho.

I used 306's on my Hornseas from the late 60's until last November.
There is something special about using the same tackle for that length of time, never having to look at the reel, knowing what the set-up was capable of whatever the fish did and I could put a bait where I wanted the bait to go without a second thought.
Doubt I will ever sell either, more likely go as a gift.

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Mike J wrote:
piker60 wrote:
Been using Mitchell 306's on TE big pikes recently. I solvent washed the old grease out and replaced. Much better...but nowhere near as good as quality modern gear imho.

I used 306's on my Hornseas from the late 60's until last November.
There is something special about using the same tackle for that length of time, never having to look at the reel, knowing what the set-up was capable of whatever the fish did and I could put a bait where I wanted the bait to go without a second thought.
Doubt I will ever sell either, more likely go as a gift.
I agree it's nice using old gear Mike. Although in a few ways it does remind me how far things have advanced.
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by John Milford » Fri Feb 23 2018 02:07

Old reels drive you mad! Fiddled around with the 'offending' reel for ages. Still 'kerching'. Swapped spools - sorted! Same 'noisy' spool on another 300 - perfect! :shrug: :dizzy:
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

Post by Mike J » Fri Feb 23 2018 09:51

John Milford wrote:
Old reels drive you mad! Fiddled around with the 'offending' reel for ages. Still 'kerching'. Swapped spools - sorted! Same 'noisy' spool on another 300 - perfect! :shrug: :dizzy:

Bent spindle perhaps ?

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Post by OLDESOX » Fri Feb 23 2018 14:04

John it's wear and tear mate, i've got 4 off them and loadsa spares.minor wear can cause misalinement hence the grinding sadly
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Post by John Milford » Fri Feb 23 2018 21:03

The spool swap seems to have cured the problem :thumbs:

(I guess the reason for using an old Mitchell will not be for its silky smoothness in any case!)
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John Milford wrote:
The spool swap seems to have cured the problem :thumbs:

(I guess the reason for using an old Mitchell will not be for its silky smoothness in any case!)
off barbel fishing with mine soon, backwinding is such fun
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OLDESOX wrote:
John Milford wrote:
The spool swap seems to have cured the problem :thumbs:

(I guess the reason for using an old Mitchell will not be for its silky smoothness in any case!)
off barbel fishing with mine soon, backwinding is such fun
Watch your knuckles! :pipe:
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Re: Mitchell 300 advice please

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John Milford wrote:
OLDESOX wrote:
John Milford wrote:
The spool swap seems to have cured the problem :thumbs:

(I guess the reason for using an old Mitchell will not be for its silky smoothness in any case!)
off barbel fishing with mine soon, backwinding is such fun
Watch your knuckles! :pipe:
they drag on the floor anyway John. lol
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Post by lochhopper » Thu Mar 01 2018 12:01

fergie68 wrote:
I was using one just last week on a old daiwa regal carbo spin I loved them but compared to even a cheapo modern reel now. They are rough.
From what I remember that used to be seen as an advantage by carp anglers at the start of the bolt rig days but before Baitrunners, as it meant you could fish closed bail arms without any danger of a run turning into an overrun.

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'Churners' :thumbs: Those were the days! :laughs:
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John Milford wrote:
'Churners' :thumbs: Those were the days! :laughs:
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Post by pikerholic2 » Thu Mar 08 2018 11:48

Take up sea fishing from a boat , the Mitchell’s make excellent ledger weights
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:laughs:
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