Model 28 shooting loose?


Cato the Younger
September 7, 2007, 10:24 AM
Dear All,
I have a model 28-2 HWY Patrolman in 357 Magnum. While shooting a fast string of 38 specials out of it (say 50 cartridges in 20 minutes) I noticed that the ejector rod began to come lose, as well as the top sight strap (the screw was backing out). Is there a perminent solution for this?

Thanks All,

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September 7, 2007, 01:11 PM
Clean the threaded areas well, then apply blue locktite and retighten. This has worked for me in the past.

September 7, 2007, 03:23 PM
Just a small amount, very small.

September 7, 2007, 07:33 PM
Heck, I've always considered unscrewed ejector rods a Smith characteristic. It's a familiar feeling, that hard-to-open thing.
In fact, when I finally got a later, newer-model Colt, a King Cobra, after all those years of Dick Specials and I-frames, and it did the same thing, I knew they'd Smith-ized the design for sure.
But seriously, go reeeeeeal easy on that locker. Make it a micro-dab or you won't like what happens.
Just to mention, a new 1974 Highway Patrolman was my third gun ever, and I still have it. Yup, the rod still unscrews because I'm too chicken to put the blue stuff down there.

Pistol Toter
September 7, 2007, 08:05 PM
Do NOT use Loc-Tite. Keep in mind that those threads are very fine and as such easy to damage. If the anarobic is too strong any susequent disassembly will at best very difficult and maybe impossible without damage to those fine threads. With that model the threads will be left hand. Place three spent cases in the cylinder and unless you have one of the special tools use a drill chuck from an old drill and catch the rod down close to the cylinder. Do not use pliers as crushing the rod is quite a potential. The three cases take the stress from the extractor allignment pins that are located in the rear of the cylinder. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN! Once cleaned, and reassembled the liklyhood of continued problems are slight as the cylinder turns in the direction to keep the extractor rod tight. Old Old S&W's had right hand threads and they did tend to loosen themselves.

Now if one of you want to take me to task over my opinion; go for it!


September 8, 2007, 12:12 AM
Agree with the foregoing, but I do use blue (medium strength) loctite.

I have done a lot of LEO S&Ws that way. I guess my philosophy was I would rather have them a bit too tight than work loose at the wrong time. They did otherwise tend to loosen up with some frequency.

September 8, 2007, 07:25 AM
I've used blue loctite on guns for over 30 years without any problems whatsoever, except I can smell it forever, no matter how long it's been since I used it. I kind of like the smell of it, actually.

I think my first gun, a horrible Taurus model 83, would have been totally useless without it, as it seemed like every screw on it loosened up when it was fired.

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