Help with bent K Frame ejector rod.


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20nickels
July 23, 2008, 07:08 PM
S&W 617 ejector rod got severly bent out of shape while out of it's frame. Completely my fault, It was traveling in an overpadded box. :banghead: Can the average kitchen table gunsmith replace it easy enough with a new one from Brownell's? Or is this experienced gunsmith territory?

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csmkersh
July 23, 2008, 07:15 PM
Replacement is no big deal. It just screws into the cylinder. Right now I don't remember if it's left handed or right handed threads. Since it's already damage, I'd put a set of vise grips on it and then turn the cylinder, not the rod.

machinisttx
July 23, 2008, 10:12 PM
What's the dash number? I'll look it up and see if it's left or right hand threads. You might also want to get a yoke/crane alignment tool and make sure the yoke is straight in the frame. If the cylinder and yoke were assembled when the damage occured, it's entirely possible that the yoke is now warped as well.

20nickels
July 24, 2008, 11:22 AM
Tks, Csm. I always like to double check thses sorts of things. I'm very angry with myself as this was such a straight shooter.

Machinisttx,
I'll get that that dash # for you and I am also afraid of the yoke also being warped. Do you have a link to the tool so I know I'm getting the right thing?

mainmech48
July 24, 2008, 12:38 PM
Brownell's is where I usually look first for special tools and fixtures.

FWIW, it's been my experience that it's almost always cheaper to pay a pro to do a job that requires special tools or fixtures to do it than it is to buy them for a one-shot fix.

They're likely to have them already, know what it takes to use them to best advantage, be able to handle any curve balls that might crop up in the job and charge less than the cost of the part(s) and the tools for the work.

KINGMAX
July 24, 2008, 12:42 PM
Either send it back to S&W, or pay a good gunsmith. Your best deal may be a good local gunsmith.

machinisttx
July 24, 2008, 02:53 PM
Machinisttx,
I'll get that that dash # for you and I am also afraid of the yoke also being warped. Do you have a link to the tool so I know I'm getting the right thing?

LINK You want the #2 tool (http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=654&title=YOKE/CRANE%20ALIGNMENT%20TOOL)

If you intend to work on your own S&W's, it would be a good idea to pick up a copy of Jerry Kuhnhausen's S&W shop manual. Link to manual (http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=25717&title=THE%20S&W%20REVOLVER%20-%20A%20SHOP%20MANUAL&s=32954#32954)

dwf6666
July 25, 2008, 03:16 PM
It really depends on how badly it is bent. These bend fairly easily and can be straightened. I set them up in my mill and use a dial indicator to locate and straighten them. If it is badly bent, then the centerpin is bent too. It's really not a hard fix unless it's broken. BTW these have been left hand threads since about 1961. Good luck

riverdog
July 25, 2008, 03:35 PM
I've received very good work and turn-around times from S&W. Give them a call at 1-800-331-0852 (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CustomContentDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&content=12010&sectionId=10504) and see what they think.

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