1860 base pin removal...HELP!


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oldsmokeyjeff
October 11, 2008, 09:42 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and was refered here from another I have been a member of for awhile. They said you all were pretty knowledgable about these old bp revolvers so here goes. I have an older Hartford model 1860 with the nicest finish and case colors I have ever seen on a replica. Problem is the previous owner seems to have bent the base pin. For the life of me I can't see how he did it but the cyl can't even be mounted. I can get the parts, base pin and the pin to hold it in place..(they used a third barrel pin). The pin they use is inserted into a blind hole in the back of the frame where the hammer rests. I assume this rides in a slot in the base pin and frame to jam it and keep it from unscrewing. The only way I can see to remove this is to drill the pin out...(the jam or locking pin). Does anyone have any experience with this or know anyone who does this? Thanks!!!

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Voodoochile
October 11, 2008, 12:40 PM
Pretty much you've got it right.
Drilling out the lock pin is the only way because it is a snug fit & no access other than under the hammer.

A drill press would be your best option but it can be done with a hand drill & have the frame in a vise if you have a steady hand.

oldsmokeyjeff
October 11, 2008, 01:09 PM
Thanks for the info...guess I'll try the drill press...I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some procedure I was missing! Thanks again!

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