Dakota pistols alternative fixes.


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April 5, 2010, 09:12 PM
I have a Dakota .357 that I bought in 1992 and the only problem I ever had with this gun was when I was taking it apart one day to do a deep cleaning, I broke the cylinder spring (hand and spring) and had a hard time finding one! Every gunsmith I spoke with said the same thing, "No longer made and no parts are available!" was told to junk it and buy new! YEAH RIGHT!!!! Since my Dad taught me to find alternate ways to fix a problem I found that the stainless scissor spring in a pocket knife (small multi tool) worked out pretty well. Just had to make a slight bend to it and it works even better than the original. Also helps the cylinder spin better! FYI for the Dakota the spring needed to have the small round end on it.

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April 5, 2010, 09:17 PM
If anyone has any other suggestions please share! Since this brand of gun is no longer made and parts are VERY HARD to find!

Oyeboten
April 5, 2010, 09:17 PM
Good going!



Now...a 'REAL' Gunsmith, would have simply said "Pick it up Tuesday" and made you the darned Spring, installed it, and tested it, and been reasonable about it.


Sheeeeeesh...how do these mooks have the gall to call themselves 'Gunsmiths' I will never know....they are usually so helpless and unable and incapable.


Glad you got it resolved by your own wits and means!


I have a 'Dakota' Bisley SAA in .45 LC...lovely Revolver, very accutate, smooth, fun, a joy all round.

Never thought about parts being hard to find...so now I know!

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April 5, 2010, 09:22 PM
Well I guess some people just can't think outside the box!

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April 5, 2010, 09:26 PM
This was the first gun I ever bought and it has been given the name of "Old Faithful". The few times I did go hunting it was always my backup! Come to think of it, It will always be my backup! First buy and first love, hard to replace!

Oyeboten
April 5, 2010, 09:50 PM
Post an image..!


Do you re-load for it?

messerist
April 6, 2010, 06:06 AM
Over on the CAS website several shooters have sent their SSA to Longhunter's supply where they have installed a spring and hand similar to what is on a Ruger single action. Maybe they can fix you issue. I believe the mod costs $40. Check them out. Good Luck
http://http://www.longhunt.com/gunsmithing/colt.htm (http://www.longhunt.com/gunsmithing/colt.htm)

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April 6, 2010, 08:53 PM
Thanks, for the info! The gun is fixed and enjoy shooting it even better than before! This was a .99 cent fix. I think the money I saved ($39.99) would buy extra ammo for even more fun! :)

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April 6, 2010, 09:13 PM
This is the gun, sorry do not any of the spring! I do not have the time as of yet to disassemble the revolver so I can post the picture of the spring! May be by this weekend I can have it posted. Sorry for the delay!

BHP FAN
April 7, 2010, 07:54 PM
Wolff has wire springs...

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